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Gigabyte Radeon HD 5750 Silent-Cell

But can you have silent and good performance and have no noise? Well, as of last a few companies have put out Radeon HD 5750 cards with passive cooling. And today, we have a Gigabyte model in house titled the Silent Cell. That is right with the Silent Cell you can get the performance you want from a fan-less GPU without having to resort to the lowly levels of the HD 5450 and HD5570.

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But can you have silent and good performance and have no noise? Well, as of last a few companies have put out Radeon HD 5750 cards with passive cooling. And today, we have a Gigabyte model in house titled the Silent Cell. That is right with the Silent Cell you can get the performance you want from a fan-less GPU without having to resort to the lowly levels of the HD 5450 and HD5570.

Introduction to the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5750 Silent Cell

For most of us we cannot picture med and high range video card without any noise. If you think about the early days of the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 the noise was unbearable. Then updates to the Catalyst Control Panel made it possible to lower the fan to a tolerable level making for a more subtle environment. Time had come and gone. Video cards aren’t as loud as they once were. But there people that want good performance from a graphic card and no sound whatsoever. Reasons are plentiful why someone would want this and it begins with HTPC rigs and ending with just wanting a quiet PC.

But can you have silent and good performance and have no noise? Well, as of last a few companies have put out Radeon HD 5750 cards with passive cooling. And today, we have a Gigabyte model in house titled the Silent Cell. That is right with the Silent Cell you can get the performance you want from a fan-less GPU without having to resort to the lowly levels of the HD 5450 and HD5570.

The benefits of having a video card of this nature does mean you do get performance and silent but you also get all the features and options that come with having a based on the Juniper chipset. That would include eyefinity support, crossfire support as well as DirectX 11 support. Granted all this can be had for about $140.

Gigabyte’s Specifications

SeriesRadeon HD 5000 series
ChipsetRadeon HD 5750
Key FeaturesSilent Cell
Core Clock700 MHz
Memory Clock4600 MHz
Memory TypeGDDR5
DirectX11
D-subYes
DVIYes

Gigabyte’s Feature Set

40nm Technology
Faster clocks, double the transistor density of earlier 40 nm technology. 40nm technology helped make HD5750 series products the most advanced GPUs ever highest clocks speeds, incredible feature integration, full performance and precision all the time, and ability to take advantage of future, higher-speed memories.

Microsoft Window7
Microsoft Windows 7 is the next generation operating system that will mark a dramatic improvement in the way the OS takes advantage of the graphics processing unit (GPU) to provide a more compelling user experience. By taking advantage of the GPU for both graphics and computing, Windows 7 will not only make today’s PCs more visual and more interactive but also ensure that they have the speed and responsiveness customers want.

Avivo™HD
Avivo™HD could provide vibrant high fidelity, flawlessly smooth next-generation video playback. Avivo™HD technology easily allows your PCs to become digital home media center by its compelling video pipeline design that comprises the latest high definition video hardware acceleration, including H.264 and WMV9.

Catalyst™ Control Center
ATI’s all-new Catalyst Control Center goes far beyond traditional driver configuration software—it’s a feature-rich and stable 3D acceleration control application that puts you in complete command of your ATI visual processing unit (VPU). Catalyst Control Center offers exceptional graphics performance and visual quality for the ultimate in performance, stability, and innovation. Safe GPU overclocking, custom profiles, and assignable hotkeys are just a few of the many new features. You’ll also enjoy frequent updates, reliable customer service, and an interactive user feedback program, all backed by ATI’s technical confidence, industry-leading capability, and uncompromising commitment to creating your ultimate visual experience.

Shader Model 5.0
Shader Model 5.0 adds support for indexed temporaries which can be quite useful for certain tasks .Regular direct temporary access is preferable is most cases. One reason is that indexed temporaries are hard to optimize. The shader optimizer may not be able to identify optimizations across indexed accesses that could otherwise have been detected. Furthermore, indexed temporaries tend to increase register pressure a lot. An ordinary shader that contains for instance a few dozen variables will seldom consume a few dozen temporaries in the end but is likely to be optimized down to a handful depending on what the shader does. This is because the shader optimizer can easily track all variables and reuse registers. This is typically not possible for indexed temporaries, thus the register pressure of the shader may increase dramatically. This could be detrimental to performance as it reduces the hardware’s ability to hide latencies.

Microsoft® DirectX® 11
The power of DirectX® 11 with awesome performance, stunning visual effects, and more dynamic interactivity than ever before. Ensures the best performance and application compatibility for all DirectX® 11 applications. Microsoft® DirectX® 11 games, with stunning 3D graphics and shading effects.

