ASUS EAH3850 TOP Graphics Card

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Closer Look: EAH3850 TOP

 

Closer Look: EAH3850 TOP
TOP notch or not so TOP notch?

The ASUS EAH3850 TOP only differs from the ATI reference design in one way: there is a CoH: Opposing Fronts decal on top of the cooler. Everything else appears to be the same as the card we showed you in the launch article. The cooler is comprised of red plastic, including a small red fan, and copper heatsink. Interestingly, ASUS chose to put light blue caps on all of the connectors, to protect them from damage during shipping.

 

      



Since it is based on the ATI reference design, the EAH3850 TOP is a single-slot card, which is a good thing. You can see in the middle picture below that the back of the card is rather simple. You can see the metal bracket and screws that hold the cooler in place. Another thing worth noting on this card is the two CrossFireX connectors. Want to frag with three or four cards instead of just two? These connectors will let you do just that, although the drivers for 3- and 4-way CrossFire configurations aren't ready just yet.

 

          



No tour of a card would be complete without a look at the output connectors. The EAH3850 TOP sports two dual-link DVI connectors and an HDTV out connector. When we flip the card around 180 degrees, we find that it also has a 6-pin PCI Express power connector.
 


     


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