ASUS EN8600GTS Silent Graphics Card ReviewMussicho - September 16, 2007
As with any graphics card installation, no special tools are required. Depending on your case, the only tool you may need is a Phillips screw driver. If your case utilizes tool-less technology, then obviously you won't need any tools. For me personally, I always secure my add ons with screws, as this ensures a solid connection. The first thing you will want to do is unplug your computer from your surge protector or duplex wall plug. After that, pull off the case side, disconnect the external power cord (if it has one) from the old graphics card, and pull it out of its slot. Next you will want to find the PCI-E slot and open an extra expansion slot below the PCI-E, since the graphics card is quite thick. Next, plug the ASUS EN8600GTS Silent into the vacant PCI-E slot and carefully snap it into place and secure it in. Now, this is where you will want to turn the cooling fins 90 degrees up so that it sits above the CPU fan (only if you want to). It is quite firm to turn so be sure to hold the card tightly while you carefully turn it upwards. Before you put your case side back on, don't forget to plug the power connector (usually labeled PCI-E) into the graphics card. Lastly, connect your monitor to the DVI outlet at the back of your case.
So now that we have the ASUS EN8600GTS Silent firmly in place, it's time to install the software.
Installing the drivers is easy. Turn your computer on and place the VGA Driver CD that came with the graphics card into the CD-ROM drive. After a few seconds, the main menu appears and simply follow the on-screen instructions.
Click on "VGA drivers" and the next screen you will see is the InstallShield Wizard screen - click "next." Then select typical installation and click "next." Don't worry about the next screen you see. What it's saying is that Windows XP is not sure if it is compatible with the operating system (it is). Click "Continue Anyway".
Alright, the next screen you will see is the DirectX screen asking you if you would like to install DirectX 9.0c. If you already have it, select "I don't accept accept the agreement." If you choose to accept the agreement and click "Next," another window pops up. Select "Next" again and DirectX 9.0c will install. Finally, you will be prompted to restart your computer - do so and click "Finish".
Once your computer restarts, go into "My Computer" and double-click NVIDIA Control Panel and select the standard option and click "OK." The next screen you will see is NVIDIA advising you of your monitor's recommended resolution. In this case, click "Yes" for now and the resolution adjusts. You can later go back in and change your resolution to your liking. NVIDIA will then display another screen of choices where you can adjust the settings. Close this screen. Again, you can go into this at a later time and play with the settings.
You will then see the main screen again. You can install the ASUS Utilities, which are not required, but if you want them, click "next". The next screen prompts you to select either the complete installation or a custom one. If you are not sure which to select, I recommend the complete installation. The next screen will be the Windows XP compatibility screen; click "Continue Anyway." Finally, restart your computer so that the installation can complete itself.
When your computer finishes restarting, the ASUS Game Face application starts. Unless you do online gaming, just turn this feature off. However, if you do game online, take sometime and explore what this utility lets you do. Essentially, this program permits ASUS graphics card users to see their opponents when gaming online, so long as they are utilizing the Game Face feature as well.
Last but not least, go to ASUS's website and grab the latest video drivers for the EN8600GTS Silent. Finding it is simple. Look up EN8600 GTS Silent and you will see an option at the product review called "Download." This is where you will find the latest drivers and once you've downloaded them, install them. This is pretty straight forward.
Alright, so now that we have the ASUS EN8600GTS Silent installed, let's take a look at its specifications and features.