Asus EN9800GT Matrix GeForce 9800GT

The EN9800GT Matrix 9800GT Up Close

Essentially a revamed 8800 GT, the Asus EN9800GT Matrix GeForce 9800GT is built around the the 55nm G92 GPU.   The engine is clocked at 612MHz, 12MHz over reference specifications, while the Shader Clock runs at 1.512GHz.  Unlike the slightly overclocked GPU, the unit's 512MB of GDDR3 comes clocked at 1.8GHz (900MHz DDR), following reference specifications. 


Measuring 9 inches long and 4.376 inches high, the SLI capable card is equipped with one DVI port supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 while analog (requires adapter) has a maximum resolution of 2560x1536.  The Asus EN9800GT Matrix GeForce 9800GT forgoes a second DVI port in lieu of an HDMI port for connecting to an HDTV or any other HDMI capable display.  There is also a TV-Out port that supports YPbPR, S-Video and Composite output. 


As for its cooling, ASUS designed a custom solution that performs much better then the stock reference design.  Asus claims this hybrid Matrix cooler is very quiet, and we couldn't agree more.  During 2D usage, there was virtually no sound and when playing 3D games, the noise output was still very low, even when overclocking.  The active cooling management available through ASUS' Advanced Dynamic GPU load detection also helps ensure proper thermal management, while improving overall power consumption.


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