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Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent 2DHTV/256M Videocard Review

Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent 2DHTV/256M Videocard Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: This Geforce 7800GT comes completely silent right out of the box. The nVidia Geforce 7800GT graphics engine runs at 420MHz, and the GDDR3 memory follow suit with a clock speed of 1.24GHz (620MHz DDR3).
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Just yesterday I was speaking with a colleague about some graphics cards on the test bench in the PCSTATS labs, and specifically about how large, loud, and bulky the cooling packages were. As I tried to describe these bulky contraptions with a combination of animated sounds and hand gestures, it struck me that most people really don't think of videocards as a major source of heat in the computer. But if you think about the number of transistors in a modern-day GPU, it becomes quite apparent that cutting edge videocard GPUs are often more complex than the computer processor!

Considering the lack of real estate around a PCI Express or AGP 8x videocard, adequately cooling the graphics processor will always be a challenge. It's a question of space, and considering the slight amount of space to play with, some pretty inventive VGA heatsinks have been developed. The trend 'du jour' is to use a VGA heatsink that occupies two expansion slots worth of space; that extra 20mm space goes an amazingly long way. Equipping a videocard with dual slot cooling solution can reduce GPU temperatures, or the noise produced by the GPU fan, however the newest generation videocards are already starting to push that envelope...

Large fans, or simply faster spinning ones help boost cooling capacity, with a catch. Adding a bigger fan is a simple solution, and the downside is the noise those nice large fan blades stir up. While one could argue whether gamers would notice when fragging away at 300fps with 7.1 channel speakers fully raging... quieting down the videocard for every other waking minute the computer is on is certainly going to get noticed.

ASUS has caught on to all of this, so instead of shipping its Geforce 7800GT videocard with a noisy VGA heatsink and putting consumers in a position where they'll spend another $50 on a silent after market heatsink, this Geforce 7800GT comes completely silent right out of the box. The new ASUS EN7800GT Top Silent 2DHTV/256M costs a bit more than the stock ASUS EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A, but with its 'SilentCool' heatsink it's well worth it.

Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M


Includes:

Quick Setup Guide, Leather CD Wallet, Driver CD, PowerDirector CD, Medi@ Show CD, Manual CD, King Kong CD, Project Snowblind CD, three game bonus pack, VIVO/Component Out Break Out Box, DVI to Analog Converter

Behind the mass of metal is an nVidia GeForce 7800GT GPU and 256MB of 1.6ns GDDR3 memory - the Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M is guaranteed to be fast with a package like that. The nVidia Geforce 7800GT graphics engine runs at 420MHz, and the GDDR3 memory follow suit with a clock speed of 1.24GHz (620MHz DDR3).

Utilizing a standard PCI Express x16 slot, the max resolution supported by this GPU is 2048x1536 pixels. The EN7800GT Top Silent supports the usual GeForce 7800GT stuff like dual DVI output, VIVO capabilities, component output (Y, Pb, Pr) and a decent software package is bundled in. Care of its innovative 'SilentCool' VGA heatsink, it's technically a dead silent videocard too.

The Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent/2DHTV/256M is fully SLI capable, so if you can run two of these silent assassins together. The only other question to bare in mind is what kind of power supply will you need to run a single EN7800GT Top? Well, let's dig down through the features and see...

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Contents of Article: ASUS EN7800GT TOP Silent 2DHTV/256M
 Pg 1.  — Asus EN7800GT TOP Silent 2DHTV/256M Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Component Output Comes Standard
 Pg 3.  A SilentCool VGA Heatsink that Works
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Geforce 7800GT Silent Wonder
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SplinterCell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion
 Pg 13.  Advanced Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 14.  Conclusions: Super Silent Asus EN7800GT Top Silent

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