Asus 2600XT and 2600Pro - ATI mid range performance
Published: 17th August 2007 | Source: Asus | Price: |The Asus 2600 XT: Packaging, package and the card itself
NOTE: As both Asus cards are very similar I will cut these two pages a little shorter than usual.
Asus have done a nice job packaging up their 2600 XT (and indeed 2600 Pro), the box is in the usual subtle Asus style, but with an added CGI rendered young lady. Advertised well is the fact that a non-standard cooler has been used on the card "10°C Cooler" apparently...
Asus haven't put a whole load in with their 2600 XT as is usual with mid-range cards, certainly nothing on the 2900 XT package.
* "Speed Setup" manual
* CD-based manual
* Driver CD
* ATI Internal Crossfire dongle
* DVI to VGA connector
* S-Video to component cable
The card itself is a nice looking bit of kit. Coloured in red, one of my favourite PCB colours, initial impressions are good.
Double Dual-link DVI and a TV-out on the card complete outputs with HDCP-ready...ummm...ness :)
The cooler as I have said above is a pretty nicely done affair and smacks of Zalman to me (although ThermalTake and others have similar models). It's effective in getting rid of the hot stuff: with a pretty hot ambient of 23.4°C it sat at 37°C idle and topped out at 58°C load. None too shabby.
Now usually at this point I'd give you some money shots of some "nekkid" R630 chips and show you what kind of thermal paste has been applied. Unfortunately I simply couldn't get the cooler free of the card. The screws were undone easily enough but it wouldn't budge despite some not-so gentle persuasion. Beware of this if you want to change the cooler at some point...it won't come off. I can only assume the paste had dried on or that thermal glue was used.