Gigabyte builds fanless Radeon X1600 XT

Gigabyte has announced a passively-cooled version of ATI's Radeon X1600 XT graphics card. Awkwardly dubbed the GV-RX16T256V-RH, the card features the same Silent Pipe II cooler that Gigabyte uses to cool its silent GeForce 6600 GT. Silent Pipe II is a double-wide design that differs quite a bit from Gigabyte's earlier forays into silent graphics cooling, but the extra girth may be necessary to handle the heat output of a 590MHz Radeon X1600 XT. According to Gigabyte, the Silent Pipe II cooler keeps the X1600 30% cooler than "general active solutions during normal activity," although there's little indication of what the company considers to be normal activity.

Given the Radeon X1000 series' Avivo video features and recent price cuts to the Radeon X1600 line, a passively-cooled X1600 XT could prove very attractive to those