ASUS generally seems to have done a very good job with the 8800GTS TOP. The standard model is well .just that, a standard model. There isn't much you can say about it. The package is pretty standard with the exception of a CD Wallet. The problem is the same can be said for the TOP package, we have become used to getting some more recent games included in our ASUS graphics cards and it's disappointing to see that the 8800GTS missed out on such an added bonus.
The performance increase is certainly there over the standard 8800GT, and if you're not willing to overclock or just plain don't want to you can see why you would go for this card; especially if you're the owner of a 24" LCD that is outputting 1920 x 1200. However, as we witnessed recently, if you're willing to do a bit of overclocking the 8800GT represents some excellent value for money.
The real question is what will the price be like and how is stock going to go? Well, we still won't know for probably another week but hopefully it isn't too bad and fingers crossed there's plenty of stock.
ASUS continue to make a decent graphics card but there is no denying that we would have liked to have seen the TOP model stand out a little bit more over the standard, even if it was just a sticker on the card. Ultimately though, the biggest thing for these graphics cards are performance and the TOP manages to give you a nice little boost at the higher resolutions which could probably justify the slight price premium.
The 8800GTS G92 based card is a good graphics card, but not great. NVIDIA really seemed to have dug themselves a hole by putting the 8800GT out; it represents excellent performance and a nice price tag to boot, when companies aren't taking advantage of the limited stock that is.
ASUS EN8800GTS TOP