ASUS Computer EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M
Package and Accessories
The ASUS card comes in the same package as the EN8800GTX we have reviewed earlier. The picture on the box has not changed even. The only difference is the product name printed in yellow letters. This box seems to be shared by the models with 320MB and 640MB of graphics memory because its amount is indicated by a sticker under the product name. Here, it says “320MB DDR3” which is not quite correct technically since GDDR3 memory that is installed on a majority of modern graphics cards is a variation of DDR2 and has no direct relation to DDR3. Besides the memory amount, the sticker announces the product’s compatibility with Windows Vista and support of GamerOSD technology, and mentions bonuses supplied with the card.
The box contents are neatly laid out into the compartments. The graphics card itself is wrapped into an antistatic pack and lies on a soft tray that protects it from damage during transportation and storage. The box is very large, but the handle makes it easy to carry it around. The EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M comes with the following accessories:
- 2 x Molex → 6-pin PCI Express power converter;
- DVI-I → D-Sub converter;
- Universal YPbPr/Composite splitter;
- Brief SpeedSetup installation guide;
- CD pouch made of artificial leather;
- CD disk with Asus brand name drivers;
- CD with full version of multi-lingual user manual;
- DVD disk with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter game;
- DVD disk with RACE: The Official WTCC Game;
- CD with FutureMark 3DMark06 benchmarking suite.
Although there are no S-Video and RCA cables in the box, and no second DVI-I → D-Sub adapter, this is not a serious drawback nowadays. Besides two good games and 3DMark06, you get a handy pouch for your optical discs.
The documentation is all right, too. The brief SpeedSetup manual will help you install the card into your system. For details missing in it you can refer to the full version of the manual you will find on the included CD.
So, the ASUS EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M card comes with everything you may want to use the product as well as with nice bonuses like a CD case, two good games, and a full version of the popular benchmarking suite Futuremark 3DMark06. The box design might be different, though. The current design with a trooper from Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter must have already become somewhat boring to the potential customer. Moreover, it is used for several products from ASUS and you can’t differentiate them at once glance.
PCB Design and Cooling System
The graphics card has a green PCB and is equipped with a reference cooling system. The only things that distinguish it from other such cards are the picture on the cooler casing and the holographic ASUS logo on the fan motor.
The EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M uses Hynix HY5RS573225AFP-11 memory. The voltage of these 256Mb chips depends on the access time index; it is 2.2V for AFP-11. Chips with this access time are rated to work at a frequency of 900 (1800) MHz, so we can expect some overclocking reserve from the chips on this graphics card, which are clocked at 800 (1600) MHz exactly as is written in the official GeForce 8800 GTS specification. The total amount of memory is 320MB accessed across a 320-bit memory bus. The card carries 10 chips. Two seats for memory chips are left empty, like on any other GeForce 8800 GTS. It is possible that other batches of the card may come with different memory, e.g. Samsung K4J55323QC/QI or Hynix chips with a higher access time and a voltage of 1.8V.
The graphics core has a standard configuration with 96 shader processors, 24 TMUs and 20 ROPs. The main core frequency is 513MHz while the shader processor domain is clocked at 1188MHz. Thus, the frequencies of the ASUS EN8800GTS 320MB comply precisely with the official specification from Nvidia.
The card has the same connectors as the GeForce 8800 GTX: two universal DVI-I outputs that can be used for a digital connection in single- or dual-link mode or for an analog connection using an appropriate adapter, and a 7-pin mini-DIN you can attach an YPbPr/RCA splitter or an S-Video cable to. Like any other GeForce 8800, the card supports DHCP and can normally work with protected HD video content.