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ASUS EN9800GX2 Top Video Card Review

Apr 9 2008, 12:00am CDT | by , in Reviews | Computer Hardware

ASUS EN9800GX2 Top Video Card Review
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Features & Specifications
The ASUS EN9800GX2 Top shares the same features with the other 9800 GX2 cards we have looked over the last several weeks. Features include a pair of DVI outputs and a HDMI out. The card has 1GB of GDDR3 split up into 512MB chunks for each GPU. The card has a clock speed of 670MHz on the core and 2.13GHz on the memory. The shader clock runs at 1675MHz. ASUS does offer a nice bundle with its video cards and the ASUS EN9800GX2 Top is no exception. ASUS includes a full version of Company of Heroes- Opposing Fronts and provides a leather-like folder for the CDs included with the video card.

Test Machine
My test machine has the following specifications:

  • OS- Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 32-bit
  • PSU- Top Power 1100W
  • RAM- 2GB Aeneon DDR3-16000
  • CPU- Intel QX9770
  • Display- 30-inch Dell

3DMark06
The first test up for the ASUS EN9800GX2 Top was 3DMark06. I ran 3DMark at default settings in the NVIDIA control panel and default settings in the 3DMark application. The ASUS EN9800GX2 Top scored as follows in 3DMark06:

  • Total 3DMarks- 16936li>SM2.0- 6501
  • HDR/SM3.0- 8141
  • CPU- 4761
  • Return to Proxycon- 53.835
  • Firefly Forest- 54.508
  • Canyon Flight- 94.509
  • Deep Freeze- 68.320
  • CPU1- 1.523
  • CPU2- 2.381

Quake Wars
The first of my gaming tests for the ASUS EN9800GX2 Top was with one of my favorite games, Quake Wars. I ran Quake Wars at 2560 x 1600 with all settings on high, 4x AA and shaders on ultra. I used Fraps to record frame rate data on a single player map in Africa campaign called refinery. Fraps recorded the following frame rate data:

  • Min- 39 fps
  • Avg- 59.202 fps
  • Max- 62 fps

Crysis
The next gaming test up for the card was the system killer Crysis. I ran Crysis at 1920 x 1200 with 2x AA and all settings on medium. I used Fraps to record frame rate data on a single player game from the initial beach insertion until combat with the first enemy soldiers.

  • Min- 52 fps
  • Avg- 94.732 fps
  • Max- 134 fps

Bioshock
The final game test for the ASUS EN9800GX2 Top was Bioshock. I ran the game at 1920 x 1200 with all settings on and everything on high. Fraps recorded frame rate data on a level set in the medical bay. Fraps showed the following:

  • Min- 38 fps
  • Avg- 59.671 fps
  • Max- 63 fps

Final Thoughts
Every time I look at a 9800 GX2 I am impressed by the performance delivered by a single graphics card. The ASUS EN9800GX2 Top is the fastest 9800 GX2 that I have tested to date and has a very nice bundle with it. ASUS might not be a name you think of immediately when it comes to overclocked graphics cards, but ASUS is working on that.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Good bundle
  • Excellent performance

Cons

  • Requires 6 and 8-pin power connectors

Verdict
The ASUS EN9800GX2 Top is the fastest 9800 GX2 that I have tested yet and has loads of performance. You may need a new PSU to use the ASUS EN9800GX2 Top thanks to the 8-pin power plug requirement, but if you want the fastest single card you can get the ASUS EN9800GX2 Top is worth the upgrade.

9.5
10
 
 

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