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.
 
asus packaging asus rear packaging
 
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.
 
asus inside box
 
The box has a flap that opens that goes more in-depth into the cards features as well.
 
inside box
 
Protected very well from the elements with a huge box and loads of padding, your Asus 8800 GT isn't going to get damaged!
 
Package
 
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
 
asus 8800 gt package
 
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!).
 
The card
 
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.
 
asus 8800 gt card itself  asus 8800 gt rear
 
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.
 
Asus 8800 GT side
 
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 8800 gt cooler
 
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.
 
DVI 

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.
 
The Cooler
 
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
 
asus en8800gt top
 
Noise
 
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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24-12-2007, 17:24:49

Rastalovich
Great insight into the higher end of the gpu spectrum.

I have to be fair, even tho u`ve got a 1 to 4 positioning, I don`t think there`s that much in it for any of them. I know the Ati slides in the rankings, but it does show itself to be a fine card.

An interesting comparison would have been performance versus costing, seeing as they`re as close as they appear to be.

I`m a bit at odds with the oc results too. I simply can`t achieve the memory overclock on my GT without it having fits. But I can clock the gpu to around 720 (from 670).

What would impress me is some1 buying the cheapest GT, putting it under water, and claiming back those clock hertz with their superior cooling. Sounds nice.

Suprizes me a bit tho that the GTS isn`t launched as a bigger performer. Although pricewize, it does seem to start from stock where the GT limit starts. Leaving u further to climb

Nice review m8, think every1s doing the "going to bed early to get up early" trick Quote

24-12-2007, 17:25:40

Hyper
Nice to see this review is finally up

Shame I cant view it as 128k is painfully slow :sleep:Quote

24-12-2007, 18:07:43

Hatman
Thing is though there is a BIOS voltmod for the 8800GT that GREATLY increases its overclockability. If there isn't one for the 8800GTS I see them both reaching high limits but so far the 8800GT seems to OC better. With good cooling and the volt mod this thing easily passes 800mhz core, I've seen some at 850+.

What you also go to look at as well is shaders, they seem to be the key thing atm if the shaders OC much better on the 8800GT, which I guess they kinda should since they could simply lock the worst performing ones to get it top out better, it could impact performance in certain titles a lot.

Nice review though I was surprised the 8800GT didn't clock more, there wasn't a heat issue was there?

It should also be said about the supposed problems of the memory modules on the 8800GT, seems that long term use of the memory at 2ghz+ and it brakes. Thats why some companies like Zotac use better memory modules for their cards.Quote

24-12-2007, 18:29:40

Brooksie
Great review Kempez, can't wait to open my GTS tomorrow Quote

24-12-2007, 18:34:22

FarFarAway
The GT was a little hot yes, but I will never change the cooling or take off the heatsink prior to running any tests. I test every card as it would be when it appears on your doorstep

Volt-modding is not part of the overclocking testing as the percentage of users who do that is small and it voids any warranty you have.

An overclock is dependent on what RAM is used, what cooling is like and also what luck you get with the silicon...the overclocking gods didn't smile on me this time

@Rast: I agree, the ATI card is a great card as I said in the ATI review, but this review was for these two cards. Having said that: would I buy the HD3850 personally? No, I'd go for an 8800 GTS 512mb G92 or an 8800 GT 512 G92 It's simply not fast enough with every game, I'm afraid.Quote
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