All the video cards match their reference clock speeds except for the e-VGA products which come overclocked out of the box.
Features / In the Box
| ||Build Process ||Core Clock ||Memory Speed ||Onboard Memory ||Memory Bus ||Pixel/Vertex Pipelines|
|Asus X1300 Pro Silent ||90nm ||600Mhz ||800Mhz ||256Mb GDDR2 ||128 bit ||4/2|
|Asus X1600 XT Silent ||90nm ||590Mhz ||1380Mhz ||256Mb GDDR3 ||128 bit ||12/5|
|Powercolor X800GTO ||90nm ||400Mhz ||700Mhz ||128Mb GDDR3 ||256 bit ||12/6|
|Sparkle 6600GT ||110nm ||500Mhz ||1000Mhz ||128Mb GDDR3 ||128 bit ||8/3|
|Club 3D X1800 GTO ||90nm ||500Mhz ||1000Mhz ||256Mb GDDR3 ||256 bit ||12/8|
|nVidia Reference 7600GT ||90nm ||560Mhz ||1400Mhz ||256Mb GDDR3 ||128 bit ||12/5|
|eVGA 7600GT CO ||90nm ||580Mhz ||1500Mhz ||256Mb GDDR3 ||128 bit ||12/5|
|eVGA 7600GT CO SC ||90nm ||600Mhz ||1560Mhz ||256Mb GDDR3 ||128 bit ||12/5|
In the table below you can easily see what card has what video in/out features, if it requires extra power connector, what games/software you get inside the box, and also how loud the stock cooler is
at different speeds (if supported). The noise was recorded at a 45° angle from the rear of the card at ~30cm, graphics card is installed on an open test bench, the ambient noise in the room was ~37dBA.
$100-120 Gets you this: Asus X1300 Pro Silent
| ||DVI/VGA? ||Video-Out? ||Video-In? ||External Power? ||Noise@30cm ||Included Software|
|Asus X1300 Pro Silent ||1xDVI/1xVGA ||S-Video |
|No ||No ||passive cooling ||King Kong SE|
|Asus X1600 XT Silent ||1xDVI/1xVGA ||S-Video |
|No ||passive cooling ||Savage|
|Powercolor X800GTO ||1xDVI/1xVGA ||S-Video |
|No ||No ||50.6dBA ||PowerDVD|
|Sparkle 6600GT ||1xDVI/1xVGA ||S-Video |
|No ||No ||50.7dBA |
|Club 3D X1800 GTO ||2xDVI ||S-Video |
|6-Pin ||H: 60.7dBA |
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|eVGA 7600GT CO ||2xDVI ||S-Video |
|No ||No ||H: 58.2dBA |
|eVGA 7600GT CO SC ||2xDVI ||S-Video |
|No ||No ||H: 60.8dBA |
The ATI X1300 Pro is quite low end, however that doesn’t mean it’s no good, the Asus SILENT version is ideal for the home theater PC, complete with passive cooling by use of heat pipes and a nifty swing open heatsink:
The Asus X1300 Pro Silent comes with the bare essentials, a DVI to D-Sub connector and an S-Video to Composite cable.
Installed the backside of the heatsink clips open and sits quite close to the CPU socket area
This card from Powercolor is based on the X800 series GPU from ATI which is last generation tech, the GTO has less pipelines and slower clock speeds but is also considerably less pricey, fitting into the low-end range.
In the box you find a DVI->VGA connector, drivers CD and Cyberlink software to view/create/author DVDs. The card doesn’t feature GPU monitor support, and the fan speed is fixed at full speed at all times, so it’s not the most silent solution out there.
I bought this card from eBay, two of them in fact, for an interesting price, new these 6600GT based nVidia cards can be found for ~€100. It’s a last generation mid-range product which has now come down in price to fit to low-range category.
The Sparkle 6600GT is based of the reference design from nVidia, using the reference cooler, which seems to run at full speed at all times too, whether in 2D mode or 3D.
Let’s take a closer look at the mid-range products in this roundup ->