XFX 8800 GTS 512 and Asus 8800 GT 512 - G92 shoot out
Asus EN8800 GT 512 Top Edition
Asus EN8800 GT 512 Packaging
The packaging on the Asus 8800 GT is pretty huge to say the least. Double the size of the XFX packaging, it definitely looks impressive when it gets through your door.
The packaging is very much dominated by the large Company of Heroes figures on the box. The game is very obviously included in the package! This will of course stand out on shelves.
The box has a flap that opens that goes more in-depth into the cards features as well.
Protected very well from the elements with a huge box and loads of padding, your Asus 8800 GT isn't going to get damaged!
The package with the Asus EN8800 GT Top is pretty convincing software-wise:
* DVI to VGA connector
* S-Video to component cable
* 1 x Molex to single PCI-e power connector
* Speed Setup manual
* CD with VGA Driver
* CD instruction manual
* Faux leather CD wallet
* Company of Heroes full game
Pretty nice, and the AA title Company of Heroes is a great inclusion (seeing as we are now using the full retail version with the DX10 patch for testing!).
Asus have gone with the reference Nvidia design for their EN8800 GT Top. This design is a single slot copper-based heatpipe cooler with Aluminium fins.
As on the reference design, Asus have stuck with the green PCB. Adorning the front of the heatsink is again a large logo and figure from Company of Heroes, a good move if you're a fan of the game...not so much if you aren't.
The addition of the Nvidia Geforce logo on the side of the card is the same as the reference card again, but nice if you have a case with a window.
Asus have done well in covering up anything that could get damaged as we can see above with the plastic on the SLI connector. Unlike previous incarnations of the Top edition cards, Asus have decided against a retention mechanism to keep the card straight.
The card has two Dual Link DVI's and TV-out. This means that you should be absolutely fine running pretty much any monitor you can buy, as you should be able to. HDCP is also included and implemented by Asus, as most of the other Nvidia AIB's have also done.
There isn't a whole lot to say about the cooler as we've pretty much covered it all in our previous 8800 GT review.
One thing I did notice though, was the the cooler on the Asus card seemed to get a lot hotter than the one on the XFX card, idling at 55°C and loading up at a pretty steamy 90°C
Again, as I previously stated in the 8800 GT review,
the noise from the cooler is not too bad, if the fan doesn't start ramping up. However, set it to full...it makes your ears bleed. Thankfully this didn't happen during gaming or testing, but don't think manual fan control is an option if you like to be able to hear yourself think!
Now let's move on to the XFX card...
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