Asus EN8600GT OC GEAR graphics card

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October 30, 2007 by Lawrence Lee

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When it comes to graphics cards, Asus is one of the few manufacturers who doesn't follow the mold. Not only do they produce both ATI and nVidia based cards, they seldom utilize the reference cooler — in fact they even offer a wide variety of passively-cooled cards. The product we're reviewing today isn't passively-cooled, but it does have the potential to be quiet. The EN8600GT OC GEAR is a graphics card with a large, radial aluminum heatsink and an interesting feature we've never seen before: The "first hardware based real-time overclocking device for graphics cards overclocking and fan speed controller."

The model on the box seems to be an archer of some kind. It's fitting seeing as the box is large enough to hold an entire quiver of arrows.

The box contents: Graphics card, OC Gear controller, drivers and software, instructions and manuals, DVI adapter and component out cable. In an act of seemingly random generosity, Asus also throws in a CD wallet.

The OC Gear unit connects via internal USB header.

Asus EN8600GT OC GEAR/HTDP/256M: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Graphics Engine GeForce 8600GT
Video Memory 256MB DDR3
Engine Clock 540MHz
Memory Clock
1.4GHz (700MHz DDR3)
Memory Interface 128-bit
CRT Max Resolution 2048x1536
Bus Standard PCI Express X16
VGA Output YES, via DVI to VGA Adapter
HDTV Output (YPbPr) YES, via HDTV Out cable
TV Output YES, via S-Video to Composite
DVI Output DVI-I
Dual DVI Output YES
Adapter/Cable Bundled DVI to VGA adapter
HDTV-out cable
Software Bundled ASUS Utilities & Driver

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