by May 8, 2004 0 comments

This Asus graphics card is based on the Nvidia GeForce FX5900 Ultra chipset and has an AGP 8X interface. It has 256 MB video memory and supports DirectX9 and OpenGL 1.4 graphics libraries. It supports a maximum resolution of 2048X1536. Asus has also incorporated GameFace technology for interactive gaming, which provides point-to-point video conferencing along with online gaming.

We tested the card on a P4 3.0 GHz, 512 MB DDR RAM system with Win XP and nVidia Detonator v53.03 drivers.

The results show that the performance of this card was at par with the performance of the previously reviewed Leadtek WinFast A350 Ultra (page 107, October 2003) and Gainward Geforce FX 5900 Ultra cards (page 130, December 2003), which are also based on the same chipset. This could possibly be the reason for their similar performance. Comparing the Asus card with an ATI chipset based Gigabyte Radeon 9800 XT, we found that it was performing better in OpenGL tests, while it lacked in the DirectX benchmarks.

Overall, this card is a hell of a performer but is also priced on the high side. Though, at Rs 39,990 it is a bit cheaper than the Gigabyte Radeon 9800XT that was priced at Rs 41,000, at the time we reviewed it. On the other hand the Leadtek and Gigabyte cards based on the same chipset were priced in the range of Rs 20-25K. The card comes with a bundle of exciting games and utilities like the over clocking utility which when used accounted for up to 8% improvement in performance. 

Ankit Kawatra

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