Close Up: ASUS EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M
The ASUS EN8800GTX comes with a GeForce 8800GTX GPU (G80) at its core and doesn't deviate from NVIDIA's reference design. This PCI Express X16 based graphics card comes clocked at 576MHz and is backed by a hefty 768MB of GDDR3 memory. With the memory clocked at 1.8GHz (900MHz DDR), over its 384-Bit memory interface, the EN8800GTX can deliver an impressive 86.4GB per second of bandwidth.
The power requirements of the EN8800GTX may be demanding for some, with a minimum of a 450W PSU being recommended that can deliver 30A to two 12V rails. With a peak draw of 185W, the EN8800GTX can consume as much power as a basic desktop PC, so a solid power source is key. If using the adapters included in the package, four Molex connectors are needed, which may pose an inconvenience to some with lesser PSUs.
The PCB of the EN8800GTX is very long, measuring over 10" in length. This also can be a problem for those with a mid-ATX case as even larger cases can be a challenge with a card of this size. Case in point (no pun intended), when installing the EN8800GTX into larger tower such as the Thermaltake Tai Chi, installation of hard drives in the lower cage became an issue and all cabling needed to be removed in order to safely install the card without damaging it or surrounding components. It's not a huge issue, but extra consideration needs to be made before simply dropping the card into a system and firing it up.
The EN8800GTX comes with two dual-link DVI connectors and also support for both TV and HD outputs as well. Another item of question, which we covered in our GeForce 8800GTX and GTS launch, was the card's two SLI connectors. At this stage of the game, either connector will work while the second is reserved for potential future technology where NVIDIA may implement enhancements that require a second bridge connection. We also recommend reviewing our launch article for full coverage of the GeForce 8800 series architecture, technology breakdown and vital statistics.