I doubt that anyone will oppose the assumption that the eternal performance race also has negative sides to it. One of them is the ever growing power consumption and as a result, heat dissipation. Heat must be removes somewhere otherwise the system will inevitable overheat and fail. Therefore, performance is not the only thing that gets bigger. So do the cooling systems and the level of noise they generate during work. It is one of the most challenging tasks for the graphics card makers, because they have to stay within very limited form-factor. However, some of them already introduce very doubtful solutions, for example, Palit Revolution 700, which occupies three slots in the system.
While the increase in the size of the graphics cards cooling systems is something we can possibly live with, then the noise aspect concerns a lot of users out there, especially those who prefer to stay up at night in from of their computer systems and do not really try to set any 3DMark world records. Another application for noiseless graphics accelerators is the HTPC segment. These systems must be quiet by definition, because I doubt that anyone will be happy with a steady background fan noise accompanying a favorite soundtrack or movie. To satisfy the existing demand for quiet solutions, some graphics card makers offer products equipped with noiseless coolers. Most often these are budget solutions like Radeon HD 4600 or lower that cannot suit for contemporary 3D gaming, but sometimes you can come across a few very nice exceptions, such as Gigabyte GV-R485MC-1GI that we have reviewed before.
However, Gigabyte doesn’t have a preference when it comes to graphics chip makers and offers solutions on both: AMD/ATI as well as Nvidia GPUs. In our today’s review we are going to discuss one more noiseless graphics accelerator from Gigabyte, but this time based on G92b graphics core. Just like all other solutions from this manufacturer, our today’s hero has a model name that is pretty typical of this maker, but is absolutely impossible to remember or pronounce for a regular user: GV-N98TSL-1GI. As for us, we are going to refer to it as Gigabyte 9800 GT Silent Cell. As you can see from the name, this graphics accelerator doesn’t claim to set any 3D world records, but it has a number of other advantages and overall looks extremely promising.
Let’s meet our today’s hero now!