ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review :: ASUS EN7800GT Silent

05-22-2006 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

The first thing that comes to mind when looking at the card is where's the fan my man? The card has no fan on the front of the card, making it an excellent fit for those wanting a video card to work in a relatively silent computer. The front of the PCB has a heat sink which covers the graphics chip and the memory chips. ASUS decided to outfit the card with a heat pipe which can be turned in a case to a position most favorable to cooling the card.


ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review Side view

Side view

ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review Logo on card

Logo on card

ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review Heat Pipe top view

Heat Pipe top view

ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review Rear of GPU

Rear of GPU

ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review Top view of card

Top view of card


ASUS equipped the card with 8 32MB 1.6ns memory chips. This memory is rated for 600MHz operation. ASUS further overclocks the memory by 20MHz over the rated speed, giving the card almost 40GB of memory bandwidth. NVIDIA's reference 7800GT has a memory bandwidth of around 32GB/second and the ASUS card has a massive clock difference of 120MHz over the reference card. The rear of the card has a PCI Express connector to give extra power for the overclock.


ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review PCI Express power

PCI Express power

ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review PCI Express

PCI Express

ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review Capacitors

Capacitors

ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review Rear of card

Rear of card


A big selling point of NVIDIA cards over the last two years has been SLI technology. Due to the positioning of the heat pipe over the top of the 7800GT Silent card, the optimal placement would make SLI a physical improbability. The heat pipe is designed to draw the heat away from the card, so two of these cards would be impossible to cool effectively in an optimal position.


ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review Front view

Front view

ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review I/O

I/O

ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review SLI Connector

SLI Connector

ASUS EN7800GT Silent Video Card Review Sticker

Sticker


Input and Output devices on the card are typical for a high-end video card today. There are two DVI-I ports and a TV-out ports on the side bracket. This allows the end-user to use two LCD monitors, a LCD+CRT monitor, or two CRT monitors with the included adapters. The card can also be attached to a television or HDTV to play computer games on the TV.