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Asus EN7600GT Silent /2DHT/256M/A Geforce 7600GT Videocard Review

Asus EN7600GT Silent /2DHT/256M/A Geforce 7600GT Videocard Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: Looking at this PCI Express videocard, we see that the Asus EN7600GT Silent features two dual link DVI output connectors, Component output (y, Pb, Pr), the SLI bridge connector, and the all important SilentCool thermal solution.
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Much of nVIDIA's success with videocard GPUs is due to the company's nForce market penetration, the symbiotic relationship between the two has allowed new technologies into the fold which further leverage nVIDIA core strength - graphics.

The GeForce 7600GT GPU takes over from where the GeForce 6600GT left off, continuing the tradition of feature packed, economical, mainstream videocards for the masses that play like little mini performance cards. In other words, you can save a few hundred bucks by buying a couple GeForce 7600GTs to run in SLI for performance on par with a GeForce 7800GTX.

Asus has embraced the nVIDIA GeForce 7600GT GPU and released a videocard which is not only ideally suited towards the occasional gamer and even hardcore gamer on a budget, but also doubles up the value by offering 100% silent operation which makes it ideal for home theatre PC's or just anyone who wants a quiet computer. The TV output and HDTV output capabilities of the Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A work hand in hand with its 256MB GDDR3 memory and its 560 MHz GPU to provide a strong feature set for anyone walking down the multimedia path.

Looking at this PCI Express videocard, we see that the Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A features two dual link DVI output connectors, a socket for Component output (y, Pb, Pr), the SLI bridge connector, and the all important SilentCool thermal solution. In typical Asus fashion, the EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A videocard comes bundled with all the necessary cables and DVI/Analog adapters you'll need too. Not bad for a videocard with a retail price of $250 CDN ($221US, £120GBP), and you get a couple game titles too!

Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A Videocard


Includes:

Quick Installation Guide, Driver CD, Manual CD, Xpand Rally CD, King Kong CD, Leather CD Wallet, Component Output Cable, 2x DVI to analog converters

Like most modern PCI Express videocards, the Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A's Geforce 7600GT core is built on the 90 nanometer manufacturing process. The GeForce 7600GT generates a moderate amount of heat, but rather than slap on a big thermal solution that sounds like a vacuum cleaner Asus have opted for a large dual heat pipe heatsink which uses system airflow and is completely silent - the company call it SilentCool. We'll talk a little more about the heatsink in just a bit, but first let's take a look at that nVidia GeForce 7600GT GPU.

As mentioned, the GeForce 7600GT core is built on TSMC's 90 nanometer manufacturing process and the die has an area of 125mm's square. The pixel rendering pipeline in the 7600GT has been increased to 12, up from 8 on the 6600GT. The Vertex rendering pipeline has also been increased from 4 to 5. The core clock speed jumps to 560 MHz but it's the memory which greatly increases in speed and runs at 1400 MHz! The memory controller width stays the same at 128 bits.

Judging by the specs, the GeForce 7600GT should significantly outperform the older GeForce 6600GT and even possibly GeForce 6800 series videocards as well!

The GeForce 7600GT is SLI capable so you can potentially double up and get GeForce 7900GTX style performance while saving a couple of hundred dollars! Since many late model videocards can be power hogs, you'll be happy to know that if you're using an older power supply you shouldn't have any problems with the Asus EN7600GT Silent videocard, it does not require any extra power.

Now let's have a look at this 100% silent VGA heatsink....

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Contents of Article: ASUS EN7600GT Silent /2DHT/256M/A
 Pg 1.  — Asus EN7600GT Silent /2DHT/256M/A Geforce 7600GT Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Silent Heatpipe Asus Cooling Solution
 Pg 3.  Silent Overclocking Action
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: 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: Dawn of the Quiet Videocard?

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