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  • gorash - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    Wow, they can passively cool 7770... that's actually pretty amazing. Reply
  • Rick83 - Thursday, June 07, 2012 - link

    There's even passively cooled 6850s, which output 1/3 more heat, and perform 1/4 better.
    Only a matter of case airflow.
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  • Iketh - Thursday, June 07, 2012 - link

    dying for a passive 7850... i'd be ALL OVER that Reply
  • tipoo - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    Most of the time only the lowest end options are passively cooled unless you go for something more exotic, this is a nice change. I'd like to see it tested to see if it can keep up with actively cooled ones at safe temperatures. Reply
  • LordOfTheBoired - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    My bet? Only if you're careful with case airflow.
    That said, I'm willing to try.
    Reply
  • Ytterbium - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    I like to see some 'new' half height card come out with just PCIE power, the 7750 and 640 are ready to go! Reply
  • etamin - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    I built a system using Gigabyte's passively cooled 6770 last year but the cooler on that one is significantly wider. I really like Sapphire's design, but I wish the retail PCB would be black, it's just so much more versatile when building. Reply
  • etamin - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    *aesthetically versatile that is. Reply
  • landerf - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - link

    You can rip off the hideous air blocking plastic thingy right? Reply
  • Binkt - Thursday, June 07, 2012 - link

    Like the Sulaco from aliens... good memories, I'm in! Reply
  • 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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