Asus Launches 'Dark Knight' Graphics Cards

Looking to upgrade your current video card? Looking to upgrade to something that looks cool AND has functionality for cooling? Asus has launched a few customized cards based on ATI and Nvidia GPUs that deviate from typical reference designs.

All new cards are named under Asus’ new Dark Knight (DK) name. The new Dark Knight cards come with varying specifications, but most notably the Dark Knight Fansink that will apparently deliver "extreme" cooling and "low noise levels." Other features include the EMI shield, DIP Spring Chokes, LF PAK MOS, and Japanese made Solid Capacitors.

The new Dark Knight Fansink is manufacturer from aluminum alloy, has four heatpipes and a larger surface area. From the description and available pictures at this time (see below), it looks pretty slick. Though we find it odd that Asus chose aluminum over copper. The aluminum definitely looks cool color-wise, but based on the target audience — where’s the copper?

Hopefully we’ll get our hands on some of these for a closer look soon. For now we will leave you with some eye candy to look at and the specs of the new cards to go along with them – draw your conclusions in the comments sections!

ASUS Dark Knight ATI GPU

Model

EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1G

EAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512M

EAH4870 DK/HTDI/512M

Graphics Engine

Radeon HD 4870

Radeon HD 4870

Radeon HD 4870

Bus Standard

PCI Express 2.0

PCI Express 2.0

PCI Express 2.0

Video Memory

1GB DDR5

1GB DDR5

1GB DDR5

Engine Clock

750 MHz

815 MHz

750 MHz

Memory Clock

3.6GHz (900MHz DDR5)

3.7GHz (925MHz DDR5)

3.6GHz (900MHz DDR5)

Memory Interface

256-bit

256-bit

256-bit

DVI Max. Resolution

2560 * 1600

2560 * 1600

2560 * 1600

D-Sub Output

Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )

Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )

Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )

DVI Output

Yes x 2 (DVI-I)

Yes x 2 (DVI-I)

Yes x 2 (DVI-I)

HDTV Output(YPbPr)

YES, via HDTV Out cable

YES, via HDTV Out cable

YES, via HDTV Out cable

HDCP compliant

Yes

Yes

Yes

HDMI Output

Yes, via DVI to HDMI adaptor

Yes, via DVI to HDMI adaptor

Yes, via DVI to HDMI adaptor

Adaptor/Cable Bundled

1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter
1 x HDTV-out cable
1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor

1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter
1 x HDTV-out cable
1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor

1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter
1 x HDTV-out cable
1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor

Software Bundled

ASUS Utilities & Driver

ASUS Utilities & Driver

ASUS Utilities & Driver



ASUS Dark Knight Nvidia GPU

Model

EN9800GTX+ DK TOP/HTDI/512M

EN9800GTX+ DK/HTDI/512M

Graphics Engine

GeForce 9800GTX+

GeForce 9800GTX+

Bus Standard

PCI Express 2.0

PCI Express 2.0

Video Memory

512MB DDR3

512MB DDR3

Engine Clock

775 MHz

740 MHz

Shader Clock

1950 MHz

1836 MHz

Memory Clock

2.36GHz (1.18GHz DDR3)

2.2GHz (1.1GHz DDR3)

Memory Interface

256-bit

256-bit

DVI Max. Resolution

2560 * 1600

2560 * 1600

D-Sub Output

Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )

Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )

DVI Output

Yes x 2 (DVI-I)

Yes x 2 (DVI-I)

HDTV Output(YPbPr)

YES, via HDTV Out cable

YES, via HDTV Out cable

HDCP compliant

Yes

Yes

HDMI Output

Yes, via DVI to HDMI adaptor

Yes, via DVI to HDMI adaptor

Adaptor/Cable Bundled

1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter
1 x HDTV-out cable
1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor
1 x Power Cable

1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter
1 x HDTV-out cable
1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor
1 x Power Cable

Software Bundled

ASUS Utilities & Driver

ASUS Utilities & Driver

Note

The card size is 4.376 inches x 10 inches

The card size is 4.376 inches x 10 inches

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  • LAN_deRf_HA
    FAIL. I can live with the air not getting pumped out the back, but I can't live without a shroud. Cards need to look tight and have full enclosures if we're going to be paying this much for them. Many enthusiast that would be interested in these cards also have side windows and care about aesthetics. To have such an oversight on the most enthusiast oriented cards Asus offers is just unintelligible.
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  • horendus
    Despite what mr negative up there has said the cards look pretty sweet.

    Although im more into the cheap brand cards made good with 3rd party coolers lol
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  • JonnyDough
    I'm wondering where the hell the cool Batman decals are.
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