LeadTek Winfast GTS 64MB
GeForce GTS chipset has taken the graphics world by storm. With top-notch
OpenGL and Direct3D support, the GTS chipset may actually last the video enthusiast
for more than 3-6 months. Upgrading 2-3 times per year is just dandy but gets
rather expensive not to mention the effort expended to locate a suitable card.
What interested me most about this LeadTek version was twofold: 64MB of memory
(instead of the typical 32MB) and the presence of the s-video out.
- 64 MB total
- S-video out
(up to 800x600 resolution)
- GeForce GTS
technology (1.6 billion texels per second)
- 220MHz Core
/ 333MHz Memory Speed
- 350MHz RAMDAC
- Web price:
list of this particular card is so extensive that I'll let the reader peruse
LeadTek's site to browse the plethora of Winfast
that grabbed my attention was the size of that outrageous heatsink. LeadTek
claims a 220% size increase over standard models and I believe them. This
black monster covers a good portion of the card and I wondered why the fan
was necessary at all.
64MB when 32MB seems enough? To answer that question, try using this card
with various CAD programs like AutoCAD 2000 or Solidworks 2000. Solidworks
has the ability to use OpenGL for certain types of rendering and when your
base filesize is a whopping 100+ MB, the extra RAM comes in handy. Along slightly
different lines is the enhanced 3D gaming ability when rending oh, say 1600x1200
scenes and you desire to have that resolution actually playable.
AGP 4X compatibility
has been the subject of much controversy as many factors must come together
in order to achieve full 4X operational status. First, the MB must support
it; second, the video drivers must support it; and third, in the i815E's case,
the Intel's latest .inf files must be used. For this review, all benchmarks
were conducted in full AGP 4X mode. Nothing less than 100% stability was observed.
Due to time
constraints, the s-video output was not tested per se; however, no significant
improvements over past TV type outputs would make all that much difference
because of the aging NTSC constraints of current sets. Standard broadcast
resolution (i.e. viewing channel 10) limits the horizontal sharpness to 330
lines. Vertical resolution has been standardized to 525 lines, interlaced
of course at two fields per frame. The bottom line is that even with the top
notch s-video cable included and a $1000+ Sony V-series flat screen TV, 800x600
is a joke. 640x480 is moderately watchable, but don't ever expect to web or
edit text as the inexpensive TV out converters don't do much justice compared
to the VGA output capability.