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A mate of mine is looking or a silent (or extremely quiet) GPU. He currently has an HD5770, but its too loud for him.

I did see that powercolor have one, but its not available in my country.

Does anyone know of any popular brands that have just a heatsink or quiet fan?
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Gigabyte do a product like this

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1225&products_id=17529

You know you can set the fan manually down to 10% if you wanted, that might solve his problem. He would just have to make sure it doesn't get to hot that's for sure.

I also understand that there will be near silent versions of

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1343&products_id=19509

coming out sooner rather then later.
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I would suggest venturing into a GTX560Ti or a GTX460 smile.gif, Nice cards, both are cool and very quite on their own.

But then again, I dont know the raw horse power the AMD 7000 line can output, considering how fast a HD7770 would be. tongue.gif
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my asus 6870 is pretty decent. i cannot hear it and it's no rookie card.
    
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Ok, 7 series cards are sadly out of the picture due to price, one can get 2x6850s for the same price as a 7770)

And Gigabyte dont seem to have the 6770 SilentCell here yet
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A mate of mine is looking or a silent (or extremely quiet) GPU. He currently has an HD5770, but its too loud for him.
I did see that powercolor have one, but its not available in my country.
Does anyone know of any popular brands that have just a heatsink or quiet fan?


If you are talking about the Powercolor HD6850 SCS3 (with passive cooler) in South Africa, then it is available from the shop below.  It sells for R 2,972.

 

http://www.wantitall.co.za/PC-Hardware/PowerColor-SCS3-ATI-Radeon-HD6850-1-GB-DDR5-2DVI-HDMI-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-Video-Card-AX6850-1GBD5-S3DH__B0052EG044

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Thanks, but wow, he can get an Asus HD6850 Direct CU for R1625.00 O.o

+rep for helping though
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My HD5870's stock HSF runs the GPU at 70ºC in an almost inaudible environment when fully load.

If you want cooling performance, the fan at 65% leaves the core at 57ºC, while being just hearable.


It's a Sapphire HD5870, that one with a middle fan cooler (à la Vapor-X style). They problably make a 6870 based on a similar solution that should be as quiet, if not more.

If you can find them they're good pieces, usually going on sale at €170.
   
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