Pros: Great performance/cost ratio! I've got two of these in SLI and with my Q9450 and 4 GB DDR2 800 RAM I can throw anything thus far. Oblivion used to choke my old system with any AA turned on or settings on high.
This new system with these cards laughs at Oblivion with everything on high and asks for a real challange.
Cons: They don't help my aspirations for world domination 'cause I'm spending all my free time playing new games or old games like I haven't seen them before.
ASUS is a company which has been catering to the enthusiast computer component market for longer than most of us can remember but at the same time they have a presence in nearly every other area of the computer market as well. From laptops to monitors and from barebones units to high-performance motherboards, they have it all and from our experience, every one of their products sticks to the same ideals of quality and performance. While in the past we have reviewed mundane (a DVD drive) and innovative (their ASUS Xonar D2 sound card) gear from them, today we will be looking at a product which is aimed squarely at the high-performance gamer: the ASUS 8800GT 512MB TOP Edition with the optional Glaciator cooler.
The GeForce 8 Series has been a very popular one for gamers, but there had always been a noticeable gap between the mainstream GeForce 8600 GTS and the higher-end GeForce 8800 GTS. This got worse when ATI introduced the Radeon HD 3850 and 3870 512MB tandem, which filled in nicely, and forced NVIDIA to make a move. The transition to a 65nm process allowed the debut of the GeForce 8800 GT reference cards, and these had an immediate impact.
When looking for a video card there are several types of users. There are the people that look only at the price, the intermediate gamer that wants the high-end cards, but has to settle somewhere in the middle and finally, the all-out 'must have the latest and greatest' card on the planet, regardless of cost. While there are are some cards that fall higher on the scale than the 8800GT series of video cards, there are not really that many. This makes the 8800GT fall right into the bread-basket of the intermediate gamer, as well as the higher-end crowd. Able to play many of todays DX10 games at high settings with acceptable frame rates, the G92 8800GT is that card that everyone wants from a cost/performance perspective.