The 7600GT Shoot-Out
First, we shall take a look at what ASUS has to offer.
The ASUS EN7600GT comes in a simple box and goes for a retail price of around USD$ 225 (SGD$ 370).
Upon opening the box, we discover that the EN7600GT is based on
the reference design. The fan has an ASUS label, but other than that, it looks
every single bit like nVidia’s own.
If you were to look at the card from the back, we don’t think
one would be able to distinguish it from a nVidia sample, minus the stickers
stuck on by ASUS themselves.
Upon powering up, the fan produces an audible whirr for a few
seconds before the RPM drops. The fan noise is kept to a minimum level, until
you fire up the Coolbits overclocking utility, or you run 3D applications. When
these applications were ran, the RPM moves one step up. You can hear the fan,
but it is still not yet at the level when you first power up your system.
The BGA RAM chips used are produced by Samsung, and they are
a 1.4ns part. The same Memory is used on all the other 7600GT cards in this
shootout, except the Xpertvision 7600GT which uses Samsung 1.2ns chips. An image
of the 1.4ns part can be found later in this review.
As mentioned in the previous pages, we will be using a single
set of scores for all the default-clocked 7600GT cards.
Somehow, this card we have here does not seem to perform well
when it comes to memory overclocking. We could only raise the memory speed a
little, but the core could scale quite well to 625MHz, up from the default 560MHz.
When clocked to 650MHz on the core, benchmarking would freeze
immediately after the loading screen for quite a while before continuing to
run. However, major artifact sets in, so we had to reduce the overclock.