OpenGL 3.1® Optimizations
Ensure top-notch compatibility and performance for all OpenGL 3.1 application.

CrossFireX™
Upgrade to even greater 3D performance quickly and easily thanks to plug-and-play ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology

PCI-E 2.1
PCI Express® 2.1 –Now you are ready for the most demanding graphics applications thanks to PCI Express® 2.1 support, which allows up to twice the throughput of current PCI Express® cards. Doubles the bus standard’s bandwidth from 2.5 Gbit/s (PCIe 1.1) to 5 Gbit/sec.

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RoHS Compliant
As a citizen of the global village, GIGABYTE exert ourselves to be a pioneer in environment care. Give the whole of Earth a promise that our products do not contain any of the restricted substances in concentrations and applications banned by the RoHS Directive, and are capable of being worked on at the higher temperatures required for lead free solder. One Earth and GIGABYTE Cares!

HDCP Support
High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is a form of copy protection technology designed to prevent transmission of non-encrypted high-definition content as it travels across DVI or HDMI digital connections.

HDMI Ready
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a new interface standard for consumer electronics devices that combines HDCP-protected digital video and audio into a single, consumer-friendly connector.

Windows Vista®
Enjoy powerful graphics performance, improved stability, and an immersive HD gaming experience for Windows Vista. ATI Catalyst™ software is designed for quick setup of graphics, video, and multiple displays, and automatically configures optimal system settings for lifelike DirectX 10 gaming and the visually stunning Windows Aero™ user interface.

Silent Cell Features

GIGABYTE rewrites the history of silent cooling to perfect the thermal performance, introducing the state-of-the-art Silent-Cell™ Cooling Technology which adopts a series of crimping layered fins with Aluminum nodes. Thanks to proprietary cell-division thermal architecture and ultra-huge pure copper base with 3 heat pipes, Slient-Cell™ are able to cool down the GPU up to 18°C more than by using an active fan cooling design. In addition, Silent-Cell cooler module utilizes the precision process to deliver zero-interval combination between heat pipe and fins, enhancing the overall cooling capability without any compromise from its material characteristic. Overall, GIGABYTE Silent-Cell™ Cooling features and Benefits as:
• Lowest Thermal Resistance between heat pipe and fins
• Crimping Layered Fins with Aluminum nodes to feature the all-new zero-interval precision process
A combination of Aluminum nodes and copper base enhances the overall cooling capability without any compromise from its material characteristic.
• Surface Area 602% Upgrade!
Ultra-huge Copper Base with 3 high-performance heat pipes.
• Cell-division Architecture amplifies natural convection

Radeon Chipset differences

HD 4770

HD 5750

HD5770

Core Clock

750MHz

700MHz

850MHz

Memory Clock

3.2GHz

4.6GHz

4.8GHz

Memory Amount

512MB

1GB

1GB

Memory Bit

128

128

128

Transistors

826m

1.04b

1.04b

Stream

640

720

800

Features

1. Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
2. ATI Eyefinity Technology, support up to 3 displays. *
3. ATI Stream technology**
4. Microsoft Windows 7 Support
5. 40nm Process Technology
6. 2nd Generation TeraScale Engine
7. PCI Express 2.0 x16 bus interface
8. Advance 1GB/256-bit GDDR5 memory interface
9. HDMI 1.3 support with Deep Color and 7.1 High Bitrate Audio
10. On chip HDCP Support
11. ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance. (Use up to four discrete cards
with an AMD 790FX based motherboard)
12. ATI Avivo HD Support
l ATI Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD) for Blu-ray™ and HD Video.
l Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT)
l DVD Upscaling
l Dynamic Contrast
l Built-in HDMI with 7.1 surround sound support
13. Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay™ technology including memory clocks
14. Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio TM Support

System Requirements

– PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the
motherboard
– 450 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors
recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in
dual mode)
– Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certified PSU for a
list of Certified products
– Minimum 1GB of system memory
– Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
– DVD playback requires DVD drive
– Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive
– For an ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 5750 graphics card, an ATI
CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI
CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card (optional) are required

Maximum Display Resolution

n D-Dub(VGA): 2048 x 1536 @85 Hz.
n DL-DVI-I: 2560 x 1600@60Hz
n HDMI:1080P
n Display Port: 2560 x 1600@60Hz
n Eyefinity: 7680 x 1600@60Hz*
*Grouped with 3 monitors supporting resolutions at 2560 x 1600 with one of them supporting Display

