Friday, October 10th 2008

ASUS Introduces Dark Knight series Graphics Cards

In order to cater to users who require excellent graphical performance boosts and exceptional cooling from their graphic cards, ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced a range of self-designed version graphics cards comprising the latest EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series. These ASUS designed graphics cards will come equipped with the Dark Knight Fansink that delivers extreme cooling and low noise-levels—greatly enhancing gaming enjoyment. The inclusion of the EMI Shield, DIP Spring Chokes, LF PAK MOS, and Japan-made Solid Capacitors will allow users extreme performance and peace of mind at the same time; and furthermore, users will enjoy up to 9% performance improvements for gaming experiences with the ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP and EN9800GTX+ DK TOP.


Extreme Cooling with Dark Knight Fansink
The ASUS designed EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series come equipped with the specially designed Dark Knight Fansink. This innovative fansink is equipped with 4 heatpipes and a large heatsink surface area; and is made of aluminum alloy to deliver extreme cooling while retaining operating levels at only 32dB—almost imperceptible in a quiet room—catering to users who require maximum cooling without excessive fan rotation noise.

Enjoy Exceptional Gaming Fun with 109% Performance
With the EAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512M, gamers can expect GPU and memory clock performance boosts from 750MHz up to 815MHz and from 3.6GHz up to 3.7GHz respectively. This generates an astounding 3DMark Vantage Extreme Preset score of 3733 to provide an astonishing 9% improvement in terms of GPU performance for the EAH4870 DK TOP when compared to any other reference designed board**. While with the EN9800GTX+ DK TOP/HTDI/512M, gamers can expect GPU, shader, and memory clock performance boosts from 740MHz up to 775MHz, from 1836MHz up to 1950MHz, and from 2.2GHz up to 2.36GHz respectively. Such unprecedented performance upgrades help elevate the EN9800GTX+ DK TOP’s 3DMark High Preset score from 4573 to 4848—an astounding 6% improvement in terms of speed when compared to any other reference designed board**. Gamers can now truly feel the adrenaline rush of superb gaming performance—only with the ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP and EN9800GTX+ DK TOP.

Unprecedented 1GB Onboard Memory for Ultimate Graphics
Memory size is very important for performance, as even a powerful GPU can suffer from bottlenecks due to slow and insufficient video memory. The more memory installed on a video card, the more data it can store—eliminating the need to access PC RAM and providing faster graphical performance. With most current and upcoming games requiring increasingly high video memory requirements, the ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1G, with its unprecedented 1GB of built-in memory, will provide greatly enhanced performances, and allow users to fully enjoy games or movies without lag or stuttering even at very high resolutions and maximum quality settings.

Ultimate Armaments
Keeping in line with ASUS’ Rock Solid promise for quality, the upcoming version of the EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series will come with several solutions to provide top quality graphic performances. With the EMI shield, 66% EMI Interference can be reduced for more stable signals. The DIP Spring Chokes can also lower temperatures by 5–10°C in comparison with traditional Toroidal Coil Chokes. Additionally, the LF PAK MOS guarantees more efficient power and less heat. On top of all this, the Japan-made Solid Capacitors can lower power loss for more stable operations even under long-term use. Therefore, users will be able to enjoy extreme performance and have peace of mind—only with ASUS EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series.

Note:
* Testing Platform
CPU: P4 3.0G
M/B: P5B Deluxe
RAM: 1.0G
O.S.: Windows XP
Test Program: 3D Mark ’03 (repeat GT4/Mother Nature)
**Performance Configuration
PCI-Express 16X :
MB: MaximusExtreme Rev:2.00 BIOS:0802
CPU : Intel Core(tm)2 Extreme 3.00GHz (QX9650)
Memory : 2048MB( DDR3 APACER 1333 1024M*2)
HDD : WD SATAII 300 1600AAJS
DVD-ROM : LG DVD-GSA-H55N
Overclocking capabilities may vary when using different cards

Source: ASUS
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14 Comments on ASUS Introduces Dark Knight series Graphics Cards

#1
panchoman
Sold my stars!
i wish that you'd've used a better title, it sounds like you're sorta advertising asus.
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alexp999
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by: panchoman
i wish that you'd've used a better title, it sounds like you're sorta advertising asus.
Its a Press Release ;)
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#3
VIPER
"Luxurious Components" means gold, platinum or something similar? :laugh: Very bad choice of words, even for a taiwanese press release...
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alexp999
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by: VIPER
"Luxurious Components" means gold, platinum or something similar? :laugh: Very bad choice of words, even for a taiwanese press release...
I think they mean this:
EMI Shield, DIP Spring Chokes, LF PAK MOS, and Japan-made Solid Capacitors
They are custom made PCB's as opposed to reference ones.

Any thoughts on the actual products themselves people? :p
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by: alexp999


Any thoughts on the actual porducts themselves people? :p
Downright ugly to look at, but nice features.

These cards surely won't be occupying my slots
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VIPER
Yes, my thoughts were exactly for those "luxurious products" that other companies also use, or something similar. Wait and see... But "luxurious" is a word that makes me go away of the product itself... Sorry for OT...
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#7
robplumm
Custom made PCBs...but still not black. Weird.
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alexp999
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by: robplumm
Custom made PCBs...but still not black. Weird.
They made the 9800 Blue. But I agree, using black PCB's would have really finished off the Dark Knight theme
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#9
Pinchy
Always liked ASUS's cards innovations, just not their prices :)
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#10
happita
Preach preach!!!! Tell it to em Pinchy, if they would have a more appealing bundle or just flatout make custom pcb performance cards for a reasonable enough price vs asus's current price premium, everything would be dandy!
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#11
KBD
I think the relevant question is how these cards will perform in comparison to both reference and non-reference cards in the same category equipped with aftermarket coolers. If they perform the same or better then folks wont have to spend money on aftermarket HSFs. Too bad that few reviews actually do these comparisons.
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#12
Laurijan
Seems to my the Asus design team hasnt seen any batman movie.. do they really think the dark knight wears red and blue? Maybe they are color-blind.
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#13
Hayder_Master
only the good 9xxx card's from nvidia is the 9800 gtx+
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#14
mmaakk
Forget about the name. The board looks cool and ASUS won my respect after buying a 9800GT Ultimate - Fantastic card and price!
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