VGA Card Buyer's Guide 07/2003

Inno3D Tornado GeForceFX 5800, Continued

In addition to TV-out, the Tornado GeForceFX 5600 also offers TV-in (Philips SAA7114H encoder chip). It is connected with a small Y cable that accepts S-VHS cables. Composite devices can only be connected to the card with the enclosed S-VHS -> composite cable measuring almost 1.8 meters. In light of the short cable, a common S-VHS -> composite adapter would have made a lot more sense. InterVideo's DVD Creator ( is used for video capturing.

The software bundle consists of InterVideo's WinDVD 4 player software, WinDVD Creator DVD and a CD with the freeware version of 3D Mark 2003. As for games, Innovision adds the full version of the game "Comanche 4" (11/2001).

Not included are any proprietary display tools from Innovision. The driver CD merely includes the standard NVIDIA reference drivers and DirectX.

Conclusion: Considering the huge and unfortunately noisy fan, the Tornado FX 5800's test results were not impressive.

+ Quiet fan in 2D operation
+ TV-out
+ DVD player software
+ DVD authoring software
+ Game bundle

- Very tall (covers first PCI slot)
- Very heavy
- Generates a lot of heat
- Composite video sources can only be connected with the included 2 m cable
- No display tools

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Inno3D Tornado FX 5800
3D ChipNVIDIA GeForceFX 5800
Memory128 MB DDR II (128bit), Samsung 1K
Memory SpecsMax. Clock Rate: ?? MHz (DDR II)
Clock Rate (Chip/Memory)400 / 800 MHz (DDR)
Hardware FeaturesVideo-Out
Fan Noise47.5 dB (See Text)
SoftwareWinDVD 4WinDVD Creator DVD3D Mark 2003 (Freeware)Comanche 4