overview ASUS Extreme AX1300PRO/TD

The X1300 Pro uses a short PCB typical of low-end cards. The PCB is, not surprisingly,
colored ATI-red.

overview angle ASUS Extreme AX1300PRO/TD

Despite being a low-end card, however, this card sports a relatively well-done copper heatsink. Previous generations’ low-end cards, like the X300, often sported only passive heatsinks. The fan is located at the far end of the card, positioned to blow through the two blocks of fins that protrude from the copper base of the heatsink. While the two blocks of fins are quite small, they should be more than sufficient for a low-end card like this one. The heatsink is also covered by a nice-looking shroud that serves to directs air past the fins.

 


rear overview ASUS Extreme AX1300PRO/TD

Turning the card over, we find that the heatsink is secured by four screws and a plastic backplate. Having four mounting points as opposed to two allows for more stable mounting, and also prevents the core from being damaged due to a tilting heatsink.
The capacitors have been mainly clustered in one area, with a few others lining the edges of the PCB.

 

heatsink closeup1 ASUS Extreme AX1300PRO/TD

The capacitors have been mainly clustered in one area, with a few others lining the edges of the PCB.

 


heatsink overview ASUS Extreme AX1300PRO/TD

Removing the heatsink and inverting it, we see that besides cooling the core, the heatsink also comes into contact with the memory chips using thermal pads. While thermal pads do not provide the best heat transfer, the memory chips do not even generate enough heat to warrant any cooling in the first place.