Asus EN8800GT TOP Reviewccokeman - March 23, 2008
The Asus EN8800GT TOP is a PCIe video card intended to be used in a PCIe 1.0 to 2.0 16x slot. The TOP version features 512MB of GDDR3 Qimonda memory, rated for 1000MHz on a 256 Bit memory interface, shader clocks set to 1750MHz and a G92 core running at 700MHz. Instead of the reference solution, Asus has used a cooling solution called the "Glacinator". This cooling solution is a dual slot device that is reminiscent of many of the Zalman manufactured GPU cooling solutions.
The display connections include dual DVI slots and an S-Video out slot. The rear of the EN8800GT has the auxiliary 6 pin power connection in the standard location. A two pin connection is visible just to the right of the power connection to be used with an HDMI sound input cable. The cooling solution for the power regulation circuit is a small heatsink that gets air flow from the discharge air from the "Glacinator" cooling solution. The SLi bridge connection is on top of the card. Only one connection is available, so no tri-SLi with this series of cards.
The Asus EN8800GT comes in two flavors - one with the reference heatsink and one that includes the "Glacinator" heatsink. It is held on with just the four screws around the GPU socket. It is made entirely of aluminium and is large enough to allow airflow over the memory modules. The heatsink was a little tight on the core and required some effort to remove. The thermal transfer material was a form of tape and was difficult to remove. The fan is removable from the heatsink measuring 80mm x 15mm and is made by 'T&T' . Information was scarce for this fan.
Stripped of all the added hardware covering the G92 core and voltage regulators, you get the bare-bones view. The GDDR3 memory used on the EN8800GT is manufactured by Qimonda and is rated for 1000MHz. Even rated for 1000MHz, the stock memory speed is 1010MHz. Last but not least, is the G92 core powering the EN8800GT.