AOpen Aeolus 7800 GTX review
AOpen has decided to go for the minimal approach to its bundle, keeping the price down for those who don’t want frills. This means there’s no video-editing package, and the solitary game included is the reasonably entertaining Second Sight.
The GPU is overclocked from 430 to 450MHz, which helped it to 48fps in Far Cry at 1,600 x 1,200. Doom 3 proved a choking point for every card – with all details set to high, 8xS anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering turned on, 1,600 x 1,200 saw some jerky playback and an average of 25.9fps. Half-Life 2 at the same resolution produced 40fps.
The fact that the card is overclocked shouldn’t affect your buying decision – the Aeolus is only 2.4fps faster in Far Cry at 1,600 x 1,200 than the default-clocked Gigabyte, and 3.6fps faster in the 1,280 x 1,024 Half-Life 2 test.
The AOpen offers TV output thanks to the breakout cable, which can connect to composite, component and S-Video, but it’s the only card on test without video-capture options. While most gamers won’t mind this, it is a limitation when compared to other cards this month. A VIVO version will be available shortly.
At £310, the Aeolus is reasonably priced, and if it weren’t for some tough competition it would fare better. However, when compared with the Leadtek, which costs the same but comes with the excellent Splinter Cell, or the Gainward, which has TV-in but is £3 cheaper, it’s clear there are better-value propositions available.