October 3rd, 2007
Asus EN8800GT TOP Review @ OCClub
When looking for a video card there are several types of users. There are the people that look only at the price, the intermediate gamer that wants the high-end cards, but has to settle somewhere in the middle and finally, the all-out ‘must have the latest and greatest’ card on the planet, regardless of cost. While there are are some cards that fall higher on the scale than the 8800GT series of video cards, there are not really that many. This makes the 8800GT fall right into the bread-basket of the intermediate gamer, as well as the higher-end crowd. Able to play many of todays DX10 games at high settings with acceptable frame rates, the G92 8800GT is that card that everyone wants from a cost/performance perspective.
The EN8800GT TOP from Asus, is just one of the G92 8800GT cards on the market. What sets it apart from the crowd? The Asus EN8800GT TOP is the “Top Overclocking Performance” version – the highest performance version Asus sell of this series. Featuring GPU core clock speeds of 700MHZ and GDDR3 memory speeds of 1010MHz, these clock speeds represent increases of 100MHz on the core and 110MHz on the memory over stock speeds. In addition, this card uses what Asus calls the “Glacinator” cooling solution to keep both the GPU core and memory cool. What’s so special about this design? Asus clams it keeps the GPU seven degrees Celsius cooler than a stock reference solution. Let’s see just how these features impact the performance of this 8800GT video card.