By and large Leadtek's pride and joy lies in their video cards. With the introduction of the TNT2 based S320, Leadtek obtained the reputation of being an early producer, as the S320 was one of the first TNT2 cards to hit the market. Feeding off the fickleness of the video card community, Leadtek products originally appealed to consumers who wanted to be the first on their block with new technology. This marketing strategy was also incorporated into the GeForce market. Once again, Leadtek was one of the first companies to release an SDR and DDR card.

The one thing about being first to a market is that time is often saved by reducing features. In the case of Leadtek's WinFast GeForce 256 DDR Revision A card, the NVIDIA reference design without any further enhancements or features was used to speed up production time and decrease development time. While this is fine when the card first hits the market, when there is little to no competition, it is only a matter of time before slower companies release competing products with additional features. When this occurs, it leaves the older products selling at a much slower rate than the enhanced competing products.

About 2 months after its initial release, Leadtek must have realized that the WinFast GeForce 256 DDR was not so revolutionary in the market anymore, a fact most likely represented with a decrease in sales. Also noticed was some sort of heat problem, a problem which Leadtek admits may have caused unstable performance in some of the older WinFast GeForce 256 DDR cards. With this in mind, the research team at Leadtek set out to revamp their DDR product. The resulting product is what Leadtek is calling the WinFast GeForce 256 DDR Revision B, but in actuality is pretty much a new card. Sold in the same box with a "Rev B" sticker on it, we set out to see how the WinFast GeForce 256 DDR Revision B performs and how it differs from its Revision A counterpart. We begin by looking at the card specifications.

Key Features

NVIDIA GeForce 256 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
32 MB high-speed DDR memory
350 MHz RAMDAC, up to 2048x1536 32 bit resolution
AGP 4X with Fast Write (30% faster transfer speed)
Transform, Lighting, Setup, Rendering Quad-Engine design
Drivers optimized for Pentium III SSE and AMD 3D NOW
OpenGL ICD and DirectX 7.0 Support
DVD Package
S-Video and Composite TV-Output
Optional DVI connector for digital flat panel
Overclocking Utilities
  • 2D and 3D Features
    NVIDIA GeForce 256, 256-bit GPU
    Quad Engine Design for complete 3D Pipeline
    350 MHz RAMDAC support display resolution up to 2048x1536

    32-bit Z-buffer/stencil
    Optimized for Direct3D acceleration with complete hardware support for DirectX 7
    Cube Environment Mapping
    Full OpenGL 1.2 ICD driver support
    32 bits true color texture mapping support
    Hardware Transform and Lighting
    Optional Digital Flat Panel interface with scaling and filtering for flat panels up to 1600x1200
    S-Video and Composite TV-out support up to 800x600 resolution
    Full PC99 and PC99a compliant
  • Driver Support
    Microsoft Windows 9x, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000 driver support
    Microsoft DirectX 7.0 for windows 9x/2000, OpenGL IDC for Windows 9x/2000/NT 4.0
  • Video Acceleration
    DVD and HDTV-ready motion compensation for MPEG-2 decoding
    DVD sub-picture alpha blended composting
    Hardware YUV 4:2:2 and 4:2:0 color space conversion support
    Multi-tap X and Y filtering
    8:1 up and down scaling on video overlay
    Industry's first 5-tap horizontal by 3-tap vertical video filtering
    Supports planar YUV12 (4:2:0) to/from packed (4:2:2) conversion for software MPEG acceleration
    Video acceleration for DirectShow, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1
  • Drivers and Utilities
    WHQL-qualified drivers Optimized for Pentium III SSE and AMD 3D NOW
    With Leadtek's user-friendly Windows 9x Control Panel (WinFast Settings), you can adjust the gama correction, Direct3D and OpenGL controls
    and fine tune performance with our Speed Runner utility (overclocking tool)
  • Bundled Software
    MPEG-2 (DVD) Player (WinDVD)
    Colorific (for fine-tuning color calibration)
    3Deep (for accurate adjustment of color matching between monitor and printer)
    WEB 3D from Asymetrix (optional)
    WIRL from Platinum (optional)
    VRCreator from Platinum (optional)
    3D/FX from Asymetrix (optional)
    RealiMation STE (Demo) from Datapath (optional)
    Microsoft Internet Explorer (optional)
    Digital Video Producer from Asymetrix (optional)
    VDOLive Video Player from VDOnet (optional)
  • Package Contents
    WinFast 3D GeForce Graphics card

    User's Manual
    Driver and Utility CD
    CD with Software DVD player
    Bonus Pack CDs (optional)
    S-Video Cable
    Composite Cable

Refresh Rate Support

Resolution

Color

Max Refresh Rate (Hz)

640 x 480

256/65K/16M

60 - 240

800 x 600

256/65K/16M

60 - 240

1024 x 768

256/65K

60 - 240

1024 x 768

16M

60 - 200

1152 x 864

256/65K

60 - 200

1152 x 864

16M

60 - 170

1280 x 960

256/65K

60 - 170

1280 x 960

16M

60 - 150

1280 x 1024

256/65K

60 - 170

1280 x 1024

16M

60 - 150

1600 x 900

256/65K

60 - 150

1600 x 900
16M
60 - 120
1600 x 1200
256/65K
60 - 120
1600 x 1200
16M
60 - 100
1920 x 1080
256/65K
60 - 100
1920 x 1080
16M
60 - 85
1920 x 1200
256/65K
60 - 100
1920 x 1200
16M
60 - 85
1920 x 1440
256/65K
60 - 85
1920 x 1440
16M
60 - 75
2048 x 1536
256/65K
60 - 75
2048 x 1536
16M
60

The Card

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