The need for passively cooled speed
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 13, 2005 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cool and quiet wins out over high powered video cards once again. [H]ard|OCP examines the ASUS' Extreme N6600GT Silencer, a dead silent, GeForce 6600 GT, cooled by a large heatsink, with no fan. While it may not give you much overhead to overclock, it will certainly give good video performance, and as I may have mentioned, quiet down your system.
"Silence is golden. There are just certain situations where silence is a wonderful thing. In the
world of computers it seems that noise has been on the rise over the years. As computers have
evolved so has the need for cooling solutions to evolve. In the past, GPUs tended to not generate
enough heat to require elaborate cooling techniques. Through the course of graphics evolution,
heat and power have been on the rise thus producing more heat. Today we have video cards sporting
double slot cooling solutions with heavy heat sinks and large fans just to keep them cool enough
during operation. Frequencies are higher, transistor counts are greater, and more power is needed
to run today's cards. In the quest to reduce the noise pollution associated with video cards, ASUS
has designed a new cooling solution known as SilentCool technology."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
2005) Performance Analysis @ TweakTown
Performance Analysis (X1K Edition) @ TweakTown
GV-RX18L256V-B X1800 XL Videocard Review @ PCstats.com
Extreme Review @ Bjorn3D
TARGET="_blank">NVIDIA Product Roadmap Update @ CoolTechZone.com
SI-97 GPU Cooler Mod Guide Rev. 2.1 @ Adrian's Rojak Pot
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