ASUS EN9800GT 512mb PCI-E

Test setup and Overclocking

Test Setup 

For this review, we will be using a test setup consisting of parts normally found in a mid- to high-end PC. A common mistake made when benchmarking graphics cards is that the rest of the PC system isn't sufficient enough to test the GPU to its limits. This results in a bottleneck situation, where the system can only run at the speed of its slowest component. For this reason, the test configuration chosen below has been specially selected to give each of the graphics card on test the headroom they require in order to produce the best results. To ensure we had no CPU bottlenecks we also overclocked the Q6600 to 3.6ghz for all of the tests. A fresh Vista installation along with Service Pack 1 updates were installed for each video card, along with the latest video card drivers available at the time of the review.
Test Setup
With stock clockspeeds set to 600Mhz on the core and 1800mhz on the memory, I was eager to see how much further I could clock the EN9800GT. Using the latest version of Rivatuner, I prepared the overclock by setting the fan to 100% which surprisingly didn't increase the volume level too much. I then went about overclocking the core and memory reaching 710Mhz and 2000Mhz respectively. Any further pushing and 3dMark 06 showed instability by either loss of detection of the card, BSOD or artefacting.
Over 100Mhz on the core and 200Mhz on the memory saw the 3DMark score increase by over a thousand points. Nothing to be scoffed at I'm sure you will agree. Temperatures were kept well under control with the 'Glaciator' cooler topping out at 72c while running 3DMark 06. I was also pleasantly surprised at how quiet the cooler was regardless of the stress the core was under.
After setting the clocks back to stock levels I then ran a group of benchmarks to see how well the EN9800GT faired against its closest competitor, the HD4850 also from Asus. While I don't expect the 9800GT to make any great shakes, as it costs £25 less than the HD4850, it will certainly be interesting to see how the 9800GT fairs with regard to Cost Per Frame - a key factor in the mid-range sector.
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26-09-2008, 07:24:59

Can the ASUS EN9800GT claim the middleweight crown in the GPU market or will the HD4850 still reign supreme? (Review by webbo)

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26-09-2008, 07:44:15

Good review. It does indeed look like a 8800GT with a gpu switch over. However I would draw exception to the comparison of it with a 4850. In my mind, the 4850 is to compete with the likes of the 260 from an nVidia pov, hence u can use the comment of "so last year" cos, well, it is. Immediately seeing the 4850 being held against it, I was quite supprized that it held up as close as it did in some respects. It`s counterpart, the 3850 (imo) may well have produced a different picture. Likewize the 260/4850. It`s a tough call cos on the one hand a company is producing a range whereas the other is introduce 2, mainly with slight manufacturing differences.

They are however closer matched cost per frame than the other variations may be, which is where u probably could consider them to be competitors for that region.

The look of this ASUS range of cooling is growing on me. I did think it looked fugly when I seen it first, and don`t have a particular liking of that direction of cooler on a gfxcard - even tho it is a solid method, I`d prefer to blow across and hopefully out of the case rather than swirling around inside hoping for a good exhaust fan. It`s hard to have that blowing across method without a dual slot approach tho.

Great read.Quote

26-09-2008, 08:29:15

I think the 4850 is designed to compete with the 9800GTX+ which it matches more closely. The 1GB 4850 is way above this price point. I agree with Rast, the cooling should be across and out of the case. I think the card is for those who want more than the 9600GT without stepping up £50 to the 9800GTX range. It also offers those with more sense to look for an 8800GT with almost all of the features (oh no I lose hybrid SLI, that I don't have support for) for a massively reduced price.

A really good review as ever guys.Quote

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