Doom 3 is
the most advanced OpenGL game to date. It takes advantage of the latest
videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute
limits. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark
which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything.
The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is
wasted. Each test is run three times and with the third run being
Doom 3 is very hard on the Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V, but
you can still play the game at 1024x768 in HQ mode with 4x AA and 16x AF...
Very Quiet, Very Promising!
With a retail price of $439 CDN ($365 US), the Gigabyte
GV-RX80L256V that we looked at today goes for more than what other X800 XL
videocards usually sell for, but it's the only high-end solution that we're
aware of that's completely silent. There's a saying "Silence is golden," and
after playing with the GV-RX80L256V videocard I would have to agree. Noise has
never really bothered me in the past, but using a silent system really does
increase the level of enjoyment while gaming or doing other activities on the
Gigabyte includes a decent software package with the
GV-RX80L256V, but nothing particularly remarkable. In terms of hardware, the
package tosses in a DVI-to-analog converter as well as a handy
TV/S-Video/Component output break out box.
Obviously the biggest feature of the GV-RX80L256V is its
heatpipe cooler, but be warned... the PC you install this videocard into had
better have good case cooling! If not, you're simply asking for trouble. During
testing the heatpipe temperature went as high as 83.3 degrees Celsius and the
core temp broke the boiling point hitting 105 degrees without proper airflow!
With a bit of a breeze passing through the fins of the heatsink, the core
temperature dropped 50 degrees and under load was around 58 degrees Celsius
which is perfectly adequate.
When it comes to performance, the Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V showed its true colours, and in
almost every benchmark it was just behind the MSI RX800XT-VTD256E (close to the
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E) in score. This card allows you to turn on AA and AF and
still get excellent framerates as demonstrated in our Doom 3 advanced tests.
If you're looking for a silent videocard to play the
latest games on that won't break the bank, the Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V is about
the only alternative out there right now. Sure there are other 'quiet'
videocards on the market but how can you be quieter than fanless?
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