GeForce 2 GTS review
Klein on August 02, 2000 - Page 3/5
2 GTS videocard
Installation of the board went
smoothly on the two BX chipset based motherboards I've tried.
I did have problems with the installation of the board on
motherboards with the popular VIA133A chipset. An FIC KA-11
motherboard would refuse to run the Winfast GeForce 2
properly. It would simply lock up at random times.
Installation on the Asus P3V4X went a little smoother. The
only thing that was required was setting the board to 2X AGP
operation. At a setting of AGP 4X, the Winfast GeForce 2 would
lock up when entering a 3D game or application. The 2X
operation solved the problem completely.
Like most GeForce 2 boards,
the Leadtek Winfast GeForce 2 GTS comes with a default clock
speed of 200MHz for the core and 333MHz for the memory. With a
heatsink 220% the size of a normal GeForce 2 heatsink, you
would think I would be in overclocking heaven with this board,
but like I said before, the GeForce 2 doesn't produce as much
heat as the original GeForce.
In order to overclock, I used
the coolbits registry hack to enable the overclocking sliders.
This gives me the ability to overclock both the core clock
speed and the memory clock speed. With the two months of use
with this board, I was able to play around with the different
clock settings to determine what is stable and what is not. My
particular board was able to clock at 236MHz for the core and
360MHz for the memory. This is generally an average overclock
for a GeForce 2 board.
To gauge the performance of
the Leadtek Winfast GeForce 2 GTS, I decided to take a look at
the performance from various clock speeds in 3DMark2K with the
default settings, 1024x768x16. This can show you how the board
performs with a CPU clock speed closer to yours and helps by
showing the CPU scaling of the board. I also decided to use
the popular Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament timedemos.
- Pentium 3 @ 866MHz
- Asus P3V4X @ 133MHz bus
- 128MB HSDRAM
- Promise Fasttrack66 IDE
x 20.5GB WD 7200RPM HD RAID-0 41GB
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