Asus EAX1900XTX 512
Posted by: Phantom on: 03.06.2006 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
The inside of the box while packed good but shows why I had a moan about the size of it, there is so much unused space inside I could probably fit another 2 cards in there. No offence to Asus but the packaging really needs a rethink. Anyway forget the negative comments now as it is not the packaging that counts itís the product inside, so let us see what we have.
Asus have supplied the card with every viable connection you would need for the card so there is no need to purchase any extras, one thing that surprised me with the composite and s-video cable was the length as these are normally not even 10cm long with most cards, the included leather wallet is a nice touch to put all the CDís (check features and specs page for list of included software) that came with the card in. Time to look at the main item of the package, the card itself.
Here it is, the Asus EAX1900XTX in all its glory, the first thing you notice is the card uses the reference cooler with a few sticker changes. One thing I like about ATiís reference designs is they always do there job well but at the inconvenience of a very loud fan when in full swing. Just like the X850 series I would hate to have two of these running in crossfire mode with the fans in full swing. But then again with something this fast it needs the faster fan, but I do hope that Asus release one with a quieter cooling option.
On the reverse side we can see the retention bracket for the cooler, which aided by a few screws keeps it firmly clamed on the GPU. I have to say the mounting is not to dissimilar to the socket 775 plate found on the rear of most heat pipe 755 coolers.
The front of the card is pretty much laid out the way I would of expected, but one difference over the older X850 coolers you will spot is the size, you can see it is almost twice that at the intake which should provide a much better airflow.
The overall construction of the cooler is well made and should do its job, let us hope the card can produce the goods without me going deaf!.
The rear is laid out pretty much as I expected with the cooler taking up two slots, one slight difference I did notice was that the exhaust was not as large as with previous designs of this cooler. For me I can not understand this as simple physics indicates this will produce more noise than if it was spread across the whole back plate. Before we move on to test this card, let us see how it looks compared to one of the rivals.
As you can see both cards cover the same length, although I think the Nvidia card has a much better thought out cooler option (especially on the sound front)
As you can see the Nvidia coolers exhaust covers the whole of the backplate to help push out the warm air, maybe the ATi reference design had some cooling issues with it covering the full length or maybe it caused air to be sucked in through the exhaust. Who knows? Anyway enough of the looks and layout let us get on to the important part the testing.
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