Leadtek Winfast GeForce256 DDR
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Setup - Please make note
Tower ATX Case w/ 300W PS, Pentium3 -533B
Overclocked to 600 MHz., Also Pentium3-500E
(Provided By OutsideLoop
overclocked to 750MHz. for some of the Quake3
tests, Abit BE6 Intel BX based motherboard,
128MB of EMS PC133 HSDRAM, WD 18G 7200RPM
DMA66 Hard Drive, Leadtek
Winfast GeForce256 DDR ,
72X CDROM, Win 98SE, DirectX7,
Leadtek Winfast GeForce256 Driver Build
- The Leadtek Winfast GeForce256
3 ARENA - HQ Setting, Medium
Geometric Detail, Low Quality
thing to note with any Quake 3 Arena benchmark you
see here, or anywhere else on the web for that
matter, is the settings of the game. Take a
look at the bold faced print up in the header of
this section. We used the HQ Setting with
Medium Geometric Detail (default with the HQ
setting) and Low Quality Sound. It is
important to note how these tests are set up so you
can make an accurate assessment on
scores in benchmarks are not created equal unless
they are... well, created equally. :-)
The setting above is the way we do all of our
benchmarks in Q3A at HotHardware.com, unless we
state otherwise. It is the default "High
Quality" setting and we simply change the color
depth and resolution for the individual tests.
We also like to set the sound quality to low since
we want to minimize the impact any given sound card
will have on the benchmark. This
"normalizes" the tests even further.
OK, enough with the fine print. Let's
isn't that sweet? Almost 40fps at 1600X1200
when the card is overclocked. I am really
beginning to feel the DDR version of the GeForce is
the only way to frag.
Yes! 60fps at 1024X768X32 !!!!!!! You
folks with a 19" monitor will know what I mean
when I say that this type of performance at this
resolution and color depth is sheer Fragging
Nirvana! All this done on a mid range
P3. No Coppermine needed here.
the heck... We have a Pentium!!! Coppermine
in house so we might as well use it!
Nellie! Things got seriously fast in the lower
resolutions and even in 16 bit 10246X768.
However, as you can see at 1600X1200X16 and 1024X768
and up at 32 bit color, the Winfast GeForce256 DDR
hits it fillrate. These scores correlate very
well as there is no difference at all no matter how
fast your CPU when you are running at high res. with
32 bit color. This speaks very well for Quake3
Arena as a benchmark platform too. The scores
are very repeatable.
the moral of the story? Save your money on
that new CPU if you are running anything in the P3
camp. There is only so much fill rate
available from the GeForce DDR design. If you
are looking for more frame rate then your only
choice is to overclock the GeForce DDR and squeeze
every amount of processing power you can out of it.
put a cap on this.
Words and The Heat Meter
Winfast GeForce DDR is an excellent example of
refinement of a circuit design. We
experienced significantly better performance
across the board and the stability during
testing was every bit as solid as the SDR
version. With the exception of the minor
glitch we experienced with the i820 board and
the somewhat spartan active heat sink, the card
is near perfect.
you are getting the extra bang for your extra
buck here. However, it is nice to see just
how much. As a side note, we typically
don't talk about price too much here at
HotHardware. Our perspective is that we'll
show you the best of the best in hardware.
Only the "hottest" products regardless
just for reference the Winfast GeForce256 DDR is
said to list at a $279 suggested retail
price. We have seen the SDR Winfast
GeForce256 listed for $229. So, you
decide, is $50 adder for DDR worth it? For
those who only want top shelf performance, I
would say the answer is a resounding yes.
give the Leadtek Winfast GeForce256 DDR a Hot
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