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Conclusion

The generally favorable impression about the ASUS Extreme N7800GT is somewhat marred by its cooling system which might have been less loud. Like with the ASUS Extreme N7800GTX TOP, we have a high speed and a lot of accessories (even though with some necessary items missing). As for the overall performance, the ASUS Extreme N7800GT is directly opposed to the RADEON X1800 XL, but the ASUS product does not slow down in OpenGL games and in games that require processing large amounts of relatively simple pixel shaders.

The SLI configuration based on two ASUS Extreme N7800GT cards performed just excellently, with rare exceptions like in Project Snowblind . We think we should expect roughly the same performance from ASUS’ exclusive new product – the dual-processor graphics card Extreme N7800GT Dual. Only a pair of SLI-linked GeForce 7800 GTX may offer more speed today, but it would also cost more money.

Another advantage of the Extreme N7800GT is its good overclockability which is in fact typical of all graphics cards based on NVIDIA’s G70 chip, excepting those that are already overclocked by the graphics card manufacturer (like the above-mentioned ASUS Extreme N7800GTX TOP). The efficient cooling system, which served well back on the ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition, is not, unfortunately, silent, so if silence is your priority, you may want to replace it with something bigger, but quieter. As it is, the noise of the cooling system is audible and becomes rather uncomfortable if you install two such cards into a SLI platform.

So, the ASUS Extreme N7800GT can be recommended to all users, including overclockers and modders (remember the bright blue highlighting of the cooler!) who want to have a high-performance graphics card for about $450. You may be interested in this product even if you value quietness no less than speed: most other GeForce 7800 GT graphics cards also come with noisy coolers, so you have to replace the cooling system anyway.

Highs:

  • High performance
  • Efficient cooling system
  • Shader Model 3.0
  • HDR
  • Transparent texture antialiasing
  • Hardware acceleration of HD content playback
  • HDTV and VIVO support
  • Good overclockability
  • SLI-ready
  • Rich accessories

Lows:

  • Noisy cooling system
  • Some video cables are not included in the box
 
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