Asus EAH3850 Trinity


To say that ASUS were protective of the card is an underestimate! While physical touching of the card was allowed under close supervision, when we reached for our screwdrivers to get right down into the guts of the card, our hands were promptly slapped! Never less, we did still manage to get a few quick snaps of the card up-close....
ASUS Trinity Top-Down Asus Trinity GPU's
Asus Trinity Top GPU Asus Trinity Top GPU Side
Asus have utilized two methods of cooling for each of the three daughterboard on the Trinity. The GPU is cooled by two heatpipes, while the memory modules are passively cooled by an L-shaped aluminium heatsink.
Asus Trinity Back Cooling Asus Trinity Bottom Rear Heatpipes
Each of the heatpipes from the three GPU's connect to a large waterblock at the back of the card. The water simply flows through the block, taking away the heat from the copper plate mounted to the block. While the solutions may not be very attractive, it certainly does a reasonable job at keeping the card cool... apart from when the flexible black rubber tubes get kinked!
Asus Trinity - Thermaltake Cooling Asus Trinity - Thermaltake Cooling
The pump, reservoir, radiator and 120mm fan are all contained within a separate unit that occupies two 5.25" bays. However, due to its length we had a hard time fitting it in anything much smaller than a full-tower case.
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Most Recent Comments

27-04-2008, 14:22:26

Amazing Review Jimage!

Not a bad card either.. isn't coming to shops though is it?Quote

27-04-2008, 14:31:26


Keep seeing all these new dual/triple GPU graphics cards, but not heard much more about the micro stuttering issue that was posted in feb.

Before buying any SLI/Crossfire or dual/triple GPU I'd be interested to know if this issue exists. I am guessing it does and manufacturers are hoping the issue will not become common knowledge?

Video proof: Micro stuttering may destroy the performance gains from current multi GPU technologiesQuote

27-04-2008, 16:57:55

Great review Jim.

Thermaltake liquid cooling solution *ahem*

Lol - my thoughts exactly, what were asus thinking.:stickpokeQuote

27-04-2008, 22:04:56

Awesome review Jim, looks like a pretty ridiculous bit of kit but good fun nonetheless Quote

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