NVIDIA may add another member to their GeForce 6800-series graphics card family, the GeForce 6800 LE. The name of the GeForce 6800 LE was found in the unofficial ForceWare drivers v62.01. It is said to be a slower version of the current GeForce 6800-series.
Specifications of the GeForce 6800 LE are not disclosed at this time. It is even not clear whether the GeForce 6800 LE is a lower-speed flavour of the GeForce 6800 with 12 pixel and 6 vertex pipelines, or is a cut-down version of the mentioned graphics processing unit with only 8 pixel pipelines and/or fewer vertex pipelines. Earlier this year some reviewers got the GeForce 6800 graphics cards with only 8 rendering pipes enabled. After flashing a new BIOS version, additional 4 pipelines were activated.
Last week Dell Computer started to sell ATI RADEON X800 SE graphics card. On the question whether product would be released for retail, an ATI representatives told X-bit labs that the “X800 SE” part was targeted only at OEMs and is unlikely to reach retail. NVIDIA may respond ATI with its GeForce 6800 LE aimed strictly at OEMs.
At press time neither Dell nor HP offered GeForce 6800-series graphics cards with their desktop systems.