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We open the box up to find the following:

  • ASUS AX800 PRO/TD graphics card (in a transparent package);
  • Quick installation guide;
  • Full installation guide;
  • List of the graphics card’s technical parameters;
  • Manual on the software bundle;
  • DVI-I-to-D-Sub adapter;
  • S-Video-to-RCA adapter;
  • S-Video-to-YPbPr (HDTV) adapter;
  • S-Video cable;
  • RCA cable;
  • Power splitter (Molex-type connectors);
  • Web-camera.

There’s also a traditional orange box with CDs that contain the software bundle:

  • CD with ASUS’ drivers and utilities;
  • CD with ASUS DVD;
  • CD with ASUS PowerDirector 3DE;
  • CD with CyberLink MediaShow SE 2.0;
  • CD with Ulead Cool 3D SE 3.0 and Photo Express 4.0 SE;
  • 2 CDs with Deus Ex: Invisible War;
  • 2 CDs with Counter Strike: Condition Zero.

This software bundle seems to be unified for the ASUS AX800 PRO/TD and AX800 PRO/TVD models. The video-editing programs will be more useful for the owners of the latter version of the card since it can input a video signal. You can use them to edit video you receive from any other source, though.

We already discussed the functionality of the exclusive applications ASUS GameFace, ASUS Video Security and ASUS Smart Doctor in our reviews of the ASUS V9950 and ASUS RADEON 9800 XT/TVD graphics cards. You may follow the links for details.

Note that ASUS GameFace requires the special driver from ASUS to be installed – it is found on the CD with utilities. Besides that, the latest version of this driver allows setting up the brightness, contrast and gamma correction in an OSD menu “on the fly”, without leaving the game. The usefulness of this feature is questionable for us, but maybe not for you? The fact is the exclusive drivers from the graphics card manufacturer are usually updated less frequently than the universal Catalyst or ForceWare suites, so you may want not to use them. Driver updates from ATI and NVIDIA often contain a lot of improvements and corrections, necessary for every advanced gamer.

The ASUS’ web-cam included with the AX800 PRO looks cute enough.

You get it in a disassembled form – before using it, you need to attach the base. The base with the hinged pole allows changing the camera’s vertical angle, but you are not offered horizontal adjustment. The rubberized sole of the base makes the cam stand steady on any surface. The button on the top of the camera’s case is for capturing static frames – like making photographs. You can adjust the focus manually by rotating the rim of the camera’s objective. The device comes with a 1.5m USB cable.

Unlike many other cameras, this one is equipped with an integrated microphone, whose audio stream is transferred along the USB bus – there’s no need for an additional connector. The microphone is identified by the system as “USB Audio Device”. The quality of the sound is rather average, with a noticeable metallic tone. The quality of the image, however, is surprisingly good in all the supported resolutions up to the maximum (640x480). The camera is based on a CMOS sensor so it is not free from the common defects like a relatively low light sensitivity, most noticeable under artificial lighting, and a high level of color noise. The defects are visible if you use fluorescent lamps in your room – the image becomes yellow-red with strong color noise.

Anyway, the web-cam from ASUS is a well-made device and most appropriate, too, since you can use it with such utilities as ASUS GameFace and ASUS Video Security. In the latter case, though, you have to limit yourself with well-lit apartments. Otherwise, this security system will be absolutely useless.

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