ASUS announce silent passively cooled EN9600GT Page: 1
EN9600GT Silent
Noiseless 0dB Cooling with the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT

With emphasis on providing quiet computing environments to users, ASUS, producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M graphics card. This ingenious piece of hardware incorporates the latest thermal solution – the V-Cool Heatsink, which features the V-Engine concept and Intercooler technology. This exclusive innovation guarantees absolutely quiet operations, and an efficient means of heat dissipation for the most stable performances. The unique design of the V-Cool Heatsink will lower GPU temperatures by 10ºC in comparison to reference designed boards with 0dB noise generation; while the integrated SmartDoctor feature provides users with the option to overclock the Shader Clock for even better graphical performances.

10oC Cooler with Exclusive V-Cool Heatsink

The V-Cool Heatsink’s super racing car engine design stands as a testament to the unique and high-precision craftsmanship from ASUS; and combines a stylish outlook with powerful cooling performance. Phasing in the V-Engine concept, the ideally arranged 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 to enable the average temperature on the heatsink to enhance heat transfer effects, and the special material aluminum alloy used is lighter and provides excellent thermal conductivity. With such specialized features, the V-Cool Heatsink can quickly transfer heat away from the GPU and lower temperatures by a whopping 10ºC in comparison to reference design boards with 0dB noise generated.

Unprecedented Rock Solid Quality from ASUS
Keeping in line with ASUS’ Rock Solid promise for quality, the EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M comes with several solutions to provide top quality graphic performances. 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. On top of all this, the Japan made polymer capacitors can lower power loss for more stable operations. Therefore, users will be able to enjoy extreme performance and retain their peace of mind with the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M.

Specifications                                                                           Adaptor/Cable Bundled

EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M                                                    DVI-to-D-Sub adaptor
Video Memory: 512M DDR3                                                        HDTV-out cable
Engine Clock: 650 MHz                                                              Power Cable
Shader Clock: 1625MHz                                                             DVI-to-HDMI adaptor
Memory Clock: 1.8GHz (900MHz DDR3)                                     S/PDIF cable
Memory Interface: 256 bit
DVI Max. Resolution: 2560 * 1600                                            Software Bundled
Bus Standard: PCI Express 2.0                                               
DVI Output: DVI-I * 2                                                                 ASUS Utilities & Driver
HDCP compliant: YES
HDMI Output: YES, via DVI to HDMI adaptor
D-Sub Output: YES, via DVI to D-Sub adaptor
HDTV Output: YES, via HDTV Out cable
TV Output: YES, via S-Video to Composite

As would be expected ASUS recommend the use of a system chassis fan with this GFX card.  With most people having some airflow running through their case, this card has to be tempting for those who look for silence from their computer but also want all the functionality of a high end graphics card.
As yet we haven't been informed of a release date or pricing for the Silent series of GFX cards.
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