After checking out the site for quite some time now, I've decided to register on these forums and seek a bit of help after failed attempts looking into ASUS' and NVidia's websites. They're rather useless when it comes to technical support...
Anyways, I just bought a EN7800GTX TOP by ASUS, and I'm having a couple serious issues with it.
1. Shader Model 3.0
Doesn't work at all. I don't know if HDR and SM3.0 are the same, but wherever I've checked off "SM3.0" my computer just crashes and reboots. I'm talking about Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and 3DMark06, in particular, where when SM3.0 is loading, the thing reboots. Anyone know why I'm having this particular problem with SM3.0? All of my latest display drivers are installed (DirectX, NVidia display, etc.), so the problem doesn't lie within there.
2. How damn slow it is
Even though Shader Model 3.0 doesn't work for me, I've run 3dMark06 on other tests. My SM2.0 score is 1940! 1940! What?!
Some things work better than others. For instance, on Counter-Strike Source I'm getting a solid 60 (maximum with VSync enabled), but in games such as Doom 3, FEAR, Rome: Total War, Call of Duty 2, Age of Empires 3, framerates can drop to 10. (Mind you, I put all of my games at 1600x1200 maxed out - and why not?)
Here are my specs:
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium
AMD Athlon64 4000+
ASUS EN7800GTX TOP
SONY CPD-E200/E200E Monitor
Windows XP SP2
I Dont Agree With U ... Asus Is Good and I Saw 7800GTX Top , It Can Easily Got Over 8500 Point in 3DMark 2005 , But For Frame Rate Dropping To 10 , I Say Its Right !!!! Hey RaiseRRoofeR You CANT PLAY ALL THE NEW GAMES in 1600x1200 WITH ONE 7800GTX !!
F.E.A.R. and Call of Duty2 Needs at Least X1900XTX Or 2x 7800GTX To Run Fine at 1600x1200 !! Dont Think Your Card Is That Powerfull To Play any Game in 1600x1200 ... You Should Get One More 7800GTX in SLI in Order To Be Able To Play all New Games in 1600x1200 ...
Thank you for your post, aolmos. I also found the problem. I had simply NVidia drivers installed, but I needed the latest ASUS Enhanced driver installed on top of it.
My 3dmark score: 4226.
Your CPU score is what made the difference with mine. I had something under 1000. That's odd though, since I thought the 4000+ should run better in single video intensive applications/games, and the double runs better with multitasking.
I had simply NVidia drivers installed, but I needed the latest ASUS Enhanced driver installed on top of it.
Wow, that is good to know! I'll double check my setup, thanks. I'm glad your problem is solved without having to spend any money or RMA.
I went back and forth for a long time between getting the 4000 and the 4400 since they are so close in price. I agree with your analysis, and would expect single threaded games to be faster on your machine.
I think it's absolutely absurd that it has come to buying $1000 worth of graphics hardware to be able to play games at high resolutions. How can the game programmers design for a level of hardware that is owned by a small percentage of the market? Makes me keep a close eye on the PS3...