Gigabyte HD6770 Silent Cell 1GB Review (passively cooled)

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Today we are reviewing a new card from Gigabyte, the HD6770 Silent Cell, which is a passively cooled discrete graphics card built on a 2oz copper layer with full overclocking capabilities. Gigabyte also claim that temperatures with this design be reduced by 10% when compared against the reference solution. Is this an ideal graphics card for a low noise, performance PC?

In the last year, we have noticed a growing audience are becoming more aware of noise emissions, with many users actually waiting long after launch day for a partner to release a custom cooled version. There are a plethora of discrete designs available today for these users, comprising multiple fans, metal shrouds and copper heatpipes.

The Gigabyte HD6770 Silent Cell is built around a huge heatsink design, and the fan has been removed. Ideal for noise sensitive users and those people who are aiming to built the quietest computer possible.

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Card Specifications:

Core Speed: 850 mhz
Memory Speed: 4800mhz (effective)
Memory Type: GDDR5
Memory Bit Rate: 128 Bit
Cooling: Passive
Width: Dual Slot
Crossfire Support: CrossFireX
Support: ATI Avivo HD, ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology, ATI Eyefinity Technology, Microsoft DirectX 11, Microsoft Windows 7 support, OpenGL 4.1

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Gigabyte HD6770 Silent Cell 1GB Review (passively cooled), 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  • Tommy

    The design is great, I love passive cards and am willing to forgo a little performance. I must be really sensitive against fan noise as even my system with bequiet fans annoys me. im going to check this out. thanks.

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  • Francis

    I really do like this, if they could get the price down by £15 it would be a must have IMO

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  • Uriel

    Its a bit weak for my needs, but I can see why people would like the whole ‘no noise’ deal. there aren’t enough silent cards made. Wonder if they could ever get a 6870 silent. I might opt for that one.

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  • Trevor

    I own a HD5770 and I saw this today, im impressed with the cooler. have my own card on ebay now, hopefully can fund for half of this one for my media/main pc.

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  • Davis

    Interesting to see how such a low end card by todays standards can still power many engines at 1080p. As the reviewer said this was never possible in the past. 720p was a stretch.

    Good read. cooler is very strong by the results also.

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  • k0rn

    Not really my thing, but my friend would be into this as he is always bitchin about noise from his computer. he spent £30 on high quality case fans recently. I can’t tell the difference but he is happy.

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  • Fisshy

    Well… this is embarrassing. The Gigabyte branding would be upside down if this card were mounted in a conventional tower chassis, I was really interested in the card until I noticed this. I’m mildly OCD so that would be unbearable to live with (I have a windowed Chassis).

    Hopefully they sort that out.

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  • Dan

    @Trevor, wouldn’t you be better off just getting a custom cooler for your 5770? Seeing as 5770s and 6770s are virtually identical it would save you some money.

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