Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO

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Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO
A "Friendly" GeForceFX 5800 Ultra...

By - Marco Chiappetta
April 25, 2003

Our benchmarking continued with some tests courtesy of Croteam's Serious Sam: The Second Encounter.  We configured the game to use OpenGL (this is one of the few games that can use either DirectX or OpenGL) and ran a series of tests using the built-in "Little Trouble" demo.   To make certain the playing field was level, we used the "Extreme Quality" script, created by the folks at Beyond3D, to max out the texture and filtering quality with all of the cards tested.

Head-to-Head / Performance With Serious Sam: TSE
Big Guns + Exploding Aliens = Fun

At 1024x768 the Leadtek A300 Ultra TD puts up a good show, pulling ahead of the Radeon 9700 Pro with an without AA enabled.  The A300 also outran the 9800 Pro at default settings, by a considerable margin, but once again the Radeon 9800 Pro proved to be the "faster" card when AA was enabled.  The trend continued when the resolution was raised to 1600x1200.  The Radeon 9800 Pro won every test regardless of what settings were used.  With AA enabled at 1600x1200, the Radeon 9700 Pro also pulled ahead of the A300 Ultra.  The GeForce FX 5800 Ultra sure could use some extra memory bandwidth...

Overclocking With The WinFast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO
Cranking Up The Clock Speeds...



Overclocking the Leadtek A300 Ultra TD turned out to be a fruitless endeavor.  We used the "Coolbits" registry hack to enable clock speed adjustments from within NVIDIA's drivers.  We then raised clock speeds slowly, and saw no significant changes in performance until we hit a core speed of about 525MHz and performance dropped by roughly 5%.  We thought core temperatures were getting too high when the card was overclocked, so we took some temperature readings and found things were running well within specifications.



The GeForce FX 5800 Ultra GPU's speed will be reduced if temperatures get too high, but we never even came close to hitting the 140 degrees C shown above.  So, as it stands now we don't have any meaningful overclocking results to report.  NVIDIA really had to push hard to get core speeds up to 500MHz with the NV30 though, so don't expect any monumental overclocks with GeForce FX 5800 Ultra cards.

The Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO is an interesting product, but it is ultimately overshadowed by competing products based on ATi's flagship GPU.  The Leadtek card is fast and it's "quieter" than other GeForce FX 5800 Ultras, but unfortunately it is just as hard to find.  The Radeon 9800 Pro on the other hand, is faster, it's quieter and it's readily available at many retailers worldwide.  The WinFast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO is also one of the most expensive gaming cards out there, with an MSRP of $439.00 US.  If you're dead-set on purchasing a GeForce FX 5800 Ultra though, you'd be hard pressed to find a better product than the WinFast A300 Ultra.  Simply put, Leadtek has made the best of bad situation.  The Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO has an excellent bundle, a great cooling solution and brings useful Video-In and Video-Out capabilities to the table.  Had we gotten the chance to look at this card last year, our rating would probably have been higher, but based on its limited availability, relatively high price and the fact that the Radeon 9800 Pro outperformed it in most instances, we're giving the Leadtek WinFast A300 Ultra TD MyVIVO a 7.5 on the HotHardware Heat Meter... 

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