VGA Card Buyer's Guide 07/2003

Leadtek WinFast A340 Ultra TD MyVIVO, Continued

The games bundle consists of the very recently released games "Big Mutha Truckers" (03/2003) and "Gunmetal" (03/2003). While neither is a top game, both are quite entertaining.

The WinFast 2.0 tool suite offers system information and software overclocking options for the card.

MyVIVO functionality:

Leadtek bundles the WinFast PVR software for use with the Video-in functionality. In addition to displaying incoming video signals, the tool also supports recording directly to hard disk as well as pre-programmed (timer) recording. This last feature only makes sense in combination with an additional TV tuner card, though. The timeshifting feature makes it possible to watch the program being recorded (from the beginning) during recording. A picture-in-picture option lets users check on several sources simultaneously. The combination of TV-in plus an actively recording Video-in in addition to S-VHS at the same time did not work, though. Videos can be edited using the (slightly dated) Ulead Video Studio 6 SE DVD. Lastly, the software bundle also includes the 3D rendering software Cool 3D SE, which can be used to create 3D animations with text and simple 3D objects.

Conclusion: The WinFast A340 Ultra TD MyVIVO is a very attractive entry-level bundle. Don't expect earth-shattering 3D performance, though.

+ TV-in & TV-out (with special Leadtek WinFast PVR recording software)
+ Video editing software
+ Leadtek Tool-Suite WinFox 2.0 (overclocking, etc.)
+ Software DVD player
+ Color calibration utilities
+ Good games bundle
+ Video cables included
+ 3D rendering software

- Video cables too short
- Loud fan

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Leadtek WinFast A340 Ultra TD MyVIVO
3D ChipNVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra
Memory128 MB DDR (128bit), Hynix 28
Memory SpecsMax. Clock Rate: 700 MHz (DDR)
Clock Rate (Chip/Memory)325 / 650 MHz (DDR)
Hardware FeaturesVideo-In & Out
Fan Noise56.5 dB
SoftwareWinFox 2.0WinFast PVRUlead Video Studio 6 SE DVDCool 3D SEColoreal Visual / Embedded / BrightColorific True InternetCult3DWinFast DVDBig Mutha TruckersGunmetal