AMD Radeon HD 5750 GPU Features

§  1.04 billion 40nm transistors
§  TeraScale 2 Unified Processing Architecture
o   720 Stream Processing Units
o   36 Texture Units
o   64 Z/Stencil ROP Units
o   16 Color ROP Units
§  GDDR5 memory interface
§  PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface
§  DirectX® 11 support
o   Shader Model 5.0
o   DirectCompute 11
o   Programmable hardware tessellation unit
o   Accelerated multi-threading
o   HDR texture compression
o   Order-independent transparency
§  OpenGL 3.2 support1
§  Image quality enhancement technology
o   Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing modes
o   Adaptive anti-aliasing
o   16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering
o   128-bit floating point HDR rendering
§  ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology2,3
o   Three independent display controllers
·        Drive three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
o   Display grouping
·        Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display
§  ATI Stream acceleration technology
o   OpenCL 1.0 compliant
o   DirectCompute 11
o   Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling4,5
§  ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology6
o   Dual GPU scaling
§  ATI Avivo™ HD Video & Display technology7
o   UVD 2 dedicated video playback accelerator
o   Advanced post-processing and scaling8
o   Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction
o   Brighter whites processing (Blue Stretch)
o   Independent video gamma control
o   Dynamic video range control
o   Support for H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2
o   Dual-stream 1080p playback support9,10
o   DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
o   Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP11
·        Max resolution: 2560×160012
o   Integrated DisplayPort output
·        Max resolution: 2560×160012
o   Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support and high bit-rate audio
·        Max resolution: 1920×120012
Integrated VGA output
·        Max resolution: 2048×153612
3D stereoscopic display/glasses support13
o   Integrated HD audio controller
·        Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
·        Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
§  ATI PowerPlay™ power management technology7
o   Dynamic power management with low power idle state
o   Ultra-low power state support for multi-GPU configurations
§  Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

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Speeds & Feeds

§  Engine clock speed: 700 MHz
§  Processing power (single precision): 1.008 TeraFLOPS
§  Polygon throughput: 700M polygons/sec
§  Data fetch rate (32-bit): 100.8 billion fetches/sec
§  Texel fill rate (bilinear filtered): 25.2 Gigatexels/sec
§  Pixel fill rate: 11.2 Gigapixels/sec
§  Anti-aliased pixel fill rate: 44.8 Gigasamples/sec
§  Memory clock speed: 1.15 GHz
§  Memory data rate: 4.6 Gbps
§  Memory bandwidth: 73.6 GB/sec
§  Maximum board power: 86 Watts
§  Idle board power: 16 Watts

Closer look at the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5750 Silent Cell

The Silent Cell HD 5750 is quite different from that of the reference design. This is obvious as the reference designs are all actively cooled and our Silent Cell is passively cooled. Gigabyte used a rather large aluminum cooler compared to the size of the actual video card. The aluminum fins extends upon the top and end edges of the GPU to take advantage of the air circulation of the case in which it is housed.

Without such a layout you would suffer horrible and that would lead to crashes and blue screens. According to Gigabyte the surface area of the new cooler is a 602% upgrade, Upgrade from what? We would assume either previous Silent Cell models like the 9600GT or 9800GT Nvidia models or maybe the reference design.

In aid to the aluminum fins are three copper heat pipes which travel through the fins. And the copper heat pipes make their way to the copper base. The heat pipes help to distribute heat generated by the GPU up into the fins. Once the heat is dissipated by the fins your case air ventilation is left to do the rest of the works.

Sitting underneath all the metal that is the passive heat sink is a 700MHz GPU. With the memory being clocked at 1.15GHz. The specifications of the pretty close to those of the HD 5770 but with a slow GPU speed.

Looking at the card from the rear you will see a series of fins, these fins comes in contact with the cool air from outside the case and travels across the surface of the interior fins for better cooling performance. Also making their home here are the display connections which would consist of two DVI (one DVI-I/one DVI-D) connections, a single HDMI and a single old school VGA port. Missing is a display port so an adapter will be needed.

Standard amongst HD 5750 video cards is the need for a 6-pin power plug. Sitting at the top of the card are two crossfire slots. Normally, lower end Radeon cards only have a single slot for crossfire. But in this case multiple slots for a greater number of crossfire possibilities.

