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Leadtek WinFast 3D S320 II
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Date: Dec 15, 2001
Section:Graphics/Sound
Author: HH Editor
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The Leadtek WinFast 3D S320 II

4/30/99

 

Leadtek was absolutely the first OEM to release a Graphics Accelerator based on the NVIDIA TNT2 chip. We received a full Retail Release 32MB SGRAM Supported Card. This is a highly anticipated product as we all know, so I won't bore you with a long monologue. Let's get right to it!

As I stated, our card came equipped with 32MB of SGRAM, a type of Synchronous DRAM specifically designed for video & graphics. This memory is designed to handle the high bandwidth requirements of today's PC Graphics Accelerators. The card had TV Out but no Flat Panel Output Capability. Leadtek will have a version that supports both very soon. Also, our card is officially called a TNT2 Standard card. That is to say that it is not a TNT2 Ultra version. We were informed that Leadtek will have a higher core clock frequency Ultra TNT2 Product ready some time in May.

Here are the rest of the specifics for the card we received.

 

The Leadtek WinFast S320II w/ 32MB SGRAM and TV Out


 


3D/2D Acceleration
  • Second-generation TwiN texel 32-bit graphics pipeline
  • 100% hardware triangle setup
  • Optimized for Direct3D acceleration with full support for DirectX6.0
  • 32-bit ARGB rendering with destination alpha
  • 24-bit Z-buffer, 8-big stencil buffer
  • Anisotropic filtering (better than Tri-linear MIP-mapping)
  • Per pixel perspective correct texture mapping including Fog, Light, and MIP-mapping
  • High performance 128-bit 2D/GUI/DirectDraw acceleration
  • 250M Pixels/Sec. Fill Rate


Video Acceleration

  • Hardware YUV 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 color space conversion support
  • Multi-tap X and Y filtering
  • Support planar YUV12 (4:2:0) to/from packed (4:2:2) conversion for software MPEG acceleration
  • DVD sub-picture alpha blended compositing
  • Video acceleration for DirectShow, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1


AGP 4X Sideband Support

  • AGP 4X/2X/1X mode with full sideband/Execute mode support
  • Supports over 900MB/sec in AGP 4X mode



Bundle Software

  • MPEG-2 (DVD) Player
  • PowerDVD from Cyberlink
  • 3D Web Authoring tool
  • WEB 3D from Asymetrix
  • Virtual reality web browser Plug-in
  • WIRL from Platinum
  • Authoring tool for VRML
  • VRCreator from Platinum
  • Graphics & Animation Software
  • 3D/FX from Asymetrix
  • Authoring Tool
  • RealiMation STE (Demo) from Datapath
  • Internet Browser
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Video Editing & Audio Clips Software
  • Digital Video Producer from Asymetrix
  • Internet Video Playback Plug-in
  • VDOLive Video Player from VDOnet


The above box shot cracks me up! You should see the Driver CD! There are all kinds of funky people on it like this dude! At any rate, this is an impressive set of specs and truly a well rounded card. The bundled software is a little lack luster. I personally don't care for game bundles all that much. Just give me solid hardware at a competitive price and save the confetti. Leadtek delivered here. This is a quality product. The layout of the board is neat, compact and efficient. Also, there is the added bonus of a heat sink that is equipped with a cooling fan on this card. This should afford you the utmost stability at top end clock rates. The board comes equipped with a standard Flash EPROM BIOS that is ready for updates while still in your computer. It should be "downloadable" from the Leadtek Web Site, should the need arise. So, you want us to fire this puppy up, right?!

 


Our Test System

Full Tower ATX Case w/ 300W PS, Pentium 2 -333 Overclocked to 500 Mhz., Shuttle HOT-649A Dual Processor Motherboard (single processor used), 128 MB of PC100 CAS2 RAM, IBM Deskstar 10GXP 10GB 7200 RPM EIDE UDMA Hard Drive, IBM 4.5GB DDRS34560D 7200 RPM Ultra SCSI 2 Drive, Leadtek WinFast S320II w/ 32MB SGRAM AGP Video Card, Monster Sound MX300 PCI Audio Card, Toshiba SDM1202 3rd. Gen. 4.8X DVD/32X CDROM, TNT Detonator Drivers, Win 98, DirectX 6.1


2D/3D Image Quality

The 2D Image Quality of the S320II is excellent. The TNT2 chipset it utilizes, gives a bright well saturated desktop display that is very crisp all the way up to 1600X1200. On our 19" Sony, the picture was perfect at our favorite Desktop Resolution of 1152X864. The 3D Image Quality is in a class all by itself! Here is some eye candy for you!

Click Images for a closer look !

If you want the original HyperSnap TGA Shots, click here for the ZIP file.


Enough of the pretty pictures. Let's hit you with the numbers! On to.....

 

S320II Benchmarks! --------->

 
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The Leadtek WinFast 3D S320 II

4/30/99

 

 
Once again, these tests were taken on a P2-333 Overclocked to 500 MHz. w/ 128MB of RAM.
     

 Quake 2 Version 3.20 w/ TNT Detonator Drivers Build Date 2/17/99

 

 

As you can see we were able to clock the S320II at 162MHz. this time without any adverse affects. We were able to reach higher clock speeds but there was noticeable visual artifacts and occasional lock ups.  I have a feeling, with more advanced cooling methods, this chip has a lot more headroom. In any case, these are blistering fast scores!
     

I really like the way the TNT2 scales in the higher resolutions and with heavy texture loads like in the Crusher Demo. This card is the Quake 2 Crusher Demo King!
     

Kingpin Timedemo Benchmark

Kingpin is the latest and greatest FPS with a graphics designed in 32bit color from the ground up. It deals a heavy blow to any graphics engine in terms of sheer polygon count and textures. The TNT2 did very well here, boasting high res. 32 bit performance at a silky smooth 38+ FPS. Truly, this is a card that will keep pace with technology for some time to come. Last but not least we fired up 3DMark 99!

Tested at 800X600 16Bit Color

This score is pretty impressive since the last time we saw the TNT2 16MB card,it scored around 3,300. Once again, fantastic performance from the WinFast S320II.

     
In closing I want to point out that this card, although not representative of the top end performance of the TNT2 (we can't wait for Leadtek's Ultra version!), it is currently one of the fastest video cards on the market. The 3D image quality is absolutely the best money can buy at this point in time. With 32MB of SGRAM on board, it is hard to beat this combination!
     
We give the Leadtek Winfast S320II TNT2 card a Hot Hardware Temp-O-Meter Score of...

95 !! - Get the hose! This card is on fire!

-Davo    
     
 


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