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PCB Design

ASUS is among the few companies who receive a do-it-yourself kit from Nvidia rather than a ready-made GeForce 7900 GT. The kit includes a PCB, graphics processor and memory and it is up to the manufacturer to install everything right. And here we can blame ASUS for the traces of rosin on the blue-lacquered textolite – they hadn’t washed the card well enough after soldering. This has no effect on the operation of the device, but it looks somewhat untidy. We hope it’s only a problem of our sample or the particular batch and other samples of the card will please your eyes with their very appearance.

 

Other than that, there is nothing particularly interesting on the PCB. The wiring is standard; all the important components of the card are placed on one side of the PCB under a massive heatsink. The reverse side carries electronic components that support the card’s VIVO and HDTV functionality and a plastic fastener for the cooler. A metal bar goes along the top edge of the PCB to add it robustness and prevent it from bending during install/uninstall operations or just when it is in the slot with all that weight of the cooler on it.

So, the ASUS GeForce 7800GT Top graphics card is a workhorse designed well enough to serve its term and offering the user some nice features like good accessories.

 
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