ASUS EN8600GTS Silent Graphics Card ReviewMussicho - September 16, 2007
Category: Video Cards
: GF City Computers
Price: 200.00 US
Today, I'll be reviewing a "high end" entry level graphics card - the ASUS EN8600GTS Silent 256MB DDR3 graphics card, which features SilentCool Technology. What is this you ask? Well, according to ASUS, "this technology allows for a fan-less, noiseless, cooling solution for high performance graphics cards," which results in a quieter computer since the graphics card operates at 0 decibels. ASUS also incorporates another patented technology called the swivel joint. Essentially, this unique feature allows the user to swivel the cooling fins 90 degrees so that it is situated over top the CPU fan, which takes away heat from the graphics card and allows for cooler operation.
So, just who is ASUS anyway? ASUS is a popular and well-known technology-based company that has been around for many years. ASUS produces many consumer products, including, but not limited to, graphics cards. So, without any further ado, let's get this show on the road.
For me personally, when I am about to purchase anything of value, packaging is always my least consideration. I have to admit, the cooler the packaging looks, the more I am likely to at least give it a look. However, it is always my practice that I will spend some time researching an item before I dole out any money for it. My father always said, "never judge a book by it's cover" and in my humble opinion, if you purchase anything because the box looks cool, you are likely to be disappointed more times than not. But for those who enjoy the artwork of packaging, the ASUS EN8600GTS Silent box has average looks at best.
As you can see, the box is mainly black and green with a warrior princess on the front. With the exception of a glimpse of the graphics card on the front, the consumer doesn't really get a good idea of what the graphics card actually looks like. The back of the box is standard, as it sets out all the features that one can expect. Lastly, the cover slides off to reveal a white box inside.
When the contents box is opened, everything you need is there, including a media holder for your software. The ASUS EN8600GTS is well protected. It comes wrapped with the standard anti-static wrap that is placed in foam padding to protect it from external damage.
The graphics card is neat looking. As you can see, the card has large cooling fins. As stated earlier, the ASUS EN8600GTS Silent employs patented SilentCool Technology, which means there is no fan or heatsink on this model; making for a very quiet computer.
Furthermore, as you can see in this photo, the cooling fins swivel 90 degrees. When installed in the motherboard, it will sit over top the CPU fan. This position allows for better heat removal away from the graphics card. However, that being said, the cooling fins are not required to be turned, as the graphics card will still function if the fins are left in their original position.
The ASUS EN8600GTS Silent utilizes a PCI Express slot and has two DVI outputs and one S-video connection. Because of the thickness, you will have to open the expansion slot next to the PCI-E slot to accommodate the graphics card, which contains an air vent. The ASUS EN8600GTS Silent also requires a minimum 400W external power source.
Now you should have a pretty good feel as to what the ASUS EN8600GTS Silent looks like, so let's install it.