ASUS GeForce EN7900GS TOP/2DHT/256M
ASUS takes the standard GeForce 7900 GS to the next level with their EN7900GS TOP/2DHT/256M graphics card.
The card is based entirely on NVIDIA’s reference board design for the GeForce 7900 GS, ASUS makes no changes there even using the same stock heatsink/fan unit developed by NVIDIA. What separates the TOP Edition from your typical GeForce 7900 GS card is its clock speeds: ASUS overclocks the board’s graphics core and memory from the factory with the GPU running at 590MHz and memory at 720MHz (1.44GHz effective).
That’s 140MHz faster than the stock GeForce 7900 GS on the graphics core, and 60MHz higher than stock on the memory. ASUS claims the board delivers up to 20% more performance than your typical GeForce 7900 GS card in benchmarks like 3DMark 06.
Since the card is physically an exact replica of NVIDIA’s reference board, the card’s feature set is relatively standard fare, with two dual-link DVI connectors, but the card doesn’t offer HDCP support. The card does offer HDTV and TV-out however.
The card comes bundled with a copy of Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter as well as two DVI adapters, CD wallet, a power adapter, and S-Video and a component video cable for hooking the card up to an HDTV. ASUS also bundles their card with a few fairly unique software programs: ASUS Video Security Online, GameFace Messenger, GameLive Show, Game Replay, and OnScreenDisplay. These programs can be used to instant message and videoconference with fellow gamers in-game, record and/or stream the gameplay action as you play, and to monitor your PC while you’re away from home.
Besides the EN7900GS TOP/2DHT/256M, ASUS produces one additional GeForce 7900 GS SKU, the ASUS EN7900GS/2DHT/256M.
Physically the EN7900GS/2DHT/256M looks just like the TOP card, they’re both based entirely on NVIDIA’s reference design, with the exception being that the EN7900GS/2DHT/256M isn’t overclocked out-of-the-box, with the card running at the stock GeForce 7900 GS speeds of 450MHz core/660MHz memory. It also doesn’t have quite the game bundle as the TOP card, in fact the card ships with no games at all, but it still supports ASUS features like Video Security Online and GameLive Show and Game Replay.
The EN7900GS/2DHT/256M sells for about $20 less than the TOP Edition card at most online retailers.