VGA Card Buyer's Guide 07/2003

Leadtek WinFast A340 Ultra TD MyVIVO

The Leadtek WinFast A340 Ultra TD MyVIVO is based on NVIDIA's GeForceFX 5200 Ultra. This card uses the PCB of the FX 5600 with its separate power connector and the BGA memory chips. In addition to the TV-out, the card also offers Video-in via composite and S-VHS connections. The included adapter cable for these connectors is 90-cm long and seems to be of very high quality. The card uses the Philips SAA7114H encoder chip. Again, although Leadtek bundles cables with the card, they are too short to be useful (1.00 m composite; 1.10 m S-VHS).

A very stylish heatsink/ fan cools both the 3D chip and the memory chips. There is also a flat passive heatsink on the flipside of the card. While the fan may be a looker, it is unfortunately too loud, especially compared to the competition.

The card's driver CD also includes Coloreal, a set of color calibration tools for monitors (Coloreal Visual, Coloreal Embedded, and Coloreal Bright). These are especially helpful in multi-monitor environments. Other software on the CD includes Colorific/ True Internet, Cult3D and the software DVD player WinFast DVD 3.1.