Installation and Drivers
packs in a few goodies with the WinFast GeForce256. They include
several useful tools and utilities including their own DVD Software
Player called "DVD Magic". Here's the full list....
(DVD) Player (WinDVD)
(for fine-tuning color calibration)
(for accurate adjustment of color matching between monitor and
3D from Asymetrix
STE (Demo) from Datapath
Video Producer from Asymetrix
Video Player from VDOnet
would have liked to have seen the inclusion of a game or two that
demonstrates Hardware T&L in action. On the other hand, Leadtek
does an excellent job of customizing drivers for NVidia based
Here are a couple of shots showing the drivers and control panels in
images for a larger view.
See that little
button called "Speed Runner"? You guessed it, built in
the way, the card installed with no effort on a standard Intel BX
chipset based board. We also tried installing the WinFast GeForce256
on both an Athlon based board, MSI's MS6167 and a VIA PC133 based
board, the Soyo SY-6VBA+. For some reason, we were not able to
complete benchmarks on either of these two motherboards. The
applications continually locked up during testing. I am not sure why
these problems occurred but they precluded us from testing the
product on anything but an Intel based motherboard. I have heard
rumors that NVidia has a possible issue with the AGP Mini-Port
driver for the GeForce but I can't substantiate that. In any event,
I can't see this being a long term issue. If the issue is real,
NVidia will rectify it with a VGart patch of some sort.
this Online Reviewer/Editor, "Eye Candy" is usually of the
female persuasion. However, this is a family show so we'll just have
to settle for some in-game shots! ;-) With each new Graphics
Accelerator release we always like to feature game screen-shots.
After all, that is why you would buy one of these products. On with
the show then. These
are all JPEG images but quality was set to 100% so that there was
very little compression and loss. They are also all 32bit color in
game shots. Click all images for a larger view.
And of course my
new favorite, soon to be released, game of all time, Unreal
Tournament! Here's a side note. There were a lot of bugs in the
first release of Unreal. It was cutting edge technology for its time
but the problems were just too numerous to stand, so I just put it
down. Unreal Tournament is what the original Unreal should have
been. This game rocks! Id Software, like Intel with the AMD Athlon,
should be nervous. :-)
dude, are those "Maui Jim" shades you are wearing there?
Mind if I blow 'em off your face?!
quality for the GeForce is spectacular. 2D desktop image quality
with the WinFast GeForce256 was also excellent. I can't wait to see
what the new T&L and Cube Environment Mapping enhancements will
I know what you're thinking.... How much ya bench?! Plenty!
GeForce256 Benchmarks this way!