As expected the power consumption at idle and load were right on for our ASUS EN8600 GTS. Anything under 200w total system load should be considered excellent.
The Asus EN8600GTS performed just as well as we thought it would, which is quite good against the competition. Since Asus followed the reference design you can be sure that the card follows NVIDIA’s specifications and that you will have a reliable card for years to come. All of the video cards made by Asus carry a limited 3-year warranty in the unlikely event that your card should fail.
Once the driver is loaded the heat sink runs very quiet and keeps the card cool which is good for those of you thinking of putting that HDTV cable to good use and making this part of your next HTPC project. For you gamers thinking of gearing up now that Beta’s and Demos are out for a few of the highly anticipated DirectX 10 games, now may be a good time to take a look at the Asus EN8600GTS. At a price competitive with other manufacturers, a decent bundle, and the Asus name it’s hard to say no to the EN8600GTS.
We don’t yet have enough “must have” titles for a full on DirectX 10 benchmarking session. Once we have some final code from Crysis expect to see just how well all of NVIDIA’s and ATI’s first generation perform.
Legit Bottom Line: The Asus EN8600GTS offers a good value and an affordable entry into the world of DirectX 10 gaming that is finally starting to arrive.