Noise, Overclocking, 2D Quality
Obviously, ASUS Extreme N6600 GT Silencer graphics card produces no noise: there is no fan and it is even impossible to mount it onboard, like, for example in the case of the PowerColor Bravo X700 (for details please see our article called PowerColor Bravo X700 Graphics Card Review: High-End Features at Affordable Price? ). However, there are some points we should note about the product.
- Even though NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT is not the hottest product on the market, being not actively cooled, the chip on the graphics card achieved 90 degrees Celsius temperature after being tested in 3DMark05 for an hour.
- Once a fan was installed so that to cool-down the large copper heatsink, temperature of the GPU dropped dramatically to very comfortable levels, which means that ASUS Extreme N6600 GT Silencer still requires a type of active cooling for best operation.
By actively cooling the copper heatsink located on top of the graphics card we have managed to overclock the Extreme N6600 GT Silencer to 580MHz for the GPU and 1200MHz for memory, which is one of the best results we have ever achieved on a GeForce 6600 GT graphics card.
The graphics card demonstrated amazing 2D quality on our Dell P1110 and Dell P1130 monitors: in all resolutions, including 1800x1440@75Hz we had no issues with the board.