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Enhanced Leadtek WinFast GeForce2 GTS 64 MB

After I posted the review of the Matrox Millennium G450 I was flooded with e-mail from people wanting to know if there was a card out there that offered similar features with more performance. I think it goes without saying that buying the latest available card can cause your checkbook to balk. Luckily, nVidia has released the GeForce 2 Pro and GeForce 2 Ultra in recent months making the GeForce 2 GTS and its technology more attractive. Leadtek sent a review unit of their enhanced 64 MB GTS for review.

The Board
  • 0.18 micron technology
  • AGP 2X/4X with Fast Writes Support
  • 350 MHz RAMDAC
  • 64MB 5.5ns DDR memory
  • S-video/RCA TV-out up to 800x600 resolution
  • 3 LEDs are embedded onboard for troubleshooting
  • Special Designed Active Cooling Module
  • 2048 x 1536 max resolution

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Leadtek 64MB GTS website
Approx $325 to $350 USD

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First Impressions

A couple of things stand out immediately when you take a look at the Winfast GeForce2 GTS. Leadtek is very proud of the 5.5 ns memory on the unit as they have slapped a sticker on the outside proclaiming it as one of its features. The Absolute Multimedia GeForce2 GTS I reviewed some time back only came with 6 ns memory. The biggest difference between these two cards is that the Absolute unit only features 32 MB of memory while the Leadtek unit comes packed with 64 MB of memory. I can't think of an application that is so memory intensive to make the extra memory necesary, but it sure is nice to have it in case future software can take advantage of it.

Inside the box resides the card and a few other goodies. The most obvious is the S-video and RCA dongle cables. Yup, Leadtek has thrown in a second display capapbility on this card. Care to watch some DVD movies on your TV? No problem. One thing that I had never really worried about before but that came in very handy was the included Colorific software. With it you can adjust the color balance of your monitor. With the CD is packaged a small light blue card that you can use to adjust the monitor's color settings.. Turns out that I was a little on the green side of the spectrum. Once adjusted I noticed that skin tones in graphics and DVD movies looked much more realistic and true to life. On the CD with the drivers is also the Winfast DVD software. I'm quite impressed with the quality of DVD software that manufacturers are starting to package with their units.

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