Leadtek WinFast A350 TDH MyViVo & Abit Siluro FX 5900 OTES

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The Leadtek WinFast A350 TDH MyViVo
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The Abit Siluro FX 5900 OTES
Two GeForce FX 5900s Square-Off...

By - Marco Chiappetta
August 19, 2003

     

     

The WinFast A350 TDH MyViVo looks just like the NV30 based A300 it's replacing.  The Twin-Turbo II cooling system, and aluminum enclosure give this card a very distinctive look; it sort of reminds us of a silver boom-box from the mid-80's!  We took the A350 apart to get a closer look at the innards and found an aluminum and copper heatsink, mounted over the GPU and 128MB of RAM.  The center of the heatsink is comprised of a thick copper block, with thin fins running horizontally from top to bottom.  When fully assembled, the fans on the front of the enclosure work in tandem to push / pull air over the fins.  One fan blows air into the enclosure, while the other exhausts the hot air out.  The Twin-Turbo II cooling system seems to do its job very well.  When we overclocked this card, core temperatures never got out of hand (as you'll see a bit later).  However, there is one drawback to this system.  It seems to get clogged up with dust fairly quickly.  Potential buyers should be sure to check the grilles occasionally to ensure they are not being obstructed.  With the card disassembled, we also found a thermal pad on the on rear of the enclosure that lined up with the back of the GPU.  This should help pull a bit of heat away from the core as well.  The external plate houses a single DVI and a single DB15 connector, mounted on each side of the Video-In / Out connector.  The inherent capabilities of the GeForce FX 5900 GPU give this card the ability to run dual monitors independently.  The rest of the PCB follows NVIDIA's reference design, with one exception.  The 4-pin power connector at the rear of the board is mounted flat to the PCB.  On most other 5900s, this connector is mounted vertically.  We prefer Leadtek's approach, as it makes it easier to route cables neatly inside the case.

Screenshots From Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2
Nice and Simple

The "My ViVo" version of the WinFast A350 TDH, as the name implies, has the ability to capture and output video to and from an external source.  An on-board Philips SAA7108AE video encoder / decoder handles all of the ViVo functionality.  The hardware, when used in conjunction with the included software offer the following features...

PIP (picture in picture):
  • One for live and the other for captured program. And master video can be alternative. The slave video can be displayed with any size and anywhere

DirectBurn:

  • Easy to make your own high quality DVD directly:
  • Exclusive DirectBurn function, record your favorite TV shows to disk or turn your PC into a Digital Video Recorder for burning home videos directly onto DVD! You don't need to save the captured video on your hardware disk, then burn your video files to your DVD. It not only save your time but also save your hard disk space.
De-interlace:
  • Make the best quality for fast-motion video. No noise and flicker on the edge of motion objects

Capture format profile:

  • Support friendly setting for MPEG1/MPEG2/VCD/DVD video format
  • Supports MPEG1/MPEG2/MPEG4 video codec and MPEG3 audio codec configuration to get the smaller file size for capturing. MPEG4 codec can be download at www.microsoft.com
  • Supports de-interlaced function to get high quality of motion video
  • Bridging video to PC from VCR, camcorder, LD/VCD/DVD player

     

  

Ulead's DVD MovieFactory 2 SE is one of the programs Leadtek included with the A350 TDH My ViVo.  This program gives uses the ability to capture video directly from an external source and burn it directly to a DVD or CD, so you won't have to gobble up a ton of hard drive space to archive your personal videos.  DVD MovieFactory also helps in the creation of customer CD / DVD labels and lets you edit video directly from DVD -RW and +RW disks.  It uses a very simple. menu driven interface that we found very easy to use.

Screenshots From Ulead Video Studio 7 SE
For Budding Movie Moguls

     

Leadtek also includes a copy of Ulead Video Studio 7 SE with this card.  Video Studio is a nice compliment to DVD MovieFactory 2.  With this program, users can also capture and edit video, but with Video Studio 7 users can also add transition effects, or voice-overs to their video.  There is library of transitions, filters and customizable titles included with this program that should keep newbies to video editing busy for quite a while.

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