Quiet Dignity: Asus's Geforce GT520 Silent
Some pretty cool news from Asus this week, in the form of a new Nvidia card. The Nvidia GT520 is a passively cooled graphics card, meaning it's completely silent. Not that graphics cards generally make a great deal of noise to begin with- or maybe I'm just desensitized to the sound of a computer's cooling system kicking in. The passive cooling system also means that the new piece of hardware consumes less power, as well.
Now, we've but one question left to answer- what can this new product do?
How Asus made the card silent isn't actually all that complicated- rather than fans, the GT520 features a rather nifty looking built-in heatsink. Not only that, the hardware of the card is built to be compact- or 'low profile' as the buzzword goes.
The design is simple and efficient- and there's a certain elegance to that. The fact that it looks pretty cool is just an added bonus- in all likelihood you're never going to see the card again after you plop it into your system, anyway.
Not too shabby, is it? But truthfully, none of that really matters if the card's specs aren't up to snuff, does it?
Ah, but not to worry, my friends. They most certainly are.
Before we launch into what the GT 520 Silent can do, just keep in mind that this isn't a 'gaming' graphics card, per se. Certainly, it can be used to run games just fine, but I get the feeling that isn't its intended purpose. That's not to say it's not powerful- just that it's not going to make your eyes melt out of their sockets from the sheer awesomeness of the graphics it renders.
With that said, the GT 520 has the following specs (from Scan)
- DirectX 11 Hardware/Support
- 1 GB GDDR3 Memory
- Core Clock Speed of 810 MHz
- Memory Clock Speed of 1200 MHz
- Shader Clock Speed of 1620 MHz
Not bad, not bad at all. The GT 520 silent has been touted as being pretty much perfect for home theatre PCs and multimedia centres (Legit Reviews), and though it could effectively be used for gaming, that's not necessarily what the card's made for.
Anyway, that's neither here nor there. So far we've established that the card is silent, easy on the eyes, and none too shabby in the power department. We've yet to get to the best part, however- cost.
Sorry to do this to you folks again, but the Nvidia GT 520 Silent...isn't actually on the market yet. Not to worry, though- the fact that there's a full list of specifications and places to preorder the card online means that the release date, though unannounced, should be approaching soon. When it does go onto the market, the GT 520 Silent will probably go for somewhere around $60.00.(Update: The GT 520 Silent is now available in stores and can be found here on Amazon with good reviews.)
So basically, if you're looking to set up a home theatre PC any time in the near future, you'[d do well to spring for the GT 520 Silent. It touts an innovative design, decent hardware specs, and a price that won't leave your wallet shedding manly tears.
(Update: The GT 520 Silent is now available in stores and can be found here on Amazon with good reviews.)