Testing Hardware:

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55-E Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i7 750 @ 3.8GHz at 1.38 volts
Ram: Patriot Viper II Sector 4GB 1600MHz DDR3
Video Card: Gigabyte HD 5750 Silent Cell
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Microcool Banchetto
Cooling: Noctua D14
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Testing Software:

Futuremark 3DVantage (Performance, High and Extreme settings at 1280×1024)
Devil May Cry 4 (Built-in benchmark – DirectX 10 -1280×1024, No AA/4xAA)
Maxon Cinebench
Resident Evil 4 (1280×1024, No AA/4xAA)
Street Fighter 5 (1280×1024/1920×1200, No AA/4xAA)
Unigine DirectX 11 (1280×1024/1920×1200, 2xAA/4xAA)
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (High, Extreme and Ultra, 4xAA)
Watts Up

Drivers:

Windows Seven Ultimate 7 64-bit
ATI Cat 10.2

Futuremark 3D Vantage
3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 performance of your graphics card. We’ve been making 3DMark for over 10 years, with each new edition using the latest 3D technology to determine real-world performance.

A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.

3DMark is widely used by the PC industry, press and media as well as individual users and gamers, for comparing performance levels between whole systems or even specific components.

Maxon Cinebench
CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer’s performance capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
We are glad to present you a special version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat Having your PC tested with benchmark you will be able to get detailed information about its performance on various graphical modes and find out how well your system is balanced for gaming and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat in particular.
This benchmark is based on one of the ingame locations – Pripyat . The testing process includes four stages, those utilizing various weather and time of the day settings (day, night, rain, bright sun). In order to test your system thoroughly the benchmark is provided with a number of presets and options including different versions of DirectX (9.0, 10.0, 11), screen resolutions, antialiasing etc, all at your disposal.

Devil May Cry 4
Long ago the Dark Knight Sparda rebelled against the dark emperor and waged a one-man war to save humanity. Thousands of years later, a religious organization worships this renowned savior and has taken it upon themselves to rid the world of all evil. Residing in Fortuna, this organization is known as the “Order of the Sword,” and is made up of an elite group of “Holy Knights.” One day, a young knight named Nero witnesses Sparda’s legendary son Dante slaughter his fellow warriors. Has the renowned devil hunter turned his back on mankind? What does the encounter mean for these two individuals?

 

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Unigine DirectX 11
New benchmark grants the power to unleash the DirectX 11 potential in the gift wrapping of impressively towering graphics capabilities. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is ensured within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.

Capcom Resident Evil 5
Capcom officially announced Resident Evil 5 on July 20, 2005. Jun Takeuchi, the director of Onimusha and producer of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, took over producer duties from Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Keiji Inafune, who served as promotional producer for Resident Evil 2 and executive producer for the PlayStation 2 version of Resident Evil 4, oversaw the project.[26] In February 2007, members of Capcom’s Clover Studio were also called upon to help develop the game.

 

Capcom Street Fighter 4
All the characters and environments in Street Fighter IV are rendered as 3D models with polygons, similar to the Street Fighter EX sub-series Capcom produced with Arika. However, there are a couple of key differences. Art director and character designer Daigo Ikeno, who previously worked on Street Fighter III 3rd Strike, added cel-shading to give them a hand-drawn look, with visual effects accented in calligraphic strokes, ink smudges and ink sprays during the fights.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the Gigabyte Radeon 5750 Silent Cell was tight there with that of the Sapphire HD 5750. Meaning that if you do decide to go fan-less you will not have to sacrifice your electrical bill.

Overclocking

Overclocking the Silent HD 5750 was not the most eventful thing we had done all day. But then again we were not expecting to see any miracles in the overclocking department with a fan-less graphic cards. Well, the Silent Cell did okay as we were able to get 855MHz n the Core and 1250MHz on the memory. Acually, we were impressed with the core clocks as it jumped 155MHz over stock making for a nice increase in gaming.

Conclusion

It is obvious who the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5750 Silent Cell is aimed. The individual looking for very good performance and not looking to hear all the fan whine that comes from most mid to high-end graphic cards. The end is coming when we think that silent components are only meant for those looking to build low end systems of home theater personal computers. Granted the Radeon HD 5750 is not the over-the-top graphic card that is going to play Crysis on high settings but it is capable of playing all the current games without tampering with the settings too much.

You won’t find that the Silent Cell 5750 is the most overclockable graphic card there but it isn’t intended to be. But if you have your mind to get some extra performance from it, we were able to up the core clock to another 150MHz to 855MHz from the default 700MHz. When it came to the memory clock we only gained another 100MHz to end at 1250MHz.

After some time browsing various web store fronts and other shopping search engines, we were not able to find a store currently selling this card. I am sure that will chance soon enough. And we will update this conclusion at that time.

But as of now we are awarding the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5750 Silent Cell with the ‘Must Have’ award as it is a must have for those looking for silent and performance.

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