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By Vincent Chang
Category : Graphics
Published by Vijay Anand on Saturday, 9th April, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  

The Complete Package

ASUS has loaded their AX800XT/TVD with a comprehensive array of accessories and software, even to the extent of including a USB 300K-pixel webcam. Everything is neatly packed in an attractive box with a convenient carrying handle, essential if you consider the weight of the whole package. The following accessories are present in the box:

  • 1 x DVI-to-VGA adaptor
  • 1 x 9-pin mini-DIN to HDTV cable
  • 1 x 9-pin mini-DIN to composite VIVO cable
  • 1 x ATX power cable
  • Webcam
  • Bundled software including the driver CD and manuals

    The card itself is built on a dark orange PCB and features the large single-slot cooling system for the Visual Processing Unit (VPU) that covers most of the card. Like the reference ATI board it is based on, there is a purple Molex power connector at the top corner of the card and it is mandatory that you supply power to it; otherwise the system will not boot. ASUS also gives their nod to the enthusiast market by including blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) on the rather quiet VPU fan, which looks cool when the card is running.

    The design of the decal on the HSF left no doubts which market segment this card is targeted at.

    Blue Runner anyone?

    A view of the ducted cooling system and the purple Molex power connector.

    Flipping to the back of the card, we see the four rear-facing RAM chips. While the forward facing ones are kept cool by the large heatsink and fan unit, no cooling is evident on the rear memory chips. As we found later in our temperature tests, they can reach up to more than 80 degrees during operation.

    Rear view of the graphics card.

    One of the four Samsung memory chips which is rated at 1.6ns.

    The ATI Rage Theatre chip is integrated on the card, adding Video-In capabilities in addition to the usual Video-Out found on most cards today. The rear input/output panel includes a DVI-I connector, a 9-pin mini-DIN port and the standard VGA analog output. ASUS has also included the necessary cables and adaptors for the card; a DVI-to-VGA adaptor, a 9-pin mini-DIN to HDTV cable, a 9-pin mini-DIN to composite VIVO cable and an ATX power cable.

    Video capturing courtesy of the onboard ATI Rage Theatre chip.

    From left to right: ATX power cable, 9-pin S-Video to HDTV cable, DVI-to-VGA adaptor and a 9-pin S-Video to VIVO cable.
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