Yesterday I met with AMD's well known GPU partner Sapphire. Among their laundry list of AMD based graphics cards was this passively cooled Radeon HD 7770. The board layout had to be redesigned to accommodate the gigantic passive cooler (DRAM had to be relocated to the back of the board) but the end result is a fully clocked (1GHz core clock) Radeon HD 7770 without a single fan. 

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  • SleepyFE - Thursday, June 07, 2012 - link

    Someone at AnandTech please ask Saphire if you can borrow it. Would love to see some how it scores on your tests. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, June 07, 2012 - link

    Looks cool.. although I prefer huge heat sink + huge fan for massive yet silent cooling (at the expense of space). Going for complete passiv cooling requires more case airflow, so you may not actually end up more silent.. Reply
  • Cygni - Thursday, June 07, 2012 - link

    Been using a passive 4850 for a few years, been looking for anything that can match its performance while not requiring huge case fan changes. The 4850 gets MASSIVELY hot under full load, were talking 95º C or more, and thats with a fan directly blowing on the heatsink. Will be good to get something a bit cooler. Reply

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