ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review :: ASUS EAX1600XT Silent

05-05-2006 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

The EAX 1600XT is a small card and similar in appearance to ATI's reference X1600XT card, besides the cooling. The first thing that it reminded me of when I opened the box was an ATI TNT card. The length of the card I about an inch longer than the PCI Express X16 slot, meaning it'll fit in any case including the mini-PCs like a Shuttle XPC or other small form factor computers.


ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review Card front

Card front

ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review Heat pipe

Heat pipe

ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review PCI Express

PCI Express

ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review Cooling block

Cooling block


ASUS decided to cool the card with a block and two passive heat pipes leading to the fin-like heat sink on the rear of the card. The block is small, fitting over the X1600XT video chip, and the heat sink covers around 1/2 the rear of the card. I didn't have any issues installing the card on a ECS 945G or an ASUS A8N32-MVP Deluxe, but the ASUS A8N-SLI Premium board forced me to use the second PCI Express X16 slot due to the positioning of the water-cooling unit we use for video card testing in relation to the back grill.


ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review Rage Theater chip

Rage Theater chip

ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review Heat pipe Grill

Heat pipe Grill

ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review Grill

Grill

ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review memory chips

memory chips


ASUS decided to outfit the card with an ATI Rage Theater chip for the VIVO functions on the card. The Rage Theater is still a viable chip, even though it was ATI's first chip for multimedia. The front of the card has four Infineon HYB18H512321AF-14 FVVQ2127 memory modules rated for 700MHz. This provides 256MB of GDDR-3 memory. The memory bandwidth on the card is 22.8GB/second.


ASUS EAX1600XT Silent Video Card Review I/O

I/O


ASUS decided to outfit the card with a single DVI-I and a D-Sub port for the monitors. Most modern video cards have two DVI-I ports, especially in the mid-range and high-end so this is a curious choice. Also present on the card is a Video Out Port for the VIVO adapter. One other thing to note on the EAX X1600XT Silent card is the lack of extraneous power connector compared to the high-end cards.