Graphics Cards

Diamond Radeon HD4850

Graphics Cards
The Diamond Radeon HD 4850 uses a cooling solution that looks virtually identical to the reference design, which is widely used by many card makers. This suggests that the acoustic, power and thermal performance of the Diamond, which we examine in detail, applies to many models featuring the HD 4850, already considered the best bang-for-the-money video card available today.

Asus EN3650 Silent Graphics Card

Graphics Cards
Asus is extending the use of its passive V-Cool heatsink down to a video card with a price tag that appeals to the masses, based around an ATI Radeon 3650 GPU. We know it won't be as fast as the 3800 series, but will it do high def video, idle at lower power, and stay cool in a low airflow system?

Asus EN9600GT Silent Edition Graphics Card

Graphics Cards
Asus has a large, growing stable of fanlessly cooled graphics cards. Their latest sports a sports car engine design theme on a GF 9600GT GPU platform. We take it out for a test drive.

ATI HD3850 & HD3870: Improved Acoustics & Power Efficiency

Graphics Cards
The Radeon HD3850 and HD3870 graphics cards finally put ATI in a competitive position against nVidia offerings in the all-important midrange market. They're also said to offer much improved power efficiency. We explore just how much, and the all important (for us) related issue of noise.

Updated VGA Card/Cooler Test Platform

Cooling | Graphics Cards | Reference|Recommended
The PC system used as our test platform for VGA cards and coolers was recently overhauled. The improved hardware and test procedures have made for a quieter, cooler system that should give us more consistent test results with a bit more ease.

Asus EN8600GT Silent/HTDP/512M Graphics Card

Graphics Cards
A fanless, silent version of the Asus 8600GT graphics card turned up in our lab recently. This is identical electronically to another Asus card we reviewed recently, except it has 512mb of RAM. Is the passive cooling solution good enough for a hot, low airflow, silent system?

Asus EN8600GT OC GEAR graphics card

Graphics Cards
Asus is one of the few manufacturers who doesn't follow the mold with graphics cards. Not only do they produce both ATI and nVidia based cards, they seldom utilize the reference cooler; 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."

Fanless PCIe Graphics Cards from Asus and Aopen

Graphics Cards
A review of two more fanless video cards: The Asus Radeon EAX1600XT Silent/TVD/256M and the low profile AOpen Aeolus PCX6600-DV128LP. Both employ heatpipes to expand the cooling surface area onto the trace side of the video card for improved cooling. Are they suitable for dedicated silencers who want more than budget vidcard performance?

Gigabyte GV-N66256DP Fanless Graphics Card

Graphics Cards
Not many manufacturers offer a good performance AGP card with fanless cooling. The upgrade market still consists mostly of AGP-based systems, and the GeForce 6600 represents close to the high water mark for AGP performance. This is why Gigabyte's fanless GeForce 6600 is still worth a close look with our new graphics card testing methodology.
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