We liked the ASUS AX800 PRO/TD much. Its appeal is in the gorgeous accessories you can hardy find with other products as well as in the highest quality of manufacture, crystal-sharp 2D image and low noise level. The ASUS AX800 PRO/TD is an ideal choice for people who need a well-made and fast graphics card, which is however not trying to produce sounds like a jet taking off. Silence is a trump of the AX800 PRO/TD. If we were to examine the device for any faults, we’d find none, save for the not-quite-perfect cooling system. Well, you can find the same fault with ATI’s own reference design of the RADEON X800. The lack of memory cooling doesn’t prevent the AX800 PRO from working normally but the chips are hot at work.
The ASUS AX800 PRO/TD is overall a speedy runner, especially in modern games that abound in complex special effects created with the help of pixel shaders. In such cases it matches the performance of the GeForce 6800 GT and more, and sometimes even leaves behind the GeForce 6800 Ultra that belongs to a higher price category. However, in games that demand a high fill rate and extensively use simple pixel shaders, the GeForce 6800 GT with its 16 pipelines and relatively fast memory beats the X800 PRO from ASUS.
Like every other member of the modern RADEON family, the ASUS AX800 PRO/TD feels at ease in the hardest video modes when you enable both anisotropic texture filtering and full-screen antialiasing. It is of course due to the developer who equipped its products with technologies for an efficient use of the memory bandwidth and, in the case of the X800 series, with chips of fast GDDR3 memory.
Thus, the AX800 PRO/TD suits perfectly for playing modern games that make a wide use of complex pixel shaders and for upcoming games that will be using ever more complex shader-based effects. There will be an exception – games with Shader Model 3.0, presently unsupported by any of ATI’s GPUs.
ASUS may also enjoy demand from users who like playing games with full-screen antialiasing and anisotropic filtering enabled. Like all modern RADEONs, this graphics card easily handles this kind of work.
- High performance in modern games;
- High performance with enabled full-screen antialiasing and anisotropic filtering;
- High quality of manufacture;
- Excellent 2D picture;
- Low noise level;
- Small dimensions.
- The card would make a good use of more cooling;
- High price.
As for the last item – yes, the product is not cheap at all. According to xbitlabs.dealtime.com and pricewatch.com, you have to shell out from $465 to $527 for a sample, and that’s quite a lot for a graphics card whose recommended price is $399. Well, the rich accessories account somewhat for that price – take the web-camera, for example, that can be used for multiplayer games (the ASUS GameFace feature).
If a price of $527 or something doesn’t take you aback, do consider the ASUS AX800 PRO/TD an as option. And if you also want to have a video input, take a look at the ASUS AX800 PRO/TVD model, which is equipped with an ATI Rage Theater chip.