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ASUS 7800 GTX "T.O.P." in SLI and Factory Overclocked - Final Thoughts

We've reviewed many ASUS graphics cards in previous years but we always wondered why they cost more than other brands. Sure, they always included a healthy package but does that alone really justify spending extra? Today we take a close look at two of ASUS's new GeForce 7800 GTX "T.O.P" cards in SLI which come factory overclocked with fancy and effective coolers. Read on find out why we think ASUS finally hit the nail on the head for a true premium (kick ass) high-end graphics card!

By: | NVIDIA SLI Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 8, 2005 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: ASUS

Final Thoughts


There you have it, two of the fastest air cooled nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX's on the market with a full warranty included in the deal. We have a really snazzy looking, great performing card and an excellent bundle with the only gripe most people will find being the premium that is paid for an ASUS product. While in the past the premium wasn't giving much more then an extra game and a big box, now it's real good to see that we are getting more for our extra dollars spent this time around.


According to our Price Comparison website, the T.O.P version of the card will cost you around $75 US more than regular 7800 GTX from ASUS. Zipzoomfly are selling the T.O.P version for $569.99 US while Newegg are selling the regular version for $495 US. So, you end up paying a little more but not too much more.


The Arctic Cooling Silencer cooler is one of the best aftermarket graphics card coolers around thanks to the great overclocking potential it offers with a drop in noise levels. ASUS have really made full use of the cooler giving us some insane stock speeds out of the box which do result in some decent performance increases.


We did have some issues overclocking our samples cards from ASUS further than they already and we aren't sure why but we've seen other reviews online where testers were able to overclock further. With this said though, it isn't really much of an issue as the speeds we get at stock are simply amazing with the memory speed really exceeding itself.


When installing the cards onto a DFI nForce 4 SLI board we found that the gap between the two PCI-E slots did make it quite difficult to have the cards running in SLI. We physically had to bend them together and place the bridge on it which is something you really don't want to be doing, at all. While this would be a problem if the A8N SLI Premium was a bad board, it isn't and is quickly entering the hearts of many enthusiasts thanks to the fanless design, removal of the SLI selector and a lot of the little bugs being removed that were found in the A8N-SLI.


Overall the ASUS 7800 GTX T.O.P cards offer some kick-ass performance out of the box and we congratulate ASUS for stepping out of the square and trying something new. If you're on the market for a new high-end graphics cards, you can't really look much further than what we have here today.


- Pricing Details


Asus Extreme N7800GTX TOP


- Pros


Great cooling (performance and low level of noise)


Overclocked out-of-the-box


Brilliant performance and looks


Excellent bundle to keep you entertained


Bend-proof design




- Cons


ASUS premium price


Might be a tight fit in SLI on some motherboards - check before buying


The ASUS 7800GTX is for people who aren't shy to spend more money then they should for the purpose of owning some of the most kick ass graphics cards around and is not for people who open their wallet and see butterflies come out of it.


Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editors Choice Award



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