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Leadtek GeForce 2 GTS review
Posted by Adam Klein on August 02, 2000
Company: Leadtek     Product: WinFast GeForce 2 GTS videocard

It has been a while since I've done a hardware review. I may have been gone from the site for a long time, but my love of computer hardware is still intact. The newest review I present to you is that of the Leadtek Winfast GeForce 2 GTS. NVIDIA GeForce 2 based boards have been out now for quite some time and I've been using this board for a great deal of that time. Now, I can share with you my experiences with it.

Leadtek makes a wide range of computer products; from video boards, to soundcards and even mainboards, today Leadtek is best known for their video boards based on NVIDIA chips, in fact they stand in the same class as Creative Labs, Elsa, and Asus when it comes to delivering video boards.

The Card

The Leadtek Winfast GeForce 2 is based upon the popular GeForce 2 GTS chipset. The GeForce 2 shares many of the same qualities as the original GeForce, but includes some added features.

The GeForce chipset was the first chipset to offer T&L enhancements. Also, the GeForce was very powerful in delivering super high fill rates. The GeForce 2 includes what nVidia refers to as their 2nd generation GPU. Whatís even more impressive is the texture fill rate the GeForce 2 can produce. The GeForce was able to produce 480 MTexels of fill rate. The GeForce 2 is now able to produce 1.6 GTexels of fill rate. Thatís more than three times the texture fill rate compared to the original.

Unfortunately, the Leadtek board and a lot of similar boards have the DDR memory clocked only slightly higher than the original GeForce's DDR memory clock. 333MHz compared to 300MHz. With such a high fill rate, the memory transfers must be able to keep up, or performance will not be at its peak potential. The Leadtek Winfast GeForce 2 shares a lot of the same features of most other GeForce 2 boards out there as it follows the reference board design. The most noticeable physical difference that you will notice when looking at the Leadtek board is the huge heatsink for the GeForce 2 GTS chip.

The GeForce 2 GTS runs a lot cooler than the burning hot original GeForce due to the die size shrink of .22 microns to .18 microns, so the large heatsink is mostly cosmetic. It does help keep the chip a few degrees cooler than other boards, but that's about all the difference you will get. The Winfast board also has onboard TV out abilities. This is though a Chrontel 7007 TV encoder chip. This is very similar to the Booktree encoder that's available on other boards.

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