The Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD
The GeForce4 Ti Card With A Massive Heat Sink

By -Dave Altavilla
March 26 2002

We've been working with Leadtek hardware, here at HotHardware, since our beginning way back in late 1998.  At that point in time, Leadtek was known for designing and building top end graphics cards with various chipsets, including workstation "professional" level graphics.  Since that time, Leadtek has diversified its portfolio of product, with TV Tuners, Motherboards, EIDE/SCSI Controllers and even video conferencing technologies folding into the mix.

However, what has always been a focus for Leadtek is producing consumer level graphics cards based on the latest technology available on the market.  Which of course brings us the the present day.  Leadtek has been an NVIDIA "house" way back throughout their roots.  It's no surprise that they were one of the first manufacturers to release a new product based on NVIDIA's new 3D Gaming powerhouse, the GeForce 4 Ti 4600.  It's also no surprise that Leadtek took the NVIDIA base design and made it their own.

   

Specifications and Features of the WinFast A250 Ultra TD
VGA, DVI, TV-Out and Heatsink with attitude

 

WinFast A250 Ultra TD
  • 300MHz GPU
  • VGA, TV In/Out, DV
  • 256-bit Graphics Accelerator
  • 1.23 trillion operations/sec.

Nvidia nfiniteFX II Engine:

  • Dual programmable Vertex Shaders, faster Pixel Shaders

Lightspeed Memory Architecture II:

  • With 128-bit DDR Lightspeed Memory Architecture II provides nearly double the memory bandwidth of GeForce3.

Accuview Antialiasing Engine:

  • High-performance visual quality at high frame rates.

TV Out Jack:

  • On-board TV-out support both RCA and S-video up to 1024x768 resolution.

Cooling solution:

  • on-board active heat-sink cooling fan
Specifications:
  • Controller: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600
  • Bus Type AGP
  • Memory 128MB DDR
  • Core Clock 300MHz
  • Memory Clock 650MHz DDR memory
  • RAMDAC 350MHz
  • API Support Direct-X, Open GL ICD for Windows
  • Connectors VGA, DVI, TV In/Out
  • 1.23 trillion operations/sec.
  • 136 Million triangles/sec setup
  • 10.4GB/second memory bandwidth

Features at a Glance:

  • AGP 4x compatible with fast writes
  • 256-bit 3D and 2D graphics accelerator
  • NVIDIA nView display technologies
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture II
  • Accuview Antialiasing
  • High Definition Video Processing Engine
  • TV Out connector
  • DVI connector

Package Contains:

  • WinFast A250 Ultra TD Graphics card.
  • User Manual
  • Leadtek WinFast Software Pack
    (Contains Software Driver, WinDVD program & bundled utilities)
  • 2 full games (DronZ and GunLok)
     

That's right folks, on the surface, this board reads like any other GeForce 4 Ti 4600 based card.  This isn't a bad thing of course.  The GeForce4 Ti 4600 has an impressive list of features for sure.  However, this card's outward appearance is even more impressive.

   

Our first thought, when we removed the Winfast A250 Ultra TD from its static bag, was that this card looked like "professional modder" had a field day with aluminum and fans.  However, upon closer inspection, you'll notice that the HSF assembly is a well designed tailored custom fit to the PCB, RAM Chips and GPU. Even the fans have mesh filters inserted in the top covers, to keep the dust down to a minimum inside the fan assembly.  Please excuse the light blue plastic covering on the top side of the fans.  They are there only for protection during shipping.  In any event, drop in the DVI, TV-Out and VGA connections, and you have one pretty looking GeForce4 card and one that looks like it also means business.

Quality, Setup and the Drivers