Asus Extreme N7800 GTX Top

Asus Extreme N7800 GTX Top

Asus_GeForce.jpgWord on the street is that Asus pays nVidia a premium to get pick-of-the-litter GeForce 7800 GTX GPUs, with the express intent of using them to build over-the-top videocards. Whether that’s gospel truth or just marketing hype, Asus’ Extreme N7800 GTX Top is the fastest videocard we’ve ever tested.

We thought the 7800 GTX marked the end of two-slot cooling solutions, but Asus has so overclocked this board’s memory and graphics core that a stock cooler just wouldn’t do the job. We measured the core running at a whopping 486MHz and the DDR3 memory cruising along at 675MHz.

How do those specs translate into performance? How about Doom 3 at 1600x1200 resolution with 4x AA at 60.5fps—a full 7fps faster than PNY’s more conventional design, and nearly 4fps faster than the overclocked XFX GeForce 7800 we reviewed in September.

Michael Brown

Month Reviewed: November 2005

Verdict: 10

kickass=yes

URL: www.asus.com

HEAD-TO-HEAD VIDEOCARD BENCHMARKS




DOOM 3 (fps) FAR CRY (fps)
HALO (fps)


3DMARK05


3DMARK03
3DMARK03 GAME 2 (fps) 3DMARK03 GAME 4 (fps)
HQV SCORE
LEADTEK WINFAST PX6600 TDH 18.1 35.1 44.0 3,626 8,562 12.9 15.4 73
SAPPHIRE RADEON X800 GT 18.3 49.4 42.7 4,213 9,566 12.2 23.0 55
MSI NX6800 RIDDICK 24.6 46.4 42.6 3,887 9,218 15.8 22.3 73
CONNECT3D 3028 X800XL 31.0 60.2 58.6 5,092 10,921 22.3 32.2 55
XFX GEFORCE 6800GT 39.8 71.2 63.3 5,145 11,945 24.6 28.1 78
SAPPHIRE RADEON X850 XT 37.9 80.8 78.0 6,189 12,648 26.5 38.3 65
BFG GEFORCE 7800 GT OC 49.7 84.2 87.4 6,911 14,894 32.2 46.2 83
ATI RADEON X850 XT PE 40.2 87.1 80.2 6,468 13,170 28.4 41.1 65
PNY VERTO GEFORCE 7800 GTX 53.6 81.5 102.6 7,648 16,074 33.8 47.9 83
ASUS EXTREME N7800 GTX TOP 60.5 91.3
111.2
8,560 17,698 39.8 58.7 83

Best scores in each category (shaded) are bolded.

HOW WE TESTED:

TEST SYSTEM: Athlon FX-55, nForce4, SLI motherboard, 2GB DDR RAM

DOOM 3: Timedemo 1 tested at 1600x1200, High Quality, 4x AA

FAR CRY: Boat level tested at 1600x1200, all settings on High (water at Ultra High), 4x AA, 8x aniso

HALO: Timedemo script tested at 1600x1200

3DMARK03 GAME 2 AND GAME 4: Tested at 1600x1200, 4x AA, 8x aniso

3DMARK03 AND 3DMARK05: Tested using default settings

HQV SCORE: HQV Benchmark DVD

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