When it comes to picking a video card these days the number of choices is pretty overwhelming. If on the other hand you are mortally allergic to the sound of fans, your list suddenly shrinks to a pretty pathetic set of offerings. Sapphire saw an opening, and was showing off a passively cooled Radeon HD 7770 at this year’s Computex.
The board itself looks like a reference 7770, but with a few key changes. The first is the massive; hard to miss aluminum heat sync mounted to the front of the card. The second is the relocation of the video ram to the back of the board. Perhaps the most impressive accomplishment here is the fact that they managed to keep the GPU fully clocked at 1GHz. Most passively cooled GPU’s rely in under clocking to keep the thermals in check.
The Radeon 7770 is pretty far from being AMD’s top performer; however it is a decent step up from Ivy Bridge graphics for those looking to play less intensive games such as Diablo 3 at decent frame rates. No release date or pricing was announced, and it goes without saying you’ll also need a case with decent ventilation.