GIGABYTE HD6770 Silent Cell CFX Video Card Review

Today we'll find out if two of GIGABYTE's HD6770 Silent Cell cards can match the performance of a Radeon HD 6950. We were impressed with how this no-fan silent configuration CrossFireX setup performed. However, is it worth $280 against the falling prices of the Radeon HD 6950?

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a MSI Eclipse SLI X58 motherboard, an Intel Core i7 920 Overclocked at 3.6GHz, and 6GB of Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator DDR3.

Obviously, we make every effort to not use CPU limited games for video card evaluations, but the i7-920 at 3.6GHz seems to put many peoples’ minds at ease when it comes to that subject.

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We will be using AMD Catalyst 11.8 WHQL with the GIGABYTE HD6770 Silent Cell CFX and Radeon HD 6950. We will also be using ATI 11.8 Catalyst Application Profiles 3, which gives us support for CrossFireX. On August 9th, 2011, NVIDIA released their first WHQL driver in the 280 family, ForceWare 280.26 WHQL which we will be using for the GeForce GTX 570.

Below is a screenshot of GPU-Z after installing the SAPPHIRE TOXIC HD6950 and AMD's Catalyst 11.8 WHQL and ATI 11.8 CAP 3.

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