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    Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra MyViVo Review
    By Ryan "Speedy" Wissman :  June 2, 2003

    New Drivers and Overclocking

    NVIDIA's GeForce FX drivers incorporate a couple of new features. The most important item exclusive to the GeForce FX line was the new temperature monitoring panel. With this panel you can keep track of the GPU's current temperature as well as the core slowdown temperature threshold.

    In addition, NVIDIA's image quality tab allows for Anisotropic filtering levels from 2X to 8X, and also includes FSAA levels from 2X to 16X with a few Direct3D exclusive modes in-between.

    As far as overclocking is concerned, NVIDIA has in a sense already overclocked the core and memory levels considerably, thus requiring serious cooling hardware. It was no surprise when we could not get any decent overclock results out of the WinFast A300 Ultra MyViVo. NVIDIA worked hard to achieve 500MHz core clock on this card design as it stands, and the core simply wasn't going to go much further, with the memory being no different.

    Value

    With a retail price of about $400, extremely limited availability, and faster cards available for about the same price (GeForce FX 5900 and Radeon 9800 series cards) or less, it's very difficult to recommend any GeForce FX 5800 Ultra-based products. Standard cards should be priced more inline with ATI's Radeon 9700 and 9700Pro cards, as there are a limited number of games that are willing to pay considerably more for less performance than the equally or lower-priced ATI cards. Even so, Leadtek does try and bring both an innovative cooling solution and VIVO functionality to the table, which does get them some marks.

    Conclusion

    Despite relatively good 3D performance, the high price, and the faster, lower-cost competition makes the GeForce FX a bit too little too late. The Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra MyViVo is impressive as GeForce FX 5800 Ultra cards go, but NVIDIA fans looking to upgrade might want to wait for NVIDIA's GeForce FX 5900 Ultra to hit the scene. It's tough going in the 3D market right now, especially with the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro and Radeon 9800 Pro offering a lot of performance for the money.

    Pros:

    • High Fill rate
    • Good Bundle
    • VIVO Functionality

    Cons:

    • Expensive
    • 128-bit Memory Bus
    • Hot-Running and Loud

    Ratings:



    Page 1 The Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra MyViVo Card
    Page 2 Performance and Test System
    Page 3 Quake 3, UT 2003 and Comanche 4 Performance
    Page 4 Code Creatures, 3DMark & FSAA/AF Performance
    Page 5 Benchmark Analysis and Image Quality
  • Page 6 Drivers, Overclocking, Value and Conclusion

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