Leadtek GeForce 3 Ti500 TD

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The Leadtek WinFast GeForce 3 Ti500 TD...
Yes, There is a Video Card Under all that Metal!

By, Marco Chiappetta
November 15, 2001

Let's continue the OpenGL testing with another round of Quake 3...this time with Anti-Aliasing enabled...

Quake 3 Arena
More at 32 Bit Color with AA

Even with all the graphical options maxed out, Quake 3 remains playable at 1024x768 with 4X AA enabled.  Remember to turn on anisotropic filtering to reduce the blurriness associated with some types of anti aliasing!

Anisotropic filtering turns this...

...into this.  Big difference isn't it?

Keep in mind these screenshots, taken at 1024x768x32 with Quincunx AA enabled,
are compressed JPEGs.  Actual "in-game" image quality is even better.

There are only so many Quake 3 timedemos a man can run without going crazy.  It's time to move on...

VulpineGL OpenGL
More Goodness...


Vulpine simulates an OpenGL gaming environment using it's own "game" engine, with highly detailed indoor and outdoor environments.  As expected, we saw similar performance between both cards at all resolutions.

Dronez OpenGL
32 Bit Color with Shaders

The great thing about running the Dronez benchmark with the Leadtek WinFast GF3 Ti500 TD, is that after I was done, I could actually play the game with the included CD! :)

Dronez is an OpenGL based title developed by Zetha Gamez.  Dronez uses the advanced shader capabilities of the GeForce 3.  Here is an excerpt of what features are actually used...

  • High polycount featuring extremely smooth characters, objects and detail of the environment
  • Exploiting of four texture units for custom lighting effects combined with multitexturing and custom, glossy bump mapping w/texture shaders and special effects.
  • Use of (a big amount of) Vertex Programs not only to achieve better performance on the usual tasks like skinning and animation, but also to help achieving our unique custom illumination system
  • Texture-Shaders for high quality per-pixel, per-light bump-mapping

There is also an optimized software only pipeline for older video boards that don't have the same shader capabilities as the GeForce 3.  We ran though a round of benchmarks at 32-Bot color using the "GeForce 3 Bump" settings...


Once again, we see identical performance between the Leadtek board and NVIDIA's reference card.  Notice that even with a more "advanced" title like Dronez the game remains playable all the way through 1600x1200.

The Leadtek WinFast GeForce 3 Ti500 TD is a top notch product, with a top notch bundle.  At a time when differentiating your product from the masses is next to impossible, Leadtek succeeds on all fronts.  Although the underlying board is similar to all other GeForce 3 Ti500s, the enhanced cooling makes the WinFast Ti500 TD physically unique.  When you open the package and find two full version games, a quality software DVD decoder, a suite of "custom" utilities along with all of the cables and adapters necessary to take full advantage of your card's extra features, you'll know you purchased a board from a company who put a lot of thought into their product.  We thoroughly enjoyed our experience working with the Leadtek WinFast GeForce 3 Ti500 and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a high performance gaming card.  It's not cheap (it can be found for approximately $310 on Pricewatch), but you certainly get what you pay for.  We give the Leadtek WinFast GeForce 3 Ti500 TD a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating of...

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