Up until now, gamers looking for a true high performance
(and quiet) videocard had very few choices. The options usually ended up being a
mainstream videocard that was overclocked heavily, or a high end videocard with
an expensive after market heatsink. With the release of the Asus EN7800GT TOP
Silent/2DHTV/256M, consumers now have an alternative that is fast and silent.
Of course passive cooling is not the only unique feature
of the Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M, it's also one of the fastest GeForce
7800GT videocards on the market out of the box. The clever Asus engineers were
able to squeeze out a bit more performance out of the graphics core by teaming
it up with some smoking 1.6ns GDDR3 memory.... and overclocking both
Asus is well known for its excellent software bundles
and the one that comes with the EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M is as good as it
gets. The videocard comes with seven full version games and its highlight is
Peter Jackson's King Kong.
Multimedia users will appreciate the video software that
comes with the package too, and the cards' VIVO capabilities and component
The ASUS SilentCool heatpipe cooler works wonders and
keepings the Geforce 7800GT graphics core within acceptable temperature limits.
During testing with minimal airflow, core temperatures never exceeded 70 degrees
Celsius. Pretty amazing when you consider the reference cooler performs about
the same and it is using a 50mm fan!
The only real issue with the Asus EN7800GT TOP
Silent/2DHTV/256M we have, and the same could be said for most current
generation videocards, is the lack of HDCP support. With Microsoft Vista
operating system and high definition content right around the corner, lacking
HDCP means people who watch videos on their computer or output to a high
definition television (HDTV) might be out of luck. It's difficult to say how
severe this issue will be without having the OS and HD DVD/Blu-Ray movies
||Experts Tip: Reset Driver Settings
All hardware enthusiasts enjoy tweaking drivers
and kudos to nVIDIA for including many options in its driver control
panel. One wrong tweak though, and performance can dramatically suffer or
image quality will go down the toilet. Sometimes new user will get into a
little trouble playing with settings, and nVidia drivers don't always
handle mix-ups with grace. While nVIDIA allows users to overwrite default
options, it has no way of restoring everything in one go. This is where a
program called RivaTuner comes in. If you need to
restore driver settings to default, load up RivaTuner and click the
triangle under the Driver setting, that will open up a new window. From
there select the "Reset all driver's settings to their default values
option", it will prompt you for a confirmation and after you click "yes",
reboot the system. Once that's done the default nVIDIA driver settings
will be restored.
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In terms of 3D capabilities, the Asus EN7800GT TOP
Silent/2DHTV/256M's numbers speak for themselves. Thanks to the higher core and
memory clocks, this PCI Express videocard performed better than a regular
GeForce 7800GT in every benchmark.
If that is not good enough for you (and why should it
be!), the EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M is fully SLI compatible also. We'd
suggest you stick with identical videcards, as there might be core/memory clock
issues with an alternate Geforce 7800GT solution. If overclocking is your game,
EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M videocard is pretty well up to the task. The unit
PCSTATS tested achieved an overclocked speed of 503 MHz core and 1360 MHz
memory. At this speed, the Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M performed close
to that of a GeForce 7800GTX 256MB videocard, pretty impressive considering the
'7800GT-version has less rendering pipelines.
At the moment the Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M is
difficult to find on the retail market but if you need something silent and
deadly (no not like that), the EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M is exactly what
the doctor ordered! It really does combine the best of performance and silence
from what we've seen so far.
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