VGA Card Buyer's Guide 07/2003

Gainward FX PowerPack! Ultra/760XP 128 MB Golden Sample, Continued

The main differences between the Ultra/760XP and the Pro/760XP are the 3D chip and the IEEE 1394 FireWire PCI card that ships with the Ultra/760XP. Gainward includes the PCI card mainly so that you can record to and from DV cameras. The WinProducer 3 video editing program in the WinCinema package provides adequate support for these features.

Gainward's software package is limited to the driver CD plus the requisite Gainward EXPERTool software (which, among other things, allows you to step up your clock speed) and a manual in PDF format, as well as InterVideo's WinCinema, consisting of WinDVD4 (DVD player software), WinRip 2 (MP3 player software) and WinProducer 3 (for capturing, cutting and editing videos and burning VCDs).

The 50-page manual may be small, but it contains everything you need to know about Gainward's EXPERTool and the NVIDIA drivers. Unfortunately, there are no instructions for the InterVideo software other than the Windows help files. The CD doesn't contain any PDF manuals at all.