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ASUS EN9600GT Silent review

While many users are content to always shoot for maximum performance and are none too bothered by occasionally noisy cooling solutions, there are a significant number of people who would far rather look towards creating a silent or near-silent system for their needs.

Of course, with increases in performance normally also meaning increases in power and heat, it can often be tough to balance performance with silence, hence our interest whenever a new passively cooled graphics board crops up.

It seems like an age since we last visited ASUS' range of silent graphics boards, when we took a look at both their EN8600GT and EN8600GTS Silent parts.

Well, ASUS have now done it again using NVIDIA's far more impressive latest mid-range offering, the GeForce 9600 GT, meaning that what we have here is a silent cooler matched with a really rather attractive level of performance.

Could this be something of a holy grail for users hoping to pick up a passively cooled graphics board?

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.