ASUS EN8600GTS Silent Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
With the Silent Series, Asus claims to have produced a GeForce 8600GTS that is not only passively cooled, but 41° F cooler than reference design boards. Quite the achievement, if its true. The fine folks over at Elite Bastards have put the ASUS EN8600GTS Silent through its paces.
Lets see what they had to say:
If however, you're simply looking to reduce noise to a minimum, and again desire DirectX 10 functionality, then ASUS' offering here does the job nicely. The cooler looks the part (apart from that yellow plastic section, which looks a bit cheap and cheerful to my eyes), it does a great job of actually cooling the board given some decent airflow, and that effective cooling can also lead to some pretty impressive overclocks given the nature of this SKU. Finally, you should find that the EN8600GTS Silent retails for only a few pounds more than the standard, actively cooled, EN8600 GTS part from ASUS if you shop around, making it rather good value to my mind considering its unique properties.
There must be a strong demand for silent video cards, because now Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and XFX produce passively cooled GeForce 8600GT/GTSs. The Asus version certainly has the most elaborate cooler, but it is still too early to know whether it is truly superior to its competitors.
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