ASUS X800 Pro
- The Package
ASUS are extremely well known for making one of the larger bundles with their products. Be it wireless equipment or extra pieces of software for it to stand out from the others, there is no denying that ASUS have always made a great package. The only real problem that you run into is that with this great package is the price tag. When you think of ASUS, you think more prestige then some of the other brands available.
The X800 Pro from ASUS is no exception, we get an absolute bucket load of goodies within the package. This box is HUGE and would be absolutely horrible to ship out as freight is going to be more expensive then your normal sized box. Opening up the box, you can see through and have a look at the X800 Pro graphics card - on a store shelf, this would look excellent.
Looking at the back of the box we can see what is within the package. Unfortunately our particular sample didn't come with all the extras but as you can see for yourself, you get Counter Strike: Condition Zero, Dues Ex: Invisible War, drivers, Power Director, a free CD case, DVI connector, TV-Out adapter as well as a web cam.
As you can see for yourself the ASUS X800 Pro is packed full of extras and makes for a very attractive package. Let's have a closer look at the card.
- The Card
There is a bit of a common misconception floating around as of late. Many manufacturers choose not to modify their cards based on the Radeon X800 (and so on) from the original reference design with the exception of placing their own sticker over the cooler. This is usually to help each manufacturer bring their product to the market as quick as the next company and reduce on design costs.
The only card that we have seen that has moved away from the reference cooler is HIS who have used their own proprietary cooler. That said, we haven't actually seen one yet and finding the cards on the market are extremely hard.
One interesting thing about the ASUS X800 Pro is that it has an orange PCB instead of the trademark ATI red. ASUS has also chosen to use the 9800 XT cooler instead of the newer X800 version. The cooler from the 9800 XT is actually bigger and covers all of the front memory chips unlike the smaller X800 cooler. While this is good ASUS would have been better to include memory sinks on the rear of the card as doing only half the job isn't the most ideal situation.
The sticker on this particular card looks excellent and really stands out, even the little sticker in the middle of the fan that says ASUS looks good.
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