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Leadtek WinFast Nvidia Geforce 3 Titanium 500 review

Former staff writer    -   November 2, 2001


Installation

First things first, before you even shutdown your computer go and uninstall your old video card drivers. This prevents conflicts with your new drivers. Once you have done that, shutdown, unplug everything, and open your case. Locate your old video card (usually found in an AGP slot which is the slot closest to your CPU and is shorter than the PCI slots). Remove it from your system and replace it with your new Geforce 3 TI 500. Lastly, close your case, reconnect all your cables and turn your system on. When loading windows you will probably get a popup that says new hardware found. If so, just click cancel. Right click on your desktop and click properties. Click on the Settings tab -> Advance button --> Adapter tab -> and the Change button. You should now be at a screen that says Update Device, just click next on this screen. Then click on where it says Display a list of the drivers.... and click next. Now, click on "Have Disk" and browse to your WinFast CD. You should browse to X:\GF3\WIN2K. *Note X: being your actual CD-ROM drive location, and WIN2k needs to be changed to the windows version you are running. IE, if you are running Windows 98 it would be X:\GF3\WIN9x After you have do this, hit the OK button, then select the WinFast Titanium 500 driver from the list and click OK. You may get a warning message, just click yes to it. You should now see a dialog that says Windows is read to install the driver for this device. Hit next on this screen and it will install the driver you selected from your CDROM. Lastly, you will see a dialog that says it has finished installing the driver, hit finsh and then choose yes when it asks to reboot.

Performance

To test all aspect's of the Geforce 3 Titanium 500, I ran it thru a few benchmark tests. One which was Quake3 (OpenGL), Unreal Tournament (Direct3D), and 3DMark2001. The test rig we used:


For the Quake3 test, I used a variety of resolutions to see how well the Geforce 3 TI 500 could handle itself. All tests in Quake 3 were running with 32bit color.

Resolution Frame Rate Clock Speed
1024x768 130.8 250/525
1200x1024 94.8 250/525
1600x1200 66.3 250/525
1024x768 128.4 240/500
1200x1024 91.3 240/500
1600x1200 63.7 240/500

The UT test consist of Direct3D, 32bit color with various resolutions.

Resolution Frame Rate Clock Speed
1024x768 96.2 240/500
1200x1024 94.1 240/500
1600x1200 91.0 240/500

A video card review wouldn't be complete without a 3DMark2001 benchmark. Did we benchmark with it? You bet! This program is avaliable to anyone, and it can be downloaded from Madonion.com. It will run about 16 different graphical test's on your video card and give you a "Score". The higher the score, the better. You can also see what your score looks like compared against other users that have the same setup as you do. Enough with the chit chat, and on with the results!

The first time I ran the 3DMark2001 benchmark, I used the 21.88 Detonator drivers. Below is the score I got:



WoW, that's a pretty good score, in my book :) I thought I would download the new 22.50 Detonator drivers and see if my score would increase. My score after installing the 22.50 detonator drivers:



When I saw 7226, I was happy :) It was a big jump up from the 2200 score I got with my old Voodoo5 5500. Hrm, wonder what kind of score I would get if I increased the FSB and bump up the core and memory clock speeds on the card? :o)

This is what my video card score looks like, compared to other people's score:



I'm up on top :) That's what I like to see.



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  3. Installation & Performance
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