Inside of the box, eVGA has posted a very large disclaimer about the support for the product. It requests that users not to return it to the stores and instead call their toll free technical support.
One of the unique aspects of the eVGA product is their Step-Up Program. Under this, any registered user has the right to upgrade their product for a fee if a newer graphics card has been released within 90 days from the purchase of the graphics card. The rate of change in the graphics market can mean rapid model changes and this program is a bit of insurance for those wanted the latest and greatest.
All benchmarking of the eVGA GeForce 6800 GT was conducted with the following hardware and software:
- CPU AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice
- Motherboard DFI LanParty UT NF4 SLI-DR
- Memory OCZ Value VX 2x512MB Dual Channel Kit
- Hard Drive Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB x 2 RAID 0 Array
- OS Windows XP Service Pack 2
- Graphics Driver ForceWare 71.89
All tests were conducted at 1280x1024 as this is the most common native resolution for 17 and 19 LCD monitors. Tests were also conducted with the card in its default core and memory clock speeds. AutoOC mode from the NVIDIA nTune application was used as well as the best stable speed of 390MHz core and 1.08GHz memory speeds. Finally, two 6800 GT cards were connected for SLI mode.