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ASUS EN8800GTS TOP (GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB) review

ASUS EN8800GTS TOP (GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB)

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The ASUS EN8800GTS TOP 512MB & Test Setup

The ASUS EN8800GTS TOP 512MB

What's immediately different about this ASUS EN8800GTS TOP and any standard GeForce 8800 GTS for that matter is that NVIDIA has gone back to a two-slot cooler, so it looks almost like the original GeForce 8800 GTS. There seems to be some slight modifications in the design but they are minor ones. For those concerned about noise levels, it is quiet even at full load and with the kind of clock speeds that the new GeForce 8800 GTS runs at, a two-slot thermal solution may be the prudent choice. After all, the heat on the single slot GeForce 8800 GT has been one of our chief grouses.

Since this is the TOP Edition from ASUS, you'll expect even higher than usual clock speeds. The core is hence clocked at 740MHz and the memory has increased to 2070MHz DDR. It certainly sets the bar even higher in how much one can push the G92 core to. The stream processors have also been boosted to 1800MHz from the 1625MHz on the standard edition. It all makes for a very aggressive set of clock speeds, which will probably be reflected in benchmarks scores that may supersede the GeForce 8800 GTX, given that an overclocked GeForce 8800 GT already rivals it.

As usual from ASUS, their package is bundled with accessories that some may deem superfluous. Surprisingly, there is no game included, unlike the Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts that we found with its GeForce 8800 GT cards. Instead, what was inside the CD were the ASUS proprietary applications like GamerOSD and SmartDoctor, which are useful for those into tweaking game settings on the fly or need another application to overclock their card.

  • 1 x DVI-to-VGA adaptor
  • 6-pin Molex power connector
  • 7-pin mini-DIN to Component cable
  • Quick installation guide
  • Driver CD
  • CD Leather wallet

Test Setup

Like always, testing this ASUS EN8800GT TOP was done on an Intel Core 2 Duo powered system, with a E6700 (2.66GHz) processor, an Intel D975XBX 'Bad Axe' motherboard and 2GB of low latency DDR2-800 HyperX memory from Kingston. The hard drive is a Seagate 7200.7 and Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 and DirectX 9.0c remains our operating system of choice for now.

The ASUS EN8800GTS TOP was using a modified version of NVIDIA's ForceWare 169.02 drivers and the same too was applied for the ASUS EN8800GT TOP that we chose as our GeForce 8800 GT representative (since both cards are overclocked TOP editions). We also included the GeForce 8800 GTX and the 320MB of the GeForce 8800 GTS, both using the older 158.19 drivers. The new Radeon HD 3870 was added to the fray so that readers can see where it stands.

The following benchmarks were tested using their built-in time demo or benchmarking tools, though we did not have all the results yet for some of the older cards at the time of publishing:

  • Futuremark 3DMark06 (ver 102)
  • Company of Heroes (ver 1.3)
  • F.E.A.R (ver 1.0)
  • Supreme Commander (patched to 3255)
  • Crysis
  • Unreal Tournament 3 Beta Demo