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The Leadtek Winfast GeForce 2 MX DH Pro
An MX With all the Goodies...

By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta
December 21, 2000

Quality and Installation Of The Winfast GeForce 2 MX DH Pro
Come on in...

Physically there are quite a few items worth mentioning.  This is a high quality product, all components were mounted cleanly, all solder connections were solid and all of the traces were clean.   Although this card is based on an nVidia reference design, it is immediately evident that Leadtek wanted to distinguish this card from it's competition and made some "welcome" modifications. It is also obvious that Leadtek is trying to cater to more than one market with this card (over-clockers, casual gamers and "business" users).  The first thing you'll notice when you see this card is the oversized heatsink / fan...

Considering that nVidia's reference design doesn't even call for a heatsink because of the very low power consumption of the MX, seeing a cooler of this type was very exciting.  A heatsink is only good if it makes good contact with the chip beneath it though, so we pulled the heatsink off to see what interface material was being used (you all know how much I hate thermal epoxy here!)...

              

Woo Hoo! Thermal paste!  Leadtek did the right thing and used thermal paste to make sure the default cooling solution works efficiently.  It could have been applied a little more "cleanly" but at least the most important portion, the center of the chip, was completely covered.  Removing the heatsink also reveals the thermal probe which monitors the chip's temperature.  At first I was happy to see the thermal probe but I thought, because of it's location, there was no way for the heatsink to lay flush on the MX chip.  Then I looked at the underside of the heatsink and saw that Leadtek bored a small circle out of the cooler to insure it would lay flat. Leadtek put much thought into the design of this card.

              

The other obvious physical feature you'll notice is the secondary monitor connector.  We're sure that you've read about nVidia's Twin-View technology but not many cards have shipped with dual-outputs to fully take advantage of it yet.  Having the ability to connect two monitors is great. It allows a user to place their work on one screen and their tools on another, increasing the overall workspace considerably. You can also clone the output so both screens show the same thing, a great feature should you ever be giving a presentation.  There is also a TV-Out connector for playing DVDs or gaming on a television. Leadtek ships the DH Pro with an adapter so the TV-Out can be used with either an S-Video cable or a standard RCA type composite cable.  Leadtek also includes WinFast DVD software, making DVD playback a cinch.

The drivers that shipped with the DH Pro were based on the nVidia v.6.27 reference drivers.  There are a few changes to the nVidia interface, but not much else.  We took a few screenshots to give you an idea of what they look like but all of our testing was done using the v.6.31 reference drivers.

                             

We quickly want to mention that the 2D image quality was excellent with the DH Pro.  Because of the fast RAMDAC, you're able to run your monitor at high refresh rates which in general improves and stabilizes picture quality.  We especially like the GeForce 2 MX's Digital Vibrance feature (covered much more in depth here).  The brightness, contrast and overall intensity of images was excellent.

If you looked at the shot of the Advanced Settings tab (upper left), you'll see two options...one for overclocking and one for Hardware monitoring.  This is some good stuff, let's take a peek!

 WinFox? Who's That?

 
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