ASUS EN8600GTS Silent Graphics Card ReviewMussicho - September 16, 2007
Overall, I was fairly pleased with the results of the EN8600GTS Silent. Although not an extreme card, most average users would be more than satisfied. The only real competition the EN8600GTS Silent faced during this review, was with the X1950Pro. Out of 24 runs, the EN8600GTS Silent beat the X1950 Pro 14 times while the X1950 Pro beat the EN8600GTS Silent 10 times. According to price grabber, the EN8600GTS Silent can be had for approximately $200.00 US, which won't break the bank; although, you can get the X1950 Pro for a little less.
What I liked most about the EN8600GTS Silent was the actual silence of it. At 0 decibels, I could barely hear my computer running. This alone would make for a much more enjoyable playing experience. And, the large passive cooling fins (besides being cool looking) actually work. Although, I did not utilize an infrared device, I did feel the graphics card from time to time and even though there was some heat (which is to be expected) I could actually hold my hand there without it becoming too discomforting.
What I didn't like about the EN8600GTS Silent was the swivel joint. When I was trying to turn it 90 degrees, I actually thought it was going to break as it was extremely stiff. In fact, had I not been extra careful, there is no doubt that it would have broke. If you do utilize the swivel joint technology, I would recommend turning it before installing it. The other thing that could be annoying is that the EN8600GTS Silent is a space hog. Not that that's too big of a deal, it just makes swapping out parts a little trickier. All in all, I would recommend it.
- 0 decibel noise thanks to SilentCool technology
- 3 large heatpipes for cool operation
- Resolutions up to 3840 x 2400
- HDCP compliant
- DirectX 10 support
- Low Power Consumption
- Swivel joint is very difficult to turn
- Requires a lot of space
- Requires an extra power source