Where the card configuration does differ
though is the pipeline configuration.
Where as the GT and Ultra are 16 pipelines with 6
vertex units the GS is 12 pipelines with 5 vertex
units. The core is a 110 nanometer chip (as with the
other 6800 parts) and we have 256mb of GDDR3
memory on this card connected to a 256bit
As this is
a 6800 part we have all the usual features present
here such as Shader Model 3.0 (and
HDR) support. The card also fully supports Nvidia's
PureVideo technology for great video
out quality including the HD 780p and 1080i formats.
is shown above, as you can see the card is very similar
in design to the other 6800 models. A single slot
cooler is all that is required and this cools both
memory and core. The card runs incredibly cool
which is something we were not expecting, usually
when we remove cards from our test rig they are hot
to touch however even after a long testing session
the GS was still only lukewarm.
in the picture above is the power connector required
for the card to operate. Power consumption of the
card is 70w which results in the addition of this
connector where as the reference 12 pipe 6800 does
not need it.
connectors on the card are one area where we are slightly
disappointed with the reference design as this card
comes with 1 analogue VGA out and 1 digital out. We
would have loved to see two Digital outputs.
The rear of
the card features no major components, however what
you can see is the SLI connector, yes, the 6800GS
is fully SLI compliant which could
make it a very attractive purchase.