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Asus A9800XT/TVD/256 Radeon 9800XT Videocard Review

Asus A9800XT/TVD/256 Radeon 9800XT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: While it is common knowledge that the Radeon 9800XT GPU is one fast little chip, what really sets the Asus A9800XT/TVD/256 apart from the competition is the impressive software bundle it ships with.
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External Mfg. Website: Asus Mar 09 2004   Colin Sun  
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Smart Doctor and Game Face

The fan RPM monitoring was the only place where we were disappointed at Asus.

There are two fans on the A9800XT/TVD/256, yet we can only monitor the RPM on one? We stopped the second fan on the A9800XT/TVD/256 with our finger and Smart Doctor didn't say a thing.

Smart Doctor has an overclocker utility built into the software, and you can raise the core and memory to 440/770 MHz. It's a bit restrictive, so enthusiasts will probably want to use a 3rd party tweaker to get more out of the card.

Asus Game Face Software:

One really cool feature that's native to Asus cards only is their "Game Face" software. Now when you're gaming online you can let other fellow Asus videocard owners see who they're playing against. All you need is a video device that hooks up to either the S-Video or Composite connectors and you're set. Unfortunately Game Face does not work with those USB web cams, but perhaps Asus will support them at some point in the future.


Both pictures courtesy of the Asus website

You can place the Game Face window pretty much anywhere on the screen and change its transparency and size. What's even better is you an also get sound, I guess it is possible to watch TV and play games at the same time! ;-)

Game Face works independently from the actual game so it should work with pretty much every title out there!

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Contents of Article: Asus A9800XT/TVD/256
 Pg 1.  Asus A9800XT/TVD/256 Radeon 9800XT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Cooling and Software Utilities
 Pg 3.  — Smart Doctor and Game Face
 Pg 4.  Overclocking one of the fastest cards in the world!
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, CodeCreatures
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Gun Metal
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 10.  Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion
 Pg 11.  An extremely well rounded card!

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