sitting there at the desk. Ya you, I'm talking to you! I hear you've
been thinking about upgrading your computer's videocard, but
keep putting it off in hopes that nVIDIA will refresh its
mainstream lineup. Well guess what, that time is now; there's no reason to
wait any longer for mainstream graphics goodness. The nVidia GeForce 7600GT GPU is a very worthy successor to the GeForce
6600GT, and a cost effective solution for anyone shopping with a realistic
Even though the clock speed of the nVIDIA GeForce 7600GT
is only slightly faster than the GeForce 6600GT, adding those additional four
pixel pipelines (12 in total) has greatly increased the 7600GT's rendering
Coupled with some super fast memory and it's no wonder
the Asus EN7600GT Silent videocard has been able to rival the high end GeForce 7800GT in many benchmark game titles!
On the whole the Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A is a
very well rounded PCI Express x16 videocard. It boasts good 3D performance
and multimedia output options (Y, Pb, Pr) in a completely silent
package, employs a novel cooling solution, doesn't require extra power
adaptors, and overclocks smoothly.
The Asus EN7600GT Silent videocard can be used in a
whole host of situations where silent operation is of paramount importance, but
of course this kind of innovation costs slightly more than the average
GeForce 7600GT would. At $250 CDN ($221US, £120GBP) the Asus EN7600GT Silent is
priced within the range of most gamers and it's great to see that GeForce 7600GT
card can be had for less than what GeForce 6600GT videocards first retailed
As you've seen with the benchmarks, Asus has
a very quick mainstream videocard on its hands. Each time a GeForce 7600GT
has passed through the PCSTATS test labs it has never failed to impress.
High bandwidth tests, such as Shader Model 3.0 in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory,
Soft Shadows in FEAR and AA in general illustrate that memory bandwidth is
the Asus EN7600GT Silent/2DHT/256M/A's Achilles heel.
That's not to say it's slow, but it's clear
that the eye candy comes at a stiff penalty to frame rates, putting it
for the most part out of reach of the Asus EN7600GT Silent unfortunately.
Even with a passive heatsink the Asus EN7600GT
Silent/2DHT/256M/A's flair for overclocking was excellent. The Geforce 7600GT core and
Samsung GDDR3 memory could run overclocked together at 635 MHz and 1596 MHz
respectively. Overclocking did boost framerates with high performance features
enabled, something you might want to keep in mind if you want the absolute
highest quality eye candy at high resolutions.
If you're itching to upgrade the Asus EN7600GT
Silent/2DHT/256M/A is definitely a sweet videocard; it's fast, it's silent and
an excellent value. We haven't seen value like this in a long time and the
GeForce 7600GT certainly has a bright future...
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