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ASUS EAX1600XT SILENT/TVD/256M
ATI's X1600XT series has been largely ignored by the gaming market
thanks to its sub-par performance in its price bracket. Its saving grace
is that it supports video in as well as video out, meaning that it
can operate as a TV capture card. Like AOpen's low profile card, it will probably find
its biggest market in the HTPC market, where 3D performance is not that important,
and the additional cost over a low budget card can be justified by not needing
to buy a TV capture card. From this perspective, Asus' decision to use a passive
cooler makes good sense, since the home theater market is more sensitive to
Full video in and out is supported for Composite and S-Video signals.
Unlike the AOpen card, Asus' cooler only uses a single heatsink on the rear
side of the card. Two heatpipes transfer the heat to the heatsink around the
back of the card. The heatpipes are considerably thicker than those used by
AOpen. As mentioned, there are no heatsinks for the RAM chips or the Rage Theater
chip that enables the video capture capabilities of the card.
No heatsink fins here. Just a cooling block with two heatpipes coming out.
The heatsink does not make contact with the PCB, but hangs about half a centimeter
above it, allowing air to flow freely underneath it. The fins are individual
pieces of aluminum press-fitted on to the heatpipes. The heatsink is quite light, yet does not sacrifice cooling surface area. In fact, the surface area of the Asus heatsink is probably greater than both of the AOpen heatsinks combined.
The heatsink is also elevated above the base of the card to keep incompatibilities to a minimum. It is quite tall though, so it may cause issues with large CPU coolers if the CPU socket is located too close to the expansion slots.
The rear heatsink.
Heatpipes wrap around the tail end of the card...
...and spread out so that one heatpipe runs down each side of the heatsink.
ATI Radeon X1600XT
| 256 MB DDR3
| Memory Clock
|| 1.38 GHz (690 MHz DDR3)
|| 16 Lanes PCI Express
||Standard 15-pin D-Sub
|2nd VGA Output
|| Yes, via DVI-to-VGA Adaptor
|| 9-pin VIVO dongle
DVI-to-2nd VGA adaptor
|3D Game Bundle
|| Gamepack2 & Xpand Rally
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