We were left with mixed feelings after we tested the ASUS EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M. This card surely has a lot of advantages over its competitors and the card’s heart Radeon X1900 XTX very often delivers unrivalled performance, e.g. with enabled full-screen antialiasing or in scenes with a lot of pixel shaders. At the same time, GeForce 7900 GTX-based products will be a better choice and will provide a higher performance in scenes that require a high speed of texturing and in OpenGL applications.
Although the graphics cards from the Radeon X1900 and GeForce 7900 families are peers in today’s gaming applications, the ASUS EAX1900XTX may become a leader in upcoming games. The programmers put ever more math1ematic instructions into pixel shaders, so the 48 pixel processors of the R580 chip will be able to render complex scenes faster than the 24 pixel processors of the GeForce 7900 GTX. However, you should keep in mind that GeForce 7950 GX2 demonstrates much better results than Radeon X1900 XTX and has every chance to become an even more progressive solution.
The ASUS card is a copy of the reference design and is manufactured by Sapphire Technology, so it has a poor overclocking potential as is characteristic of products based on top-end chips.
Following its long-established marketing policy ASUS complements its highest-performance solutions with an impressive set of accessories the potential buyer is sure to appreciate. And so, the ASUS EAX1900XTX/2HDTV/512M is a very appealing choice for those users who not only need high performance but also want to find games and additional software in the graphics card’s package.
- Rich accessories
- High performance in most applications
- Excellent performance when FSAA and anisotropic filtering are in use
- Support for transparency antialiasing
- Future-proof with 512MB of graphics memory, efficient implementation of Shader Model 3.0, and with 48 pixel processors
- FSAA and HDR can be used simultaneously
- VIVO functionality
- Support for hardware decoding of H.264 and other HD formats (Avivo engine)
- Dual-link DVI
- High power consumption level
- Produces more noise than the competing solution
- Slower than the competing solution in OpenGL and in applications that require high texture-mapping speed