Asus EN9600GT Silent, “Noiseless Gaming” - HotHardware
Asus EN9600GT Silent, “Noiseless Gaming”

Asus EN9600GT Silent, “Noiseless Gaming”

With the 0dB ASUS EN9600GT SILENT, “Noiseless Gaming” Never Sounded So Good

- With ASUS’ New V-Cool Heatsink, the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT series boasts GPUs that run 10ºC cooler -

FREMONT, CA (April 15, 2008) – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M graphics card. Incorporating our latest thermal solution – the V-Cool Heatsink, which features the V-Engine concept and Intercooler technology, the EN9600GT SILENT is the perfect solution for users who want a quiet system that doesn’t compromise performance. This exclusive innovation guarantees an absolutely quiet operating environment, and an efficient means of heat dissipation, resulting in extraordinarily stable performance. The unique design of the V-Cool Heatsink will lower GPU temperatures by 10ºC in comparison to reference designed boards; while the integrated SmartDoctor feature provides users with the option to overclock the Shader Clock for even better graphical performance.

10ºC Cooler with Exclusive V-Cool Heatsink
The V-Cool Heatsink’s design stands as a testament to ASUS’ commitment to both form and function. Sporting the unique V-Engine concept, the V-fins dissipate heat evenly with a minimum of space required; while the high-density zipper array fin module utilizes the Intercooler technology to maximize the surface area exposed to the air to help heat dissipation. Additionally, three powerful heatpipes are arranged in such a way to maximize heat transfer, and the special material aluminum alloy used is lighter and provides excellent thermal conductivity. Thanks to these unique features, the V-Cool Heatsink can quickly transfer heat away from the GPU and lower temperatures by an incredible 10ºC in comparison to reference design boards with 0dB noise generated.

Overclock the Shader Clock with New SmartDoctor
ASUS garners a world’s first by providing an overclocking utility that is able to tweak the Shader Clock on GPUs with the new SmartDoctor. With this handy application, users will be able to overclock the Shader Clock and Engine Clock independently, resulting in astonishing performance boosts without the hassles of rebooting or re-flashing their BIOS.

Rock Solid Quality from ASUS
Keeping in line with ASUS’ Rock Solid quality standards, the EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M comes with several solutions to provide optimum graphical performance. With the EMI shield, 66% EMI Interference can be reduced for more stable signals; while the DIP Spring Chokes can lower temperatures by 5~10oC in comparison with traditional Toroidal Coil Chokes. Additionally, the LF PAK MOS guarantees more efficient power with less heat generation.

Official “HDMI Certified” Graphic Cards
The HDMI format is defined, specified and governed by HDMI Licensing, LLC in the USA. Being "HDMI Certified" refers to any product that meets all of the strict criteria as set out by HDMI Licensing; and utilizing any HDMI product that is not approved may result in poor performance, and can even void the warranty on users’ other HDMI enabled hardware. Therefore, the “HDMI Certified” ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M is a trusted graphics card for home theater enthusiasts.

The ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M graphics card is currently available through ASUS North American dealers. The introductory MSRP is $179 USD.

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Kinda scary to me -- pretty powerful card with passive cooling seems to be not any efficient way to get the best performance from it; not to mention you obviously need to have some pretty good case flow.

Cool idea though for those "SUPER QUIET PC" guys

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Well, the 9600 GT doesn't run particularly hot, which makes it a good candidate for passive cooling. This dual-slot behemoth of a cooler, should hold up to the small, single-slot design on reference 9600 GTs, as long as its in a case with decent circulation.

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Quiet is good, but as long as the fan isn't running above 60% you can rarely hear most cards anyway, 9600GT probably not excluded.  I never saw the point for completely silent cards, unless you absolutely demand silence.

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BigWop:
the 9600 GT doesn't run particularly hot, which makes it a good candidate for passive cooling

I think they should push the "passive cooling" on some of the higher end cards, where the standard cooling solutions can make you worry about temperatures (i.e. 8800GTX).

It looks like a good product (assuming it functions as advertised) and perhaps a good solid step towards more efficient and abundant passive cooling systems.

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willardcw4:
I think they should push the "passive cooling" on some of the higher end cards, where the standard cooling solutions can make you worry about temperatures (i.e. 8800GTX).
 

There would be no way you could implement a cooler that would passively be able to dissapate the heat coming off of the 8800GTX.......unless you have a super-heat pipe cooler with about 500 cooling fins at around 12" long 

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ice91785:
There would be no way you could implement a cooler that would passively be able to dissapate the heat coming off of the 8800GTX

I was actually talking to a guy in my department who has a phd in heat transfer and thermo... he was saying that there are some heat exchanging systems that are passive that can be used to cool anything with an area smaller than 2ft^2 up to about 200F(not sure about the size... but it can't be bigger than the thing its cooling based on the applications he was talking about)... however, the metals and system are ridiculously expensive and are not yet developed for commerical use...

Never say never! Technology progresses very fast and I believe that within 5 years, you will be seeing a new wave of cooling processes.

 

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willardcw4:

ice91785:
There would be no way you could implement a cooler that would passively be able to dissapate the heat coming off of the 8800GTX

I was actually talking to a guy in my department who has a phd in heat transfer and thermo... he was saying that there are some heat exchanging systems that are passive that can be used to cool anything with an area smaller than 2ft^2 up to about 200F(not sure about the size... but it can't be bigger than the thing its cooling based on the applications he was talking about)... however, the metals and system are ridiculously expensive and are not yet developed for commerical use...

Never say never! Technology progresses very fast and I believe that within 5 years, you will be seeing a new wave of cooling processes.

 

 

 

That is really cool. I didn't know that. Can't wait to see heatsinks start getting smaller so I don't have to worry about them tearing my motherboard into pieces. 

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 I would buy that card for how kickass it looks and then zip tie a 120mm fan to it immediately. 

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Zip tie?  That work?  I don't think you'd need it, and it would defeat the purpose.  But it does look pretty schweet. 

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I think it looks pretty sweet...silent cards kick ass!

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