The Good Strong performance; video-capture capability; excellent support.
The Bad Limited performance at high resolutions with advanced feature sets enabled; the software required patch upgrades to work properly in our tests.
The Bottom Line The eVGA.com e-GeForce 5600 Ultra might appear to be a run-of-the-mill graphics card, but its integrated video-capture capabilities make it anything but.
Nvidia GeForce FX
The old adage about looks being deceiving applies to eVGA.com's e-GeForce FX 5600 Ultra graphics card. Upon first glance, it would appear to be a standard graphics card. And it is, but the 5600 also functions as an analog-video-capture card--and a capable one at that, as long as your video-capture needs are fairly basic. Secondly, with the 5600 Ultra representing the middle of the GeForce FX family, you might assume that the 5600 Ultra is a mainstream graphics card; but its price tag hints strongly that it is &siteid=7&edid=&lop=txt&destcat=ex&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Envidia%2Ecom%2Fview%2Easp%3FPAGE%3Ddesktop" target="_blank">targeted more toward gamers and enthusiasts. Its performance is strong, but demanding games will push the card to its limits at high resolutions with advanced feature sets enabled.
In an effort to differentiate its products from the competition, many graphics card vendors attempt to add value by bundling a few games. There has typically been little else, however, to distinguish the various offerings based on the same graphics processing unit (GPU). eVGA's 5600 Ultra, on the other hand, marks a fairly new trend in graphics cards by including onboard Video In/Video Out (VIVO) functionality.
VIVO capabilities allow the graphics card to do additional duty as an analog-video-capture and video-output device. A special cable is provided, which includes composite and S-Video input and output jacks. The card itself does not capture audio, however. To include the audio portion of a video, you need to supply your own audio cable and route the audio through your system's sound card.