Our final destination today was Leadtek's booth. We have mainly known Leadtek for producing high quality, affordable video cards, however, since the SiS735 chipset they have been quietly moving into the motherboard market as well. It will be hard for Leadtek to compete in an already crowded market, however, the more varitey there is, the better it is for the consumer. I appologise for the poor quality of these pictures, however, due to the poor lighting at Leadtek's stand it was impossible to get decent quality images.
First up, Leadtek were displaying their new motherboards based on the i845E and i845G (integrated graphics) chipsets. Their i845E board has been called the P4i845E, and their i845G board has been called the P4i845G. There are no special features that separate these boards from the reference boards we have tested, however, this is because Leadtek are targetting them both at the value market.
Leadtek also had a couple of demo systems set up at their booth displaying the quality of their VIVO (Video In/Video Out) products. As you can see in the image below, Leadtek had a PC hooked up to a plasma screen running a Max Payne demo. VIVO has greatly increased in popularity as the technology has advanced, and i'm sure most of you will agree that the image quality produced by Leadtek's products in this demo is very decent.
GeForce4 Ti4200 cards have finally started to hit the market, long after the rest of the GeForce4 range was released. These have been highly sought after because, of all GeForce4 cards currently on the market, the Ti4200 provides the most bang for your buck. Leadtek of course had their Ti4200 card on display, featuring DVI and TV outputs and support for Leadtek's new Cinema TV Box.
I was quite surprised to see a board based on the upcoming new nForce chipset at Leadtek's stand. The Crush18D chipset features AGP 8x, 10/100 Ethernet, IEEE1394 ports, 6-channel audio and DDR333 support. The Crush18D does not feature integrated video, which is either a good or bad thing, depending on what your requirements are. However, for most of the people reading this website the lack of integrated video will be a good thing as all integrated graphics solutions to date haven't been able to provide nearly enough performance to smoothly run most current games.