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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [10.13.00]
Manufactured by: Leadtek
MSRP: $150


Default Speed

First, let's have a look at some good old Quake 3 High Quality Timedemo Benchmarks.  At 800x600, this is absolutely default High Quality setting, except I turned off Texture Compression (GOD that is ugly on NVidia cards!).  The only things I changed were the bit rate and resolution, otherwise.

In 16 bit, the Winfast does quite well, right up to about 1024x768.  Anything above that though, and you are looking at sub-50 frames per second.  This might be tolerable for you, so I'll just show you the numbers and stay out of your way.  I personally like to play with at least 80 FPS in Demo001, so I can be sure of a steady rate of at LEAST 60 in other levels. 

In 32 bit, the mode I personally play in, the Winfast MX fares well up to 800x600, but anything above that and you're going to see some choppiness in some areas.  What you're seeing here is the clear effect the limited memory bandwidth has in 32 bit high res gaming.


As I stated earlier, the first thing you should do it rip the stock heatsink off, and properly apply some thermal paste.  If you want to take it a step further, solder the fan off, and replace it with a higher end unit, such as the ThermalTake Blue Orb, which is what I used (full review coming soon).  With the aide of the Blue Orb, I was able to attain the *nice* speed of 220 Mhz Core and 190 Mhz Memory.  This is a little higher than we could get the MSI StarForce 816. 

To show the effects of the overclocking, we used MadOnion's 3DMark 2000 utility.  We tested in various resolutions (all in 32 bit).

Those are some nice gains.  We didn't push the Blue Orb to the max (I'm going to use a GeForce 2 GTS for that), so you might even be able to replicate this with your own Winfast.  At the very least, you should be able to get a similar memory speed.  I thought the MSI was good, but the Winfast even beats that!

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