of today's videocards is pretty astounding. You can play games online with AA
and AF enabled, at 1600x1200 if you want! Talk about being spoiled. ;-) Back in
my day with at 8-bit colour, and we were happy with that!
Asus has put together a well rounded package with its
EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M videocard. This is standard Geforce 8800GTS fare that isn't
pre-overclocked by the factory, but instead comes with a wicked game title.
This videocard is not slow by any means, and it keeps up
with the competition very well. Asus include full copies of Race the WTCC and Ghost Recon
Advanced Warfighter. With a retail price of $341 CDN ($308 US, £154 GBP),
the Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M videocard his is just a bit more expensive than a
budget GeForce 8800GTS 320MB .
Based entirely on the reference Geforce 8800GTS design,
the thermal solution works well, and work quietly to keep the monster GPU below
running smoothly. During PCSTATS tests, the heatsink operated quietly even when
running at 100% load with all the AA/AF goodies enabled. Overclocking did not
cause the fan to generate much more noise.
As you've seen, the Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M handled
PCSTATS line up of benchmarks very well, and had no problems keeping up with pre
overclocked GeForce 8800GTS models. To truly get the most out of the high end
videocards though, you need to play with all the eye candy enabled and at high
resolutions, anything else and it's a waste. If you don't have a 19" monitor
already, get one, or better yet a 24" LCD.
If for some reason you find the Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M
slow, overclock it. The videocard handled overclocking very well with the core
hitting 675 MHz (from 500 MHz stock) and memory 2060 MHz (1600 MHz stock) in the
PCSTATS test labs. It gave the EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M a nice performance boost
The bottom line is that the Asus
EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M is like all other GeForce 8800GTS 320MB videocards. Fast. We
particularly like the copy of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter included here, as
otherwise there is very little to differentiate one Geforce 8800GTS-320 from the
next. Such is the case when all vendors are selling reference videocards,
accessories and clock speeds are the only changes they can really use to make
each offering stand out. In any case, if you've been holding out for a good
value Direct X 10 ready videocard, you really can't beat anything based on the
GeForce 8800GTS GPU that's for sure.
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