ASUS Extreme N7800GT Dual-SLI on a single card
Posted by: Vman on: 02.01.2006 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Before we look at the card, let us see what the package contained
Included in the package we had the component and HDTV adaptor cable, 2xDVI to VGA converters, A Molex to PCI-E power connector, and 2 VGA cables, these plug in just under the support bar to enable quad monitor support. Also included was a software package these included Xpand Rally, Project Snowblind, (now shipping with COD2) ASUS VGA driver, Virtual Drive 9, ASUSDVD, PowerDirector, Multi Language Manual and Media@Show, this was an excellent package and with the last minute conclusion of COD2 makes it better. I for one am allways happy when I see a GFX card shipping with a new Title.
The actual GFX card itself is very different to the packaging, the PCB is dark blue but I have also seen it in red, the unit has a robust heavy design which is dominated by the large heatsink in the shape of a diamond,
I was shocked at the tiny fan used and once I had the top removed, I was shocked again by the poor quality of the heatsink, well thatís a bit harsh but looking at it from an Overclocking perspective things are not looking great.
The next feature that I spotted was the support bar across the top this is a great little feature and one im sure will be used more as GFX cards get bigger, the support is connected to the back panel and clips along the top of the card, because of this support the card is a hundred times more stable and I would even go as far as saying that this support should be on every GFX card, for the simple fact that it makes the card impossible to unintentionally bend.
Coming round to the back of the N7800GT DUAL you will notice that you have two DVI ports and space for another 2 VGA connectors, this is because the N7800GT DUAL allows up to 4 monitors to be on at the same time plus an S-Video output. A bit Xtreme I know but in some circumstances, this would be invaluable, donít worry if you donít have a DVI monitor as you are supplied with 2X DVI/VGA converters (As well as the extra VGA cables for Quad monitor support). The N7800GT DUAL is also HDTV compatible so can be used with he latest HDTV televisions which is a feature that im unfortunately unable to examine.
Moving onto the external PSU; this as you might have guessed allows you to power your GFX card externally and is rated at 80watts, power issues are probably one of the biggest problems with SLi. As allot of people have rushed out paid £500+ on their new equipment and once they have it home realise their PSU is only 300 watts and unable to power their hungry system. I suppose ASUS have looked at this problem at decided to supply an external PSU to eradicate it,† I just donít think it is needed as most people looking to buy an SLi setup should upgrade their PSU to 500+ watts. You also have to take into account that the PSU takes another plug socket which im sure we would all love more of. Do not get me wrong if you gave me the choice of external PSU or no external PSU the external version would win easily and there are some benefits for the Overclocking community as the GFX has a constant supply of power.
Now letís take a look under the hood so to speak, the EN7800GT DUAL as you know has 2X 7800 GPUís, each with 2X 256 1.6ns DDR3 memory, the EN7800GT DUAL also has an on-chip video processor allowing you to Encode/Decode TV (via cabling), Receive High quality DVD payback and as mentioned support for HDTV televisions,
The EN7800GT DUAL is also capable of achieving True Dual X16 SLI with a compatible motherboard. (we gave you a list on features and specs page)
Overall, the ASUS N7800GT is on hell of a card, from a cosmetic point of view it is not to my liking but that is just my opinion, there are some nice features such as the support bar that I would like to see on more GFX cards in the future and external PSU for Overclocking. Cooling is not going to be the best because of the poor fan and overall design ASUS have let the side down on this one I think but that is only from an Overclocking perspective, but who needs to Overclock when you have 2 7800 GPUíS and 512 on-board Memory.
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