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Posted: January 17, 2001
Written by: Tuan "Solace" Nguyen
Diagnostics and Monitoring
With the introduction of its WinFast MX DH Pro, Leadtek included onboard hardware monitoring. With the Enhanced GTS however, Leadtek has gone one-step further and included error and fault detection with 3 distinct LEDís to show you whatís going on.
I have covered information about Leadtekís WinFox monitoring tools in my review of the WinFast MX DH Pro. Surf over to it and take a look as it details what WinFox is all about and how it can assist you in keeping your board healthy and speedy.
Leadtek chooses to stock its new GTS board with 5.5ns DDR SDRAM instead of the usual 6.0ns type we so often see. Common sense tells me that with the speedier RAM, I should be able to overclock this card pretty well. This is also a reason why Leadtek chose not to release a GeForce 2 GTS Pro board. The Pro would have a higher price tag than a regular GTS but not have major differences in speed. Thus Leadtek chose a wise decision with including faster memory with its Enhanced GTS. I think they are actually begging us to overclock this baby with the options that are included.
I managed to push this card to a stunning memory setting of 385MHz and a core setting of 225MHz. Our original WinFast GTSí memory managed only 360MHz. Indeed shaving off 0.5ns really does help.
The screen shot above shows AGP4X and Power on but itís kind of too dim to see. I would have to turn off the lights, but then again the picture would look bad with the lights turned off.
Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz
Intel D850GB Desktop reference motherboard
256MB PC800 Samsung RDRAM
Leadtek WinFast GeForce2 GTS Enhanced 64MB DDR
Leadtek WinFast GeForce2 GTS Enhanced 64MB DDR @ Core: 230MHz and Memory: 385MHz
IBM Deskstar 75GXP 30GB UltraATA/100 7200RPM
Hitachi GD-7000 12X DVD ROM
Intel EtherExpress PRO 100+ Ethernet Adapter
Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live!
Windows 2000 SP1
I felt it was necessary to use the Pentium 4 system because its Quake 3 scores are higher than our reference Athlon Thunderbird system.
Quake 3 Arena 1.17
I decided to forgo testing using Unreal Tournament because it just doesnít push 3D acceleration enough and relies too heavily on the CPU.