Now that we’ve tested Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH “Silent Pipe II” we can finally answer the question about whether the company managed to create a noiseless gaming graphics card. And the answer is yes. Gigabyte used an original passive cooling system that dissipates some of the heat generated by the graphics card outside the system case and transfers the remaining heat to the heatsink located on the reverse side of the card PCB. At the same time the Silent Pipe II cooling system turned out much smaller than the solutions from ASUS we have reviewed in the past. The compact PCB size of the card and no need for any additional power supply make Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH «Silent Pipe II» an excellent choice for those who do not want to sacrifice the graphics card’s performance for the sake of its quietness. The only drawback of Silent Pipe II is its height, that makes this card a dual-clot solution, which may cause some problems if the card has to go into a compact system case.
The card revealed excellent overclocking potential and allowed raising the GPU frequency by 100MHz without any special efforts. We don’t know if all Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH «Silent Pipe II» graphics cards overclock that well, but if it is so, then you will definitely achieve even better results if you use some extreme overclocking tools. And Gigabyte definitely deserves all the credit for the successful graphics card design.
We won’t go into details about the performance of the new Gigabyte solution, because it works at Nvidia’s recommended clock speeds. However, I would like to point out that the tests proved GeForce 7600 GT to be one of the best mainstream solutions, which often outperforms Radeon X1800 GTO. Of course, Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH «Silent Pipe II» may face some difficulties with its 128bit memory bus in case full-screen antialiasing is enabled. However, the realities of the gaming world suggest the graphics solutions of this category are anyway not powerful enough to ensure acceptable level of performance with enabled FSAA and/or in the highest resolutions.
As for the advantages that are not directly connected with the graphics card itself, it is pretty hard to say anything. The accessories bundle of the Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH «Silent Pipe II» is not very rich, although it contains everything necessary and even offers a quality strategy game – Civilization IV. Anyway, all the major advantages of the new Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH «Silent Pipe II» are different: from the very beginning this graphics adapter was designed as a quiet, economical and pretty high-performance gaming solution and it truly is like that. We have every right to call Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH «Silent Pipe II» one of the today’s best solutions in this category.
- Absolutely noiseless operation;
- Efficient Silent Pipe II cooling system onboard;
- High performance for the solutions of this type;
- Good performance in OpenGL games and a few other ones;
- Great overclocking potential;
- Transparent textures antialiasing;
- Hardware H.264 decoding and other HD formats;
- Low power consumption;
- Requires no additional power supply;
- Compact size;
- Dual-link DVI support (1port).
- No memory cooling;
- Dual-clot form-factor may cause some installation issues in compact PC cases;
- Not very rich set of accessories.