Asus EN8600GTS Videocard

Introduction

If you don’t have the money to buy the latest videocard then you might want to consider going for something else that costs less but still can perform good. We got a sample from Asus in the mail and inside the box we found a Asus EN8600GTS card, this is a middle class card that you can catch at 200$ on the market these days. We will compare it vs a 8800GTS and vs an older ATI card to really see what type of performance we can get out of this card.

About Asus:

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Features:

Hot game bundled: STALKER – Shadow of Chernobyl
Built for Microsoft� Windows Vista�
HDCP Compliant:
Allow playback of HD DVD, Blu-Ray Disc and other protected content at full HD resolutions

ASUS Splendid:
Watching movies on PC is as good as on Top-of-the-line consumer television (under winXP/2000)

ASUS Video Security Online:
Keep an eye on your home at all times no matter where you are

ASUS Game LiveShow:
Stream live gaming action onto the internet and share with other gaming enthusiast

ASUS Game Replay:
Recording gaming action and strategy into MPEG4 files to share with other gaming enthusiast

ASUS Game FaceMessenger:
Easy IM and live game conference in any PC games (under winXP/2000)

ASUS Gamer OSD:
Chat and overclocking during games

Specifications:

NVIDIA� GeForce 8600GTS
Built for Microsoft� Windows Vista�
NVIDIA SLI� Technology ready
NVIDIA� unified architecture with GigaThread� technology
Full support for Microsoft DirectX10 and Shader Model 4.0 enables stunning and complex special effects
OpenGL�2.0 support
NVIDIA� Quantum Effects� Technology
True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
Two dual-link DVI outputs support two 3840 x 2400 at 30Hz resolution displays

The product:

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The product comes packed in a nice standard Asus box with the color scheme of black and green. On the front there is a picture of a woman like on all videocard packages, don’t know what it has to do with a videocard but anyways :). Asus also wants people to see that on this card they got a new cooler which is supposed to be up to 10C cooler than refence boards, this remains to be seen in the end of the test though. On the back fo the box you can read about the cards features and specifications.

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With every product you get some accessories of course and with this card you get a couple of driver cd�s, manual, cd wallet, and an adapter from S-video to RGB. The CD/DVD wallet is a nice accessory so you can save your driver cd�s and software without losing them.

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In case you don’t have a DVI screen there is an adapter included for normal VGA also. The card itself is quite small compared to the biggest 8800 cards. The heatsink/fan combo covers up most of the card. It almost looks like the fan would have leds on it but this is not the case. The heatsink is quite well made with the fins spaced apart perfectly away from each other to get in the right amount of air so it can transfer the heat from the heatsink.

Remember to connect the PCI-E power cable, otherwise the card will not work as intended. I lack a molex to PCI-E adapter with this setup as alot of people still use older power supplies and don’t have a PCI-E power connector.

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