Asus is one of only a handful of companies that do not provide toll-free support. (Matrox and ATI are two others.) Though the company gets a nod for providing 12 hours of technical support during weekdays--more than other companies typically offer--you'll have to pay toll charges if you run into problems and need to call.
This board has a basic assortment of ports: A DVI output allows you to connect digital flat-panel displays, and a TV-out connector provides the wherewithal to watch movies on your TV using your computer's DVD-ROM drive. However, your TV needs to be near your PC, as the included S-Video cables are a bit short.
The user manual is a scant 15 pages, printed on tissue-thin paper. It seemed more like an afterthought than a proper tool for getting the most out of your new video card. The manual covers the basic steps of installing and setting up the card, but it doesn't have a troubleshooting section or a number to call in case of problems. To get technical support, you must visit Asus's
To test image quality, a three-person panel watched demos of our test applications and observed each card's ability to render complex textures and to display colors and contrast. Like most graphics boards we tested, we saw little difference in image quality between this higher-priced board and the budget models.