|ASUS EN9400GT GeForce 9400GT HDMI Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Alex Hanson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 12 June 2009|
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EN9400GT Detailed Features
Since HTPC's are becoming more and more popular as a means to watch movies, television, and even Internet video content such as YouTube, it makes sense to produce video cards that will accommodate this growing market trend. The EN9400GT does just that and is small enough to fit into any case.
Using the supplied dual slot low bracket makes this card a perfect fit in small low profile HTPC cases. The 9400 GT comes installed with the standard taller bracket included but it's easy enough to remove and replace with the lower dual slot bracket if needed. The RGB port is simply relocated onto the secondary slot.
Having a true dedicated native HDMI port is a strong selling point and is much preferred than the standard S-Video port that requires a dongle to use and that is found on most other video cards. Connecting a high definition source via an S-Video adaptor cable is just not as good and pure as HDMI. HDMI is pure digital straight through and not converted to analog first plus you can pass true 7.1 channel audio over HDMI as long as you connect up the included internal S/PDIF cable.
The front side heatsink flares out to extend over the RAM modules. I think this design is more for the fan to direct air over them than to actually help absorb any heat given off by them since they don't actually make contact with the RAM modules.