While the TVR graph on the previous page paints a picture of very good value for the HD 5770 Silent Cell, the bottom line is if you're looking for a fast, silent video card then the value on this product is going to be even higher again.
What's great about the HD 5770 and what's always been great about it is the performance it's able to offer at 1920 x 1200 and while it does struggle in very recent games with the detail maxed out, that's something we can easily work around. Sure the game's not going to look as good from a pure eye candy point of view, but it will run smooth which is ultimately what you want.
There's so many nice little markets for the HD 5770 Silent Cell. First you've got the home theater people who want a silent card in the PC but want something with a bit of grunt, too. Honestly, you could do a bit of gaming with no real drama on that 50"+ Full HD TV from the comfort of your lounge.
The other area are people who don't have big budgets and have their PCs in the bedroom. You could get a nice little SSD which is silent, a extremely quiet heatsink/fan for the CPU or possibly a passive one depending on what you're running along with a case with no fans and you would have a silent machine that could game. And while the card would run a bit hotter under that environment, the cooler that GIGABYTE are using is fantastic and to be honest, we expected nothing less; the Silent Cell series of cards have always been fantastic quality.
There are very few negatives about the product. Yes, the bundle is a little light, but honestly, which video card bundle isn't these days? The cooler is large, but this is the cost of admission when it comes to passive cooling on silent cards; it's something you'll really need to make note of. The PCI-E 6-Pin connector is in a bit of a weird position as well, but as I mentioned earlier, I didn't have any trouble getting the connector in and while getting it out was slightly harder, it's not going to be an issue for most.
If you're gaming at 2560 x 1600, no offence, but you could probably afford something a little more expensive and faster. If you're gaming at 1920 x 1200, you're going to be able to game well with detail set anywhere from medium to very high depending on the engine and age of the game. If you're looking at 1680 x 1050, you'll be able to run most games on the higher end of that scale when it comes to detail.
All in all the HD 5770 Silent Cell is a winner of a card for people who want a card that can pull out some decent FPS and is whisper quiet. The $170 US price tag is very reasonable and while there are models like the GTX 460 taking a lot of the lime light at the moment, if staying under $200 US is your goal, the HD 5770 remains one of the best options.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Card and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 4 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Mafia II]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Final Fantasy XIV]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Street Fighter IV]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Batman Arkham Asylum]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 15 [Temperature Test]
- Page 16 [Sound Test]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Total Performance Rating (TPR)]
- Page 19 [Total Value Rating (TVR)]
- Page 20 [Final Thoughts]
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