Asus ENGTS 250 Reviewtacohunter52 -
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Here comes the fun part. In the following pages, I'll be putting the Asus ENGTS 250 through a series of tests designed to bring the card to its knees. The Asus ENGTS 250 will be tested at both its stock and overclocked speeds, but what is a test without something to compare it to? I'll be comparing Asus's card to other current cards on the market. They will all be tested at stock speeds to avoid any anomalies in the testing process. Using the scores we will be able to see just where the ENGTS 250 stands. NVIDIA cards will be using the 182.08 Drivers, while ATI cards will be using the 9.2 Catalyst release.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 920 (Core Clock 3GHz)
- Motherboard: MSI X58 platinum
- Memory: Mushkin HP3 12800 7-7-7-20
- Video Card(s): Asus ENGTS 250
- Power Supply: TEC 750W
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 750GB SATA
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition SP1 64bit
Comparison Video Cards:
- Asus ENGTS 250 805/1200/1997
This card is came from the factory at its stock settings, and because of this I was expecting a pretty significant overclock. My goal was to exceed a core clock of 800. As always I increased the Core, Shader, and Memory clocks by increments of 10. After about a 50MHz increase of all 3 clock speeds, I got excruciatingly bored, so I figured what the heck! I Increased the Core clock to 825, the Shader clock to 2009, and the memory clock to 1270. Much to my surprise, these settings were actually able to run 3dmark Vantage. Of course in a game, these settings were completely unstable. I began to lower the settings by 5 for each clock, and with a Core clock of 815 I was able to run all games without any crashes. There was of course a large decrease in FPS. This meant that the overclock was still unstable. I once again decreased the clock speeds, but this time in increments of 3, I was finally able to see increased frame rates with a Core clock of 805 MHz, a Memory clock of 1200MHz, and a Shader clock of 1997MHz. While these settings aren't superb, they do make for a perfectly respectable OC. On top of that, I met my goal of going over a Core clock of 800MHz.