It is perhaps indicative of the widespread interest generated by NVIDIA for its GeForce 7 mid-range series that in a short span of two months since its March debut, we have already looked at four GeForce 7600 GT cards and one GeForce 7600 GS, with more cards on the way. These cards have all come from different vendors and they are not just the usual re-badged reference versions; daring, overclocked ones from Leadtek and XpertVision have gone through our labs unscathed. So far, these cards have only reaffirmed our prediction that the GeForce 7600 GT will rival its predecessor in terms of popularity with both vendors and consumers alike.
Now that the powerful and overclocked editions have already made their mark in our labs by garnering positive reviews, it's time to check out the other approaches for this graphics chipset. Besides going for the gamers and enthusiasts with faster and more overclockable products, there is also a segment of the market that prefers quiet peace of mind to having a slight improvement in frame rates. A mid-range card like the GeForce 7600 GT is also likely to find favor with those with home theater PCs, where graphical prowess may be secondary concerns compared with heat and noise output. Therefore, a passively cooled GeForce 7600 GT is a logical approach for any vendor hoping to carve a niche in the crowded GeForce 7600 GT market. And that is exactly what ASUS has done for its new EN7600GT Silent.
Outfitted with a large, elaborate cooler similar to that found on the innovative ASUS EN6600GT Silencer, this GeForce 7600 GT version is passively cooled through the extensive use of aluminum radiators and heat pipes. Before we get into the nitty-gritty details of this card, here are its technical specifications: