Leadtek's Winfast GeForce2 GTS

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The Leadtek Winfast GeForce2 GTS
The next generation GeForce makes its HotHardware debut


By Dave "Davo" Altavilla

Options, that's what typifies the Graphics Card Market at this point in time.  I don't think I have ever seen a time when there were so many 3D Accelerators to choose from.  There are so many different OEM manufacturers with lots of compelling technology to lure you into that next upgrade purchase.  NVidia  has certainly been contributing their fair share of product to the equation with their tireless six month new product introduction cycle.  There is a  ton of competing technology in the 3D Graphics space now and you, the blurry eyed consumer, are left to sort it all out.  What a great problem to have! 

The following is a look at yet another option at your disposal, with respect to your next 3D Graphics Card upgrade.  Taiwan and Fremont, CA based Leadtek Research, offers their Winfast GeForce2 GTS for your consideration.  Here is our take on the latest and greatest that NVidia and Leadtek have to offer.

Specifications / Features Of The Leadtek Winfast GeForce2 GTS

Straight up GeForce2 With Extra Cooling

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  • .18 Micron Core
  • 200MHz. Core Clock Speed
  • 256-bit Graphics Engine 
  • 32MB DDR memory rated at 6ns.
  • 1.6 GTexel per second throughput
  • 350MHz. Integrated RAMDAC for high resolution support of up to 2048X1536 resolutions
  • Per Pixel Shader 
  • 8 texture-mapped, filtered, lit texels per clock  cycle  with "Hypertexel" Technology 
  • High Definition Video Processor 
  • 2nd-generation T&L Engines 
  • High Performance Hardware Anti-aliasing 
  • Integrated TMDS - Transmission-Minimized Differential Signaling Transmitter
  • Double Data Rate (DDR) Memory 
  • AGP 4X with Fast Writes & Execute Mode 
  • DVD Motion Compensation
  • NTSC/PAL TV output encoding 
  • DVI interface encoding
  • 32-bit color, Z/Stencil buffer
  • Cube Environment Mapping
  • Dot Product 3 Bump Mapping
  • Vertex Skinning 
  • High Quality Texture Filtering, including  Anisotropic 
  • Advanced per-pixel, perspective-correct texturing and shading
  • DirectX Texture Compression Support
  • S3TC Texture Compression Support 
  • DVD playback package
  • Optional TV output and DVI Interface
  • Winfast DVD Software
  • Colorific Monitor Color Calibration Software
  • Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0
  • Windows 98 and Windows 95 display drivers 
We've seen this list of specs before so let's not dwell on it too much.  Suffice it to say that the Leadtek Winfast GeForce2 GTS (wow that's a mouth full) utilizes NVidia's latest graphics power house, the GeForce2 GTS chip.  With a 200MHz. core and a 1.6 Giga Texel Fill Rate, frame rates should be "monster" fast.  NVidia also added support for Full Scene Anti-Aliasing and Environmental Bump Mapping.  They also enhanced the DVD playback features of the chipset.  All told, the GeForce2 GTS is a very well rounded chipset with the best performance specs on paper, available in the market currently.

The Winfast card itself is a fairly well built unit with an excellent cooling solution.  As you can see in the picture above, the card has a very large heat sink and fan combo.  This dissipates heat very well and will add to the ability of overclocking the card.  We'll have more on this later.  Also, the memory used is the Infineon / Siemens DDR SDRAM that we have seen on other DDR GeForce cards in the past.  Here is a shot of one of the chips.

My apologies for that shot being a little blurry but so was the reviewer at the time it was taken.  ;-)  In any event, the Winfast GeForce2 GTS is a fairly straight forward reference design approach with a very nice active cooling setup as an additional bonus.  Our card came with VGA output only but there are versions that support DFI (Digital Flat Panel) and TV Out.


It's plug and play time folks!


Setup, Installation, Drivers and Screen Shots


Tags:  GeForce, GTS, Win, GeForce2, force, leadtek, GT, fast, DT, EA, K

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