Pulling our brand spankin' new GTX 280 TOP out of the box, you as usual come to the realization that the card carries with it, like all other GTX 280s, the reference cooler. Of course, ASUS have managed to splash it up a bit.
On the fan we have a sticker that has ASUS while the rest of the card has a camouflage sticker with our warrior woman that we saw on the front of the box making another appearance.
Like we just mentioned, the card of course follows the reference design which we've become so accustomed to seeing. At the back we have our two power connectors; one a 6-pin and the other an 8-pin. Towards the front of the card, hidden underneath a cover we have two SLI connectors ready to be used for people fortunate enough to have two or three of these cards.
The I/O department also gives us the typical expected lay out with two Dual-Link DVI connectors along with a single TV-Out port. We also of course have some slots to let the hot air escape from the card due to the two slot design.
Carrying the TOP label, the card is of course overclocked; the core has moved from 602MHz to 670MHz, the shader clock from 1296MHz to 1460MHz and the 1GB of GDDR3 from 2214MHz DDR to 2430MHz DDR.
This massive increase in clocks should help yield a decent performance increase, so let's not talk about the looks of the card anymore and just get stuck into the results to see how the card fairs against some of the others we've looked at.