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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!

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ASUS Dark Knight ATI GPU
Model EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GEAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512MEAH4870 DK/HTDI/512M
Graphics EngineRadeon HD 4870Radeon HD 4870Radeon HD 4870
Bus StandardPCI Express 2.0PCI Express 2.0PCI Express 2.0
Video Memory1GB DDR5 1GB DDR5 1GB DDR5
Engine Clock750 MHz815 MHz750 MHz
Memory Clock3.6GHz (900MHz DDR5)3.7GHz (925MHz DDR5)3.6GHz (900MHz DDR5)
Memory Interface256-bit256-bit256-bit
DVI Max. Resolution2560 * 16002560 * 16002560 * 1600
D-Sub OutputYes 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 OutputYes x 2 (DVI-I)Yes x 2 (DVI-I)Yes x 2 (DVI-I)
HDTV Output(YPbPr)YES, via HDTV Out cableYES, via HDTV Out cableYES, via HDTV Out cable
HDCP compliantYesYesYes
HDMI OutputYes, via DVI to HDMI adaptorYes, via DVI to HDMI adaptorYes, via DVI to HDMI adaptor
Adaptor/Cable Bundled1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter 1 x HDTV-out cable 1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter 1 x HDTV-out cable 1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter 1 x HDTV-out cable 1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor
Software BundledASUS Utilities & Driver ASUS Utilities & Driver ASUS Utilities & Driver
ASUS Dark Knight Nvidia GPU
ModelEN9800GTX+ DK TOP/HTDI/512MEN9800GTX+ DK/HTDI/512M
Graphics EngineGeForce 9800GTX+GeForce 9800GTX+
Bus StandardPCI Express 2.0PCI Express 2.0
Video Memory512MB DDR3 512MB DDR3
Engine Clock775 MHz740 MHz
Shader Clock1950 MHz1836 MHz
Memory Clock2.36GHz (1.18GHz DDR3)2.2GHz (1.1GHz DDR3)
Memory Interface256-bit256-bit
DVI Max. Resolution2560 * 16002560 * 1600
D-Sub OutputYes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )
DVI OutputYes x 2 (DVI-I)Yes x 2 (DVI-I)
HDTV Output(YPbPr)YES, via HDTV Out cableYES, via HDTV Out cable
HDCP compliantYesYes
HDMI OutputYes, via DVI to HDMI adaptorYes, via DVI to HDMI adaptor
Adaptor/Cable Bundled1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter 1 x HDTV-out cable 1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor 1 x Power Cable1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter 1 x HDTV-out cable 1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor 1 x Power Cable
Software BundledASUS Utilities & DriverASUS Utilities & Driver
NoteThe card size is 4.376 inches x 10 inches The card size is 4.376 inches x 10 inches
  • 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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  • FAIL indeed... its just a naming scheme its not even like higher clocks... i mean there are already ASUS cards that are oced... what crap

    however it is asus... although they are reliable... they suck...

    figure that one out :P
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  • Who's charts are these... I'm pretty sure (maybe it's just me) that the EAH4870 DK/HTDI/512M is only supposed to have 512MB of DDR5 not 1GB as stated in the Video Memory section.
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  • IronRyan21
    All this looks like is another vid card with a different color, come on
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  • Acethechosenone
    Why is this news? Companies keep coming with custom heat sinks all the time, I am looking forward to the pricing though.
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  • malveaux
    Attempting to cash in on the `Dark Knight' hype? Not cool.

    A real enthusiast isn't going to keep even that default cooling option. This is more aimed at the same target group as the `smiling bob' commercials.
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  • megamanx00
    Fail. No Batman logo. Don't they know that Batman is the Dark Night lol. Seriously though I would have liked to see higher mem speeds on the TOP card though, especially considering the Diamond Black cards have speeds of 800/1100(4400 effective) for the core/mem.
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  • zodiacfml
    FAIL too. power consumption of these cards is worth two quad processors.
    double slot design is still the best even if not as effective compared with heatpipes. we certainly don't want to add heat inside a case.
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