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Conclusion

Even though ASUSTeK’s Extreme N7800GTX TOP/2DHTV graphics card is pushed to the very limits and does not offer any overclocking potential, something that may be expected from an enthusiast-class board, the new top-of-the-range product does offer so high performance that, in fact, any higher overclockability is simply not needed.

Talking about the speed of the Extreme GeForce 7800 GTX TOP from ASUS, we should note that it either beats or matches the RADEON X1800 XT 512MB at default clock-speeds in the majority of the benchmarks. There are a few cases when the RADEON X1800 XT 512MB has some noticeable lead over the overclocked GeForce 7800 GTX, but there are not a lot of such cases. In fact, we can definitely call the Extreme GeForce 7800 GTX TOP as the fastest graphics accelerator for OpenGL games to date.

But besides being among the top-performing graphics cards today, ASUS Extreme GeForce 7800 GTX TOP is also utterly quiet: it cannot be heard even in open systems, something that is very valuable today.

Another advantage of ASUS’ top-end board is that it is available now, whereas the RADEON X1800 XT will be commercially launched later. One of the problems, however, is that its availability is not really wide, which may not allow it to drop the price quickly enough to match that of the model X1800 XT. Recommended pricing for the RADEON X1800 XT is $499 and $549 for 256MB and 512MB models respectively, whereas at press time pricing for the ASUS Extreme GeForce 7800 GTX TOP was approximately $599, the recommended price-point for NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB.

Yet one more strong point concerning ASUS Extreme GeForce 7800 GTX TOP graphics card is excellent product bundle. That’s not an ideal one, at least one popular game and some accessories noted in appropriate chapter would be much appreciated.

Highs:

  • Excellent performance;
  • Quiet operation;
  • Very efficient cooling;
  • Shader Model 3.0 support;
  • HDR support;
  • Transparency anti-aliasing;
  • HD video decoding hardware acceleration;
  • HDTV output, video input;
  • Increased clock-speeds by default;
  • Multi-GPU SLI technology support;
  • Nice product bundle.

Lows:

  • Dual-slot cooling system;
  • Cannot be overclocked;
  • Product bundle does not include some necessary cables.

Having summed up our test results we here at X-bit labs decided to award ASUS Extreme GeForce 7800 GTX TOP graphics card with the prestigious Editor’s Choice Title as the today’s Best Graphics Card for OpenGL Games:

 
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