Thanks to some clever and simplistic
naming scheme, ASUS doesn’t add to the confusion to an
already complex scheme used by chip makers, as is the
case of the Extreme AX800XT which has been named similarly
to the chip used on the card. The card doesn’t show us
anything new in terms of external features, we find DVI and
TV outputs, as well as a large HSF unit covering most of the
PCB, including the memory modules.
On the back of the card we can see more
memory modules using no heat dissipation, not the most
recommendable setup for overclocking, though it keeps the
card fit for one-slot operation. No other chip stands out in
this part of the card, you may notice the space reserved for
VIVO chip which is not present in this version of the card.
Pros: Good performance.
Cons: No VIVO feature, slightly noisy,
Out of the box, this card resembles the
previous one. Similar looking box, same software bundle,
and even the card itself looks almost the same. Box contents
include the card, a multi-language installation manual, two
DVI to VGA adapters and the cables necessary to use the
Video In/Out features. The software bundle includes Joint
Operation, Power Director3, ASUS DVD XP, Media Show, and the
drivers, of course. As you will see on the pictures below,
the card looks almost the same to the XT with the exception
of the VIVO chip.
The memory modules are covered on the
front by the HSF which is very similar to the one used by
ATI. On the back we can see four more modules, which
correspond to half of the 256MB DDR3 (980MHz Samsung) used
in this card. As mentioned before, we can see the Rage
Theater chip implemented on this card.
Pros: Good performance, no need
of external power, VIVO.
Cons: Slightly noisy.