Asus EN9800 GTX Reviewccokeman -
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The 9 series graphics cards from Nvidia were released to the world just over a month ago. The launches started with the mid range 9600GT, progressed to the multi GPU, single PCI-E slot solution with the 9800GX2, making quad SLI a reality. Each of these cards outperformed the previous cards they replaced in the Nvidia lineup. The 9600GT replaced the 8600 series and gained an impressive 70%+ in performance based on my testing. With both of those launches, speculation about the performance of the unreleased 9800GTX was everywhere on the web. Let the speculation end, because the 9800GTX is here.
The Asus EN9800GTX features a GPU clock speed of 675MHz, a shader clock speed of 1688MHz, 512MB of high speed GDDR3 memory running at 1100MHz. Using 128 stream processors running at 1.69GHz, this card should perform above the level of its predecessor, the G80 based 8800GTX. Not only does the EN9800GTX have the performance tools needed by gamers, it has the High Definition crowd covered with Pure Video enhancements, and for the energy conscious, Hybrid power makes saving power a reality. Will the EN9800GTX be all it's expected to be? Let's find out.
The 9800GTX comes in a large box with plenty of room for both the video card and the accessory bundle. The front panel showcases the fact that this card has 512MB of DDR3 memory and is PCI-E 2.0 ready. Included software utilities are the Gamer OSD, a utility that offers real time overclocking and benchmarking and capturing in-game screen shots. Smart Doctor is both a monitoring and overclocking tool that allows the user to set up software based overclocking protection. The rear panel shows some of the specifications and expands on the software utilities mentioned on the front panel in several languages. The phrase on the front panel is "Rock Solid- Heart Touching," kind of appropriate that the phrase fits the Warrior Queen on the front of the box.
Opening up the package allow access to the 9800GTX and the included bundle of accessories. The card is encased in a foam block easily protecting it from the wrath of the shipping companies. The bundle is stored between the two levels of the box.
The bundle that is included with the 9800GTX includes a quick setup guide, the manual on a disc, the driver disc, one DVI to D-sub converter, S-video to component adapter and a dual 4-pin molex to PCI-E power adapter. The power adapter is not the ideal solution for bringing power to the 9800GTX, but there are people that still do not have a power supply with two dedicated PCI-E power connections.
That's a quick look at how the card comes to the consumer and what you get for your $299.