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Leadtek WinFast TwinForce2
By Vijay Anand
Category : Mainboard
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 11th October, 2002
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

At a time when motherboards are packing more and more integrated peripherals and features on board, it is seldom that we are presented with an interesting package such as the Leadtek WinFast TwinForce2 product or should we say, products(s)? The huge TwinForce2 is a combo packaging consisting of a Leadtek WinFast A250 LE TD 64MB graphics card, which is based on the NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 GPU and a Leadtek WinFast K7N1415DA motherboard based on the NVIDIA nForce.

We have all come to know Leadtek as a major graphics card supplier, but motherboards? Well it isn’t new to Leadtek, but they have maintained a very streamlined motherboard product section for a long while now. Their range of motherboards has had better limelight during the golden era of the SiS735 chipset. Since then, the number of models in production concurrently has been increasing slowly and steadily. At the time of writing, they have 10 current motherboard models and half of them are based on the AMD platform.

Leadtek seems to have a fetish for NVIDIA nForce chipsets, as the majority of their motherboards based on the AMD platform are nForce chipsets, just like the Leadtek WinFast K7N415DA. For the benefit of those not aware that NVIDA has been making motherboard chipsets for the AMD CPU platform, here is a small recap. The NVIDIA nForce debuted slightly more than a year back in June 2001 and it was NVIDIA’s first mass act of producing chipsets for motherboards. Why the AMD platform and not Intel? The simple reason being NVIDIA was denied the license to use the Intel’s Pentium 4 motherboard bus architecture. Let's run through the NVIDIA nForce chipset briefly before we focus on the actual product. Note that we're looking at an nForce product here, not the nForce2. Although NVIDIA recently announced mass production of nForce2 chipsets, there's hardly anything on the store shelves. There's still a lot that the nForce could offer, as you shall see as you read on.

An overview of the NVIDIA nForce architecture.

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