As far as video card manufactures are concerned, at the lab, Leadtek is still considered to be one of the new kids on the block. The company has always been a diverse one, as can be seen with their current product line up: it includes not only 3D gaming cards but also professional video cards. However, it was not until the release of the TNT2 based S320 that Leadtek made a big impression on the 3D gaming market, as this card was one of the first (if not the first) TNT2 cards to arrive on the scene. When NVIDIA announced the release of the GeForce processor, Leadtek once again jumped into the 3D gaming market by producing one of the first GeForce cards: the WinFast GeForce 256 SDR card.

Besides being the first TNT2 card on the market, the S320 did not make any waves as far as design and performance are concerned, as the card was almost identical to every other TNT2 card based on the NVIDIA reference design. The question that remains is whether Leadtek will once again produce a midrange video card, as it did with the S320 in order to beat the market rush, or if the the WinFast GeForce 256 SDR will stand out from the pack. It appears that Leadtek has produced the same results with the WinFast GeForce 256 SDR as it did with the S320, but this time there are a few extras which set this card apart.

Specifications, courtesy of Leadtek:

Key Features

NVIDIA GeForce 256 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)

32/64 MB high-speed SDRAM on board (5 ns or faster)

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
TV-Output, optional DVI connector for digital flat panel
Overclocking Utilities
  • 2D and 3D Features
    NVIDIA GeForce 256, 256-bit GPU
    Quake Engine Design for complete 3D Pipeline
    15 Million triangles/sec
    480 Million Pixel/sec Fill rate
    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
    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
    WIRL from Platinum
    VRCreator from Platinum
    3D/FX from Asymetrix
    RealiMation STE (Demo) from Datapath
    Microsoft Internet Explorer
    Digital Video Producer from Asymetrix
    VDOLive Video Player from VDOnet
  • Package Contents
    WinFast 3D GeForce Graphics card

    User's Manual
    Driver and Utility CD
    CD with Software DVD player
    Bonus Pack CDs
    S-Video 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

 

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