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GIGABYTE's passive Radeon HD 4850 revealed

by Parm Mann on 4 September 2008, 12:50

Tags: Gigabyte GV R485OC-1GH, Gigabyte (TPE:2376)

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Taiwan-based GIGABYTE will soon be joining PowerColor with a passively-cooled derivative of AMD's Radeon HD 4850 graphics card.

The dual-slot card, model number GV-R485MC-1GH, features 1GB of GDDR3 and AMD's reference clocks - that's 625MHz for the GPU and an effective 2,000MHz for the memory.

GIGABYTE will use its own Multi-Core Cooling technology - seen previously on its passive GeForce 9600 GT - which uses a series of ultra-thin layered fins with nodes of copper to help heat conduction. GIGABYTE claims that Multi-Core Cooling provides temperatures of up to 7┬░C lower than fan-based cooling, but it remains to be seen if that holds true for the Radeon HD 4850.

Pricing and availability remains unknown, but the promise of passive Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards bodes well for those who enjoy silent computing.

Official product page (Taiwanese): gigabyte.tw

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That does look very neat.

I like the industrial look of this.
The fins sticking out the back might get in the way of the DVI adaptors/cables a bit but yeah it looks good.
I am waiting for one to come out with a similar passive heat sink like the MSI 8600gt in the link.
I prefer the heat sink on the back as a fan sits snugly in-between that and my scythe ninja.

The fan only spins up when I am working the computer hard say in a game so it cools the card
and the cpu at the same time. When i am not then they are both silent.
Finally, a decent spec card with passive cooling that will actually fit in a htpc case like the fusion.
Most passive cards have a honking great heatpipe passing over the top of the card.
Hope prices and availability are ok.
That does look very neat.

I like the industrial look of this.
Yeah, better than this.

I've been considering watercooling recently, to try and silence loud components. This could work, though. SSD should also help, (when it becomes affordable).

(Edit: My link already quoted in Hexus' article. Sorry.)