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Conclusion

As we have expected right from the start, Gigabyte 9800 GT Silent Cell performed very well and made a very good overall impression, of course, keeping in mind the price range it is in. The major advantage of this solution is its absolutely noiseless cooling system – a very valuable feature for a pretty large user group out there. Moreover, Gigabyte 9800 GT Silent Cell belongs to Ultra Durable VGA series, which means that only high-quality components are used to make this card. “2oz Copper PCB” Technology implies the use of twice as thick metal layers in the PCB, which improves the cooling of all electronic components on it.

As for the performance, we didn’t reveal anything new here: the card is steadily inferior to GeForce GTS 250 and anything beyond that. However, in a number of cases it can not only compete successfully against a dangerous opponent like Radeon HD 4770, but even outperform it quite significantly. The diagrams below can illustrate it very well:

Overall, Gigabyte 9800 GT Silent Cell is an inexpensive but at the same time very high-quality graphics solution for those users who value quiet. It can be a great choice for an HTPC platform or a quiet gaming system that can be used in the night time without bothering anyone with the annoying fan noises. We can recommend this solution to those, who prioritize acoustic aspects of the graphics card performance and do not hunt for the maximum performance possible.

Highs:

  • High quality of manufacture;
  • Good performance in its class;
  • Outperforms ATI Radeon HD 4770 in a number of tests;
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Minimal effect of enabled FSAA on performance;
  • PhysX acceleration support in the GPU;
  • Zero noise;
  • Very efficient cooling system.

Lows:

  • No DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 support;
  • Incomplete hardware support of VC-1 decoding;
  • No integrated sound core;
  • Almost zero overclocking potential;
  • Requires a system case with good internal ventilation;
  • Doesn’t suit for compact cases.
 
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