Introduction, Specifications and Bundle
A few weeks ago, NVIDIA unleashed the relatively affordable 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS on the world. On launch day, we took a look at a pre-overclocked 320MB card from XFX and ended up giving it an Editor's Choice award due to its feature set, performance, and overall value. Today, we're going to shine the spotlight on another retail-ready 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS card, but this one comes by way of Asus.
Unlike XFX's card, the Asus EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M is not pre-overclocked from the factory. It does ship with a decent accessory bundle, however, that includes a couple of full version games. Asus also throws in a handful of proprietary applications and utilities in an attempt to further add value to their product. Read on to see if they succeeded, or if your hard earned cash is better spent elsewhere...
Asus bundles their EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M cards with a nice assortment of accessories and software. Included in the box along with the card itself, were an HD component output dongle, a dual-Molex to 6-Pin PCI Express power adapter, a user's manual, a leather Asus-embossed CD case, and a quintet of CDs. One disc contained the obligatory drivers, another a digital user's manual and some proprietary utilities (Splendid, Video Security, Game Liveshow, Game Replay, Game Face Messenger, and Game OSD). The remaining three discs were comprised of full versions of 3DMark06, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, and RACE the Official WTCC game.
Overall, this was a fairly good accessory bundle in our opinion. The included software and games certainly add to the value of the product. Asus did go a little light on the cables, however. Noticeably absent were any S-Video or component cables or a DVI to VGA adapter. Although, we should note that a DVI to VGA adapter is listed in the specifications; there just wasn't one in the box we received for evaluation.