Conclusion: In essence, it's really quite easy to sum up our thoughts about the EN9600GT Silent - If you want a passively cooled graphics board, and are happy with mid-range 3D rendering performance, then this board is the one for you. While there are a couple of passive GeForce 8800 GT 512MB boards on the market, the additional heat generated by G92 core which it uses makes running a passive solution based around that SKU a far more hit and miss affair.
Despite the extra thick heatsink, the ASUS EN9600GT Top is still a good card. Those looking for the highest performance 9600 GT can get faster cards than the ASUS EN9600GT Top though. In all the ASUS EN9600GT Top is a good card with slightly less performance than competitors. At least ASUS makes it easy to overclock the cad more yourself.
Excerpt: For the price range at $120 - $230, Asus EN9600 GT is the faster than any other graphic card. With the core clock at 650Mhz and 512MB of memory, Asus EN9600 GT will enable you to play most games at average quality settings depending on your computer resolution settings. Asus EN9600 GT is also suited for home theatre personal computer and makes most new games playable.
Excerpt: Just when we thought we would no longer receive any more 9600 GTs because we figured we'd reviewed just about every single one on the market, ASUS has decided to run around and release a new one.
Summary: Gaming Performance : This is a realm well covered by many other web sites, so there's little point for us to duplicate their efforts. We recommend the 9600GT reviews at TweakTown , [Hard]OCP , X-bit Labs , and AnandTech . The general consensus is that the 9600GT is a good value, midrange graphics card, more or less comparable to the HD 3870, though it isn't quite as adept at rendering games at higher resolutions.
Pros: Good 3D Performance, Excellent high definition playback, Low load power consumption, Fanless and silent
Cons: Odd cooler design, High idle power consumption, HDMI video output needs improvement
Summary: Das Bessere ist des Guten Feind - oder wie sagt man? Jedenfalls trifft das Sprichwort in dieser Form hier zu. Ohne Frage ist die ASUS EN9600GT Matrix eine gute Grafikkarte mit einigen interessanten Ansätzen vor allem beim Kühler und der iTracker Software, allerdings wurde dieser Weg (bislang) nicht konsequent zu Ende gegangen.