ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review :: ASUS EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Bundle

11-09-2006 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

ASUS sent the bare card with a drivers CD, so this is more of a reference GeForce 8800GTX review of the reference card than a review of the ASUS retail package. Should ASUS send a retail package, we will of course cover the card in full detail. For now, the important information on the ASUS 8800GTX is essentially the same as the one from XFX, both are clocked at 575MHz for the core, 1.8GHz for the memory and 1.35 GHz for the Shader clock.

ASUS's website lists one model of 8800GTX card today at launch, the EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M card. The card will come with the usual suite of ASUS software, GRAW (Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter) GT1 Racing and 3Dmark06. This seems to be a great bundle for a video card as the games are relatively recent and everyone can use a copy of 3Dmark06 to test their new card with. ASUS normally provides a suite of their own software with their cards, including ASUS VideoSecurity, ASUS GameFace, ASUS GameMessenger and more. The card we received had only the driver CD, and I'd rather consider this a reference card review rather than a retail card review.


ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review Dual SLI

Dual SLI


There are two SLI connectors on the 8800GTX. The nForce 600i series motherboards that are being announced today have three PCI Express x16 slots. Does this mean three-way SLI is possible? Actually, the second SLI connector is to connect three cards, two for regular SLI use and the third for physics use. As the 8800GTX is an especially power hungry card, I can just imagine the PSUs three cards will require.


Driver shots


ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review
ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review

NVIDIA provided two different driver releases for the launch, 96.94 and 96.97. NVIDIA should release a driver with the card. One thing about the new Forceware drivers, NVIDIA has gotten rid of the old Control Panel. The advanced 3D settings give you full control of your new card. Another note, Oblivion does not natively support HDR+FSAA. If you set "Override the application setting" the GeForce 8800GTX will do both HDR+FSAA at the same time, a huge improvement in IQ, especially with the 16XQ or 8XQ modes.