I like to
see good software bundles with high end videocards, it just makes it a little
easier to justify the $400-$500 they cost. The Asus V9999GE comes with
a couple cool games, including Gun Metal, Battle Engine Aquila and Deus Ex:
Invisible War. These titles should certainly keep hardcore gamers busy for
two odd weeks at least.... then it is most certainly Doom3
The V9999GE packages in Asus GameFace software, I must say
setting up a translucent video conferencing window within games is a cool way to face
down your opponents. I mean wouldn't like to see the reaction of your friend in a death match
round just as you're crossing the finish line in a race, or sneaking up
behind them with a rocket launcher?
| PCstats very own Mr. Mike volunteered to use his
setting up Asus Game Face, you'll need to load in Asus' software, and hook up
the USB webcam that ships with the videocard, but at least it doesn't require
any special drivers to function. It works well with standard nvidia reference
Asus Game Face can view and monitor
several people at any given time, or allow up to seven fellow gamers to see you
reactions. You'd better be a good player beforehand, otherwise it could be quite
Of course, to make this possible Asus
has also included a very nice USB web cam along with the V9999GE videocard! On the left
side of the webcam is a small pin hole mic, so a separate microphone is not
necessary, talk about handy! The stand is detachable, and allows the webcam to pivot up,
down and rotate side to side.
you don't have a digital camera, and want to take a snapshot of yourself for
that online dating site you've just joined, you can do that by pressing the grey button on top of the webcam. And Presto! your smiling
mug shot will be saved to the PC desktop.
we get to the fun stuff! Starting with the nVidia Geforce 6800 core clocked at
350MHz (by default), we slowly raised its frequency a few MHz at
a time. We were quite pleased to see the V9999GE crack the 400 MHz barrier,
and continued on to 430 MHz.
Speeds higher than 433MHz
and RivaTuner would scream about failed tests settings. Since there's no way around
this, we were limited to a maximum core clock speed of 433 MHz. Not bad
considering we started at 350 MHz.
As the Asus V9999GE applies
2ns Samsung BGA DRAM modules, and is already clocked at their theoretical maximum of
1 GHz, it is hard to say how much room is left for overclocking. We tried things slowly, at speeds of
3-5 MHz at a time, but all we were able to get out of it
was 1075 MHz. At the very least, the core and memory of the V9999GE worked well when overclocked together.