WinFast S320 II review
Franco on July 6, 1999
video card and motherboard manufacturer, is no stranger to
NVIDIA's line of 2D/3D chips, they first brought us the
WinFast S320, based on the TNT1 chip, and now, c
ontinuing its successful line of graphics cards based on
NVIDIA’s latest chips, Leadtek is now bringing us the
WinFast S320 II, powered by the non-ultra version of the
TNT2 chip, I think you know what to expect, an affordable,
very fast card.
Leadtek sent me for review didn't had any Video-in connector
or the LCD Digital Flat panel output but it only had the
TV-out feature so at first glance I would say this card is a
good choice for the traditional/occasional gamer since it
offers an excellent price/speed value while hardcore gamers
will prefer the ULTRA version of the card which is faster
and more expensive, too.
most of you should know, there are two types of TNT2 cards,
the standard ones that run at 125/150mhz (for the core and
memory) and the TNT2 ULTRA cards that use exactly the same
chip but these ones have passed quality tests running at
higher speeds, so with the use of higher quality memory
(5.5ns or better), manufacturers are able to clock these
cards up to 150/175 or higher depending on what type of
memory they use.
installation of the card was a snap, I removed the 3dfx
Voodoo3 I had installed in my system and Windows
automatically switched back to VGA compatible adaptor and
asked me for the Hardware Vendor drivers. Although newer
drivers were already released in Leadtek’s website for the
time I was testing the card, I used the CD drivers just to
make sure everything would work ok out of the box.
NVIDIA's default spec for non-ultra TNT2s is 125mhz, Leadtek
thought 140mhz was a safe speed to run at, that is with the
heatsink/fan combo the card has got... more on this and
overclocking in the next few pages.
with the drivers CD, the WinFast S320 II came with an User's
Manual that should be enough to help rookies with the
installation and configuration of the card, however I'm not
so sure if first timers will be able to install the card
with the help of the manual which in my opinion focuses more
in explaining each one of drivers options.
the software bundle you get with the WinFast S320 II...
hmmm... no, no games included !
WEB 3D from Asymetrix
WIRL from Platinum
VRCreator from Platinum
3D/FX from Asymetrix
RealiMation STE (Demo) from Datapath
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Digital Video Producer from Asymetrix
VDOLive Video Player from VDOnet