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Asus EN6600GT Silencer Videocard Review

Asus EN6600GT Silencer Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Asus EN6600GT Silencer offers users an excellent mix of performance from its GeForce 6600GT core and silent operation thanks to its passive heatpipe cooler.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Oct 12 2005   Colin Sun  
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Advanced Benchmarks and Conclusion

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced OpenGL game to date. It takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limits. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Doom 3 - 1024x768-32bit
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 2x AA

74.2

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A QC AA

74.3

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 4x AA

47.3

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 8x AA

25.7
Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 2x AF

97.1

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 4x AF

95.6

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 8x AF

95.2

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 16x AF

95
Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 2x AA, 8x AF

73

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 4x AA, 16x AF

46.5

Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A 8x AA, 16x AF

25.2

Rounding things out, Doom 3 performance with 2x AA and 8x AF is very impressive and the Asus videocard will keep casual gamers very happy.

Quiet Computing at its best!

One negative side effect of computers getting faster over the years is that components are generating more heat. Cooling something as complex as a modern videocard can be quite a challenging. With GPU/VPU transistor count's rivaling the number in processors, it is no wonder videocards are producing more heat than ever before. Videocard manufacturers also have an added handicap due to lack of space around the videocard expansion slots.

To deal with these heat related issues, videocard manufacturers have become quite creative. There are quite a few quiet options for those looking silent computing and the Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A is probably the most impressive on the market. Not only is it completely silent, it is also pretty darn fast!

The Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A is not just a silent videocard, it also comes with a very large software bundle. The five full version games (Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising, Xpand Rally, Chaos League, Second Sight and PowerDrome) will keep gamers busy for quite some time. Throw in some video editing software and you got yourself a very well rounded videocard.

The heatpipe cooler on the EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A is not simply for show, it works quite well. The SilentCool setup is designed to take advantage of the air that is being pulled down to feed the CPU fan. Temperatures of the GeForce 6600GT core were around 60C at load, which is the same temperature what a normal actively cooled 6600GT core would operate at. Running the Asus card completely passive, the copper radiator temperature shot up to 60C while the core ran at a toasty but safe 82.7 degrees Celsius. PCSTATS would not recommend running the Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A as completely passive setup (ie. watercooled CPU and no case fans), but it is nice to know that the card will not dramatically overheat if applied to such a situation from what we can tell. Still, fans are most certainly recommend somewhere in the chassis.

With a default clock speed of 520 MHz core, 1040 MHz memory the Asus EN6600GT Silencer videocard is actually clocked higher than the stock GeForce 6600GT. That explains why the card routinely outperforms other GeForce 6600GT videocards at stock speeds. If you feel that the card is not fast enough, overclocking is definitely an option - which is quite remarkable actually. The Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A PCSTATS tested was able to hit a nice 566 MHz core and 1149 MHz memory.

The Asus EN6600GT/Silencer/HTD/256M/A has not hit the retail market just yet... but if you are looking to build a silent PC, look no further. Quiet and fast, the Asus videocard does offer the best of both worlds!

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Contents of Article: ASUS EN6600GT Silencer/HTD/256M/A
 Pg 1.  Asus EN6600GT Silencer Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  The Impressive Cooler
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the heatpipe videocard!
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 11.  — Advanced Benchmarks and Conclusion

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