No doubt, as the end of the month approaches, there will certainly be some attractive deals to be had. Whether you are looking for a decent desktop graphics card, motherboard or gaming console, the extremely competitive holiday shopping season bodes well for consumers. Since our focus today is on affordable graphics cards, one item on our radar that seems to be an interesting mid-range solution is the the Asus EN9800GT Matrix GeForce 9800GT.
The Asus EN9800GT Matrix GeForce 9800GT is an excellent candidate for those looking for solid desktop graphics without an excessive price tag. For a reasonable price point of around $150, the Asus EN9800GT Matrix GeForce 9800GT aims to deliver a wealth of features and strong performance, without taking a huge bite out of your holiday budget. In the pages ahead, we'll run this card through its paces with the latest games on the market to see how it stacks up to its peers. Then, we'll evaluate its position in the overall graphics market to see just how well this model ranks in overall value.
|Graphics Engine: NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT
Bus Standard: PCI Express 2.0
Video Memory: DDR3 512MB
Engine Clock: 612 MHz
Shader Clock: 1.512 GHz
Memory Clock: 1.8 GHz ( 900 MHz DDR3 )
Memory Interface: 256-bit
CRT Max Resolution: 2048 x 1536
DVI Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600
D-Sub Output: Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )
|DVI Output: Yes x 1 (DVI-I)|
HDMI Output: Yes x 1
HDTV Output (YPbPr): Yes
HDCP Support: Yes
TV Output: Yes (YPbPr to S-Video and Composite)
1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
1 x HDTV-out cable
1 x Power cable
1 x S/PDIF cable
Software Bundled: ASUS Utilities & Driver
Note: The card size is 4.376 inches x 9 inches
On the software front, ASUS includes their typical ASUS Utilities and Driver CD which includes all necessary hardware drivers as well as some ASUS freebie software titles including GamerOSD for XP/Vista, Video Security Online and Asus iTracker.