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ASUS Radeon 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra - Kings of the VGA Hill - Cooling and Design

Today we are looking at the two top dogs from both ATi and nVidia in the form of the Radeon 9800 XT and GeForce FX 5950 Ultra from ASUS. We pit them directly against a reference 9800 XT and an older 9800 Pro to find out who is the king of the hill in the VGA department.

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Cooling and Design


As with all large PCB and energy-sucking graphic cards, both ASUS's V9980 Ultra and 9800 XT requires a now-generic 4-pin Molex connection in order to run the card and its HSF. Both cards feature massive cooling systems, thus giving us two impressions: The first being that both of these bad boys must be loud, and secondly the GPU's underneath must be virtually arctic.




Using a somewhat peculiar fan and heatsink arrangement, ASUS packs two onboard fans encased by a copper heatsink. I personally find this odd due to the logical noise factor: Large fans equal less noise, therefore smaller fans equal greater noise when ran at similar speeds. Seeing as how both the products we are dealing with today pack two tiny turbo fans, we are once again expecting a decent amount of whirring.


On the opposite side, we can see both cards pack very large heatsinks on the back. The GeForce FX 5950's is considerably thicker, and is a protective measure from the factory as we have high clock speeds with all V9980 Ultra cards.




As currently common in top-of-the-line consumer graphic cards a VGA out, DVI out and ASUS's proprietary adaptor connector can all be found on both cards. And, if you


are interested in running two LCD's using unconverted signal (better performance) you can use the included VGA-to-DVI adaptor.



As noticeable through comparison, the V9980 Ultra is a massive video card. Fifty-percent larger than a 9600 XT and ten-percent larger than ASUS's 9800XT, this card is no miniature. However, ASUS does not substitute size for quality of manufacturing.




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