The Asus GeForce EN8800 GT is modest in size, partly because it’s built using a 65nm manufacturing process. You’ll need an extra power connector, but it has the advantage of not taking up most of the room in your PC’s case.

This lack of bulk may imply that the Asus GeForce EN8800 GT’s specifications are inferior to those of the Radeon 3870 XT. Indeed, the core and memory clocks are modest, while the 256bit memory bus is no better than the Radeon’s. All of which amounts to an unimpressive memory bandwidth figure of 57.6GBps – a far cry from the 3870’s 72GBps.

But the Asus GeForce EN8800 GT makes a mockery of its specification list’s apparent inferiority – its technology is a significant improvement on that of the Radeon.

It can’t match the immense speed of the GeForce 8800 GTX, of course, but in most of our tests the Asus GeForce EN8800 GT was hot on the GTX’s heels.

And the Asus GeForce EN8800 GT is made for scaleable link interface (SLI). As a number of recent power PCs demonstrate, running two SLI GT cards together will produce considerably more performance than you’d get from a single GTX. Of course, it would cost about £60 more, so you’d expect a performance boost.

Asus GeForce EN8800: Specs

  • 512MB GDDR3 RAM
  • core clock 600MHz
  • memory clock 900MHz
  • 112 stream processors
  • PCI-E
  • Direct X 10.x
  • 512MB GDDR3 RAM
  • core clock 600MHz
  • memory clock 900MHz
  • 112 stream processors
  • PCI-E
  • Direct X 10.x

OUR VERDICT

But that’s the charm of the Asus GeForce EN8800 GT. Reasonably affordable, but packed with acres of speed on both DirectX 9.0 and 10.0, the Asus GeForce EN8800 GT is a versatile card you can enjoy right now. And, when the price falls in a year or two, you can buy a second Asus GeForce EN8800 GT and unlock yet more performance. The only problem is that this card is possibly a little too good. Why’s that a problem? Well, GTs may be difficult to find.

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