Asus ENGTS 250 Reviewtacohunter52 - April 13, 2009
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So the ENGTS does for the most part, perform better than a 9800GTX+. Why not just call it a "Super 9800GTX++?" The simple answer is because why would any respectable company give their product that name? Let's be serious now. NVIDIA has been getting a lot of grief from all this renaming. While they are doing it again, at least it's to put a stop to it. As most of you know, NVIDIA will have 2 main series; GTS and GTX. GTX is for enthusiasts, and GTS is for people a little more budget conscious. To tell you the truth, I'm glad they made another G92 card, simply because it allows consumers to purchase a decent card which is good value.
Asus's ENGTS 250 performed far better than what I expected. What I was expecting was a glorified 9800GTX+, but what I got was a killer card that overclocked like nobody's business, and it required less power! To top things off, it's about the same price as a 9800GTX+. That's right! If you own a 9800GTX+, you can purchase a better card for around the same price, give or take, and then SLI it with your old card right out of the box. Not only is the card inexpensive, it offers great performance. It was able to perform about the same as BFG's GTS 250, which has 1GB of memory instead of 512MB, and aside from CRYSIS, it was able to play all games at every resolution.
If you're looking for a good value card, but aren't interested in this one for its performance, overclockability, or lower energy requirements, then get it for CUDA and PhsyX. Programs such as vReveal, which are very processor intensive, can perform much better with a GPU that utilizes CUDA technology. If you're into video editing, this card is definitely something you might want to investigate. At present, there aren't a whole lot of games that utilize PhsyX, but that's not to say there won't be soon. For this reason, owning a PhsyX card might be a good idea just to keep the physics calculations away from your CPU. All things considered, I'd say this card performs great, and would I happily recommend it to anyone on a tight budget, who must have a decent gaming system.
- Custom cooler with 4 heat pipes
- TRI SLI
- Performance for low price
- Looks pretty cool
- Renamed G92 card
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