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Video Card Tests

I can only hope that true AGP 4X will arrive soon, either in patches or new games, as 266MHz (4x66MHz) peak bandwidth could really speed up those precious FPS. Currently, there is something like a 1% difference between 2X and 4X mode, but it's nice to know that you're future compatible.

D3D Tests
CPU Speed
3DMark2K
UTBench "N"
UTBench "H"
WT98
933MHz
6685 3DMarks
42.2 FPS
41.1 FPS
399 MP/s
980MHz
6798 3DMarks
44.1 FPS
43.3 FPS
399 MP/s

UT and 3DMark2K are well known for their accuracy and repeatability. UTBench is somewhat of an aggravating benchmark because ultra high video card overclocking does little in comparison to plain old high CPU speed. A few more FPS were squeezed from the slight increase from 933 to 980. At 1024x768x32bpp, UT was very playable, not to mention the fabulous graphics from the LeadTek 64MB GTS.

OpenGL Tests
CPU Speed
Q3A "N"
Q3A "H"
WT98
933MHz
123 FPS
81.9 FPS
331 MP/s
980MHz
134 FPS
82.2 FPS
331 MP/s

These FPS numbers were all conducted with the on board sound on, so a further increase is probable with the sound off.

Overclocking

I've noticed that as FSB and overall CPU increases, overclockability with all my video cards decreases. I'm not really sure what causes this but I suspect that the card themselves are being run at or very near their maximum limits. At 933MHz (133MHz FSB), the LeakTek would only crank up another 5% beyond the 220 core/333 mem defaults. At 980MHz (140MHz FSB), anyoverclockability reduced to zero. I touched the heatsink and it was scorching! Possibly, at this near 1GHz CPU speed and operating at AGP 4X simply maximizes the card's efficiency, I can't say for sure. At lower CPU speeds, say 700MHz, I was able to squeeze out an additional 10% (240/366).

Conclusion

The LeadTek Winfast 64MB GTS video card is a hardware and feature tour-de-force. Sporting everything you could ask for in a $335 video soloution, for bragging rights, this card is the best you can do as of this writing. The extra 32MB comes in handy when 3D gaming your brains out or making some cash rendering high end CAD drawings. While the TV out option can't reproduce computer monitor quality images it's not LeadTek's fault: affordable HDTV is just around the corner. If you can stomach the extra $90 for the 64MB version, you won't be let down.

William Yaple
08/15/00

 





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