Asus EN9600GT Silent Edition Graphics Card

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Asus EN9600GT Silent Edition Graphics Card

April 14, 2008 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Asus EN9600GT Silent/HTDI/512M
PCI-E Video Card
Manufacturer
ASUSTeK
Suggested Retail
US$179

Video cards are one of the toughest components to cool in a PC. Its location within the ATX form factor case, the limited amount of space around it, and the lack of tertiary cooling makes heat dissipation challenging. To complicate matters, graphics processing units have become extremely complex, and many have more raw computing power than CPUs. nVidia's latest, the Geforce 9800 series, has more than a billion transistors. But over the past year or so, efficiency has been improving at an even faster rate. Power draw often now decreases with a new generation GPU — ATI's HD 3800 series graphics cards are a good example. With lower power demands, cooling is becoming easier and lower speed fans can be employed. Long gone are the days when you would have to put up with a blow dryer in their system to get the best in gaming performance — some now deaf users remember the the Geforce FX 5800 well.

Asus has not been shy to experiment with video card coolers; they are one of the few companies who routinely push the reference cooler aside. Currently, they seem to have developed a fondness for radial coolers such as the one found on the EN8600GT OC Gear. They also offer a large variety of passively cooled cards. Asus' latest card, the EN9600GT Silent edition, is their most powerful, fanless graphics card to date. With the same clock speeds as the reference Geforce 9600GT, there's no compromise in exchange for the absence of noise. The 9600GT GPU supports DirectX 10, Shader Model 4.0, and the PCI-Express 2.0 standard, and touts twice as many stream processors and increased clock speeds across the board compared to its predecessor, the 8600GTS.


The EN9600GT Silent comes in a ridiculously ginormous box.



More than half of the packaging is for accessories, none of which require the extra space. The box could easily have been half the size. We hope Asus isn't overcompensating for something.


Asus EN9600GT Silent: Specifications (from the product press release)
Model Model EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M
Graphics Engine GeForce 9600GT
Video Memory 512M DDR3
Engine Clock
650 MHz
Shader Clock 1625MHz
Memory Clock 1.8GHz (900MHz DDR3)
Memory Interface
256 bit
DVI Max. Resolution 2560 * 1600
Bus Standard PCI Express 2.0
DVI Output DVI-I * 2
HDCP compliant YES
HDMI Output YES, via DVI to HDMI adaptor**
D-Sub Output YES, via DVI to D-Sub adaptor
HDTV Output YES, via HDTV Out cable
TV Output YES, via S-Video to Composite
Adaptor/Cable Bundled DVI-to-D-Sub adaptor
HDTV-out cable
Power Cable
DVI-to-HDMI adaptor
S/PDIF cable
Software Bundled ASUS Utilities & Driver
Notes **To enable HDMI audio out function, a motherboard with internal S/PDIF header and the correct connection of S/PDIF cable with graphics card and motherboard are needed.
• System Fan in chassis is recommended for using the SILENT graphics card
• For the best heat dissipating results, please place the PC in a location with good ventilation
• Specifications, PCB color and bundled software versions are subject to change without notice
• Brand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies



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