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ASUS AGP V-3800 TNT2 review
Posted by Julio Franco on May 7, 1999

tnt2chip.gif (15281 bytes)Powered by NVIDIA's latest chip, the RIVA TNT2, the ASUS AGP V-3800 is one of the first cards based on this chip to appear in the market and although the cards aren't in store shelves yet, its shipment should be very near by the time you read this.

Some of you might remember when the TNT1 was announced, its core as supposed to run at 125mhz but NVIDIA had some problems running at those speeds in a .35 micron fab. so when cards were released only ran at 90mhz, they still were very fast cards but not as they should.

Then some info of the TNT2 was leaked, it was going to be what the TNT1 was first supposed to be, running at 125mhz core clock but using a .25 micron heat could be decreased and higher speeds could be achieved.

A couple of months ago more details of the TNT2 were released, there are going to be three versions of cards based on the TNT2, the only difference between them is that the core clock and memory speeds are increased. It depends on manufacturers what version to use but of course, the higher clocked ones need a better cooling solution as well as better quality memory, that results in a faster but more expensive card.

Although some manufacturers have announced TNT2 cards running at 140/170mhz and 183/183mhz (core/memory), the most common combinations you'll see in final products are 125/150 (basic one), 150/175 and 175/200 ("TNT2 Ultra").

In the case of the ASUS V-3800, it comes default clocked at 125/150mhz, however I was able to clock it much higher thanks to a handy little utility ASUS included in the drivers and also because the card came with a heatsink/fan combo mounted on the chip. I included overclocked benchmarks of the card, you can take them a look in the next pages.

Also note that there are different configurations of the V-3800 card, price will vary depending on the model you choose, here they are:

MODEL

CHIP

MEMORY CAPACITY

VIDEO-IN

TV-OUT

LCD PANEL

VR CIRCUIT

VR 3D GLASSES

ENGINE CLK (DEFAULT)

MEM CLK(DEFAULT)

MSRP (May, 1999)

AGP-V3800 Deluxe

nVidia Ultra TNT2 

32MB SGRAM

Yes

Yes

No*

Yes

Standard (VR-100G)

150Mhz

183Mhz

$ 249

AGP-V3800 TVR

nVidia TNT2

32MB SGRAM

Yes

Yes

No*

Yes

Optional (VR-100G)

125Mhz

150Mhz

$199

AGP-V3800 (basic)

nVidia TNT2

32MB SGRAM

No

No

No*

No

Optional (VR-100)

125Mhz

150Mhz

$ 169

*ASUS should have models with LCD PANEL support soon, current cards do not include this feature.

Accessories
VR-100G
Only for AGP-V3800 Deluxe & AGP-V3800 TVR

VR-100
VR Circuit + 3D Glasses + 2 Cables; available for AGP-V3800 (basic) and AGP-V3400TNT series

TV-BOX
TV Tuner Box + Remote Control; available for AGP-V3800 Deluxe, AGP-V3800 TVR, and AGP-V3400TNT with TV-Out Feature

ASUS DVD Available for AGP-V3800 series and AGP-V3400TNT series


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