We've just learned that ASUS has added another card to its SilentCool range of video cards
The first addition was the EN6600 GT - a silent video card designed for someone looking for silent, but respectable gaming performance on a tight budget. We've seen quite a few silent GeForce 6600's and GeForce 6800 GT's, so that didn't really set the world on fire. However, the EN7800 GT TOP Silent looks to be a very impressive card - it's the first passively cooled GeForce 7800 GT we've seen.
The card comes clocked above the reference design too, with a core clock of 420MHz and an impressive 1240MHz memory clock, thanks to ASUS deciding to use 1.6ns memory on the EN7800 GT TOP Silent.
Most board partners
have opted for a 1050MHz memory clock
on their fastest GeForce 7800 GT solutions and it comes as quite a surprise to see ASUS push the memory clock boat out as far as they have. Of course, GeForce 7800 GTX, GeForce 7800 GTX 512 and Radeon X1800XT offer higher memory clocks than the ASUS EN7800 TOP Silent, but this is the highest we've seen on a GeForce 7800 GT.
You should be able to buy this card from Ebuyer today, but it's not listed just yet
. ASUS says it will retail for around £335 inc VAT - that's about the same price as a GeForce 7800 GTX. GeForce 7800 GTXs cooling solution is quieter than the 7800 GT cooler
, but it's not quite silent. Obviously, you'll require reasonable case cooling if you're looking to buy this video card, so you're not going to get total silence
with this card installed. It will bring it a step closer, though.
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