Asus V9950 Ultra Videocard Review
been the market leader in just about every facet for as long as I can remember.
And while it's true that their manufacturing quality was better than most a few
years ago, the same really can't be said now as all teir one manufacturers
have outstanding quality. Still the legendary reputation of Asus' quality lives on
today, and whenever someone asks for a suggestion on any given peripheral, Asus' name
is often thrown into the hat.
been a manufacturing partner with nVIDIA for the longest time so it's not
surprising that they were quick to adopt nVIDIA's ill fated GeForceFX
5800 Ultra (in fact it was the only GeForceFX 5800 Ultra available in Canada!)
which was then dropped quickly. nVIDIA released the NV35 a.k.a. GeForceFX 5900 Ultra a few
months later, but Asus didn't jump on the bandwagon as quickly
as they had the first time. One can only assume that this change
of heart was because Asus didn't want to sell rebranded nVIDIA/Flextronic
FX5900 Ultra's like the rest.
Instead, Asus developed their own card PCB, and
while it's still based on the reference design as all the rest of the FX5900 Ultra's
are, it's certainly one of the better ones!
A growing trend
we've seen in the last little while are that manufacturers are bundling better software with
their videocards. While the software bundle with the Asus V9950 Ultra is not
as impressive as the one with the MSI nBox FX5900 Ultra, it's still pretty
good. Let's take a look at the beauty...
Asus include AsusDVD
(PowerDVD with an Asus skin/logo), a six game demo and full versions of Black
Hawk Down, Battle Engine Aquaila and GunMetal games.
For those of you who'd like
to take advantage of dual analog monitors, a DVI to Analog converter
and an S-Video-Composite cable are included in the box as well.
Set on a blue PCB, Asus follow the FX5900 reference design for their
V9950 Ultra. Like all GeForceFX 5900 Ultra class videocards, the Asus V9950
Ultra has the Molex power connector as the card draws more power then the AGP
port can deliver. Asus chose to use a gold coloured rear heatsink... but to be
honest I think it looks a bit tacky. Then again I'm sure there are some of you
who like gold. :)