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ASUS EN7800GT TOP Silent - GeForce 7800GT

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Silent computing and overclocking are two topics that tend to be mutually exclusive.  Typically, when you overclock something, like a graphics card for example, it needs more cooling, which in turn means higher fan speeds and more noise. Luckily though, there are some companies that disregard these notions and give us both lower noise and increased performance.

The company in the spotlight today for doing just that is ASUS.  The product getting the attention is the EN7800GT TOP Silent, which is based on the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT GPU.  As you can guess by the name, this is a totally silent card thanks to innovative passive cooling.  And contrary to what you may think, it's also factory overclocked. Even though the 7800 GT has been out for quite some time now, we were still excited about checking out this unique variant of the popular card. The potential for greatness is there; read on to find out if this card delivers.

EN7800GT TOP Silent Specifications
Silent But Deadly?!
GPU Clock: 420MHz
Memory Clock: 1.24GHz (effective; 1.6ns DDR3)


NVIDIA CineFX 4.0 Shading Architecture
_Vertex Shaders
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_Support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Vertex Shader 3.0
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_Displacement mapping
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_Geometry instancing
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_Infinite length vertex programs


_Pixel Shaders
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_Support for DirectX 9.0 Pixel Shader 3.0
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_Full pixel branching support
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_Support for Multiple Render Targets (MRTs)
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_Infinite length pixel programs


_Next-Generation Texture Engine
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_Accelerated texture access
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_Up to 16 textures per rendering pass
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_Support for 16-bit floating point format and 32-bit floating point format
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_Support for non-power of two textures
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_Support for sRGB texture format for gamma textures
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_DirectX and S3TC texture compression


_Full 128-bit studio-quality floating point precision through the entire rendering pipeline with native hardware support for 32bpp, 64bpp, and 128bpp rendering modes


API Support
• Complete DirectX support, including the latest version of Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0
_Full OpenGL support, including OpenGL 2.0


64-Bit Texture Filtering and Blending
_Full floating point support throughout entire pipeline
_Floating point filtering improves the quality of images in motion
_Floating point texturing drives new levels of clarity and image detail
_Floating point frame buffer blending gives detail to special effects like motion blur and explosions


NVIDIA Intellisample 4.0 Technology
_Advanced 16x anisotropic filtering (with up to 128 Taps)
_Blistering- fast antialiasing and compression performance
_Gamma-adjusted rotated-grid antialiasing removes jagged edges for incredible image quality
_Transparent multisampling and transparent supersampling modes boost antialiasing quality to new levels
_Support for normal map compression
_Support for advanced lossless compression algorithms for color, texture, and z-data at even higher resolutions and frame rates
_Fast z-clear


NVIDIA UltraShadow II Technology
_Designed to enhance the performance of shadow-intensive games


NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) 3.0 Technology
_DVC color controls
_DVC image sharpening controls


NVIDIA SLI Technology
_Patented hardware and software technology allows two GPUs to run in parallel to scale performance
_Scales performance on over 60 top PC games and applications
NVIDIA PureVideo Technology
_Adaptable programmable video processor
_High-definition MPEG-2 and WMV9 hardware acceleration
_Spatial-temporal de-interlacing
_Inverse 2:2 and 3:2 pull-down (Inverse Telecine)
_4-tap horizontal, 5-tap vertical scaling
_Overlay color temperature correction
_Microsoft Video Mixing Renderer (VMR) supports multiple video windows with full video quality and features in each window
_Integrated HDTV output


Composited Desktop Hardware Engine
_Video post-processing
_Real-time desktop compositing
_Accelerated antialiased text rendering
_Pixel shader-driven special effects and animation

Advanced Display Functionality
_Dual integrated 400MHz RAMDACs for display resolutions up to and including 2048x1536 at 85Hz
_Dual DVO ports for interfacing to external TMDS transmitters and external TV encoders
_Full NVIDIA nView multi-display technology capability


Advanced Engineering
_Designed for PCI Express x16
_Designed for high-speed GDDR3 memory


Operating Systems
_Windows XP/XP 64/ME/2000
_Linux
_Macintosh OS X


ASUS Unique Features
_ASUS Splendid Video Enhancing Technology
_ASUS GameFace Messenger
_ASUS GameLiveShow
_ASUS GameReplay
_ASUS Video Security™ Online
_ASUS OnScreenDisplay (OSD)


Software/Game Bundle

_ASUS DVD
_CyberLink MediaShow SE
_CyberLink PowerDirector
_Driver CD
_King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
_Savage
_BillyBlade
_Second Sight
_Mashed
_Chaos League
_PowerDrome

Accessories Bundle
_Multi-language manual / install guide
_Speed Setup install guide
_DVI-to-VGA adapter
_VIVO cable
_PCI Express power cable
_CD wallet

    

ASUS has been really generous with its high-end card bundles lately, and this one is no exception. When we opened the box, we were happily surprised by the amount of goodies inside. The EN7800GT TOP Silent comes with a user manual, quick install guide, VIVO cable, PCI Express power cable and DVI-to-VGA adapter. An S-video cable and second DVI-to-VGA adapter, however, are unfortunately absent.

The exciting aspect of this bundle is the software. In addition to ASUS DVD, CyberLink MediaShow and CyberLink PowerDirector, the package also includes seven games, including the relatively popular and successful Peter Jackson's King Kong. The two bundled "Bonus GAMEPACKs" include the following games: Savage, BillyBlade, Second Sight, Mashed, Chaos League and PowerDrome. Some of those aren't very well known, but ASUS has definitely included something for everyone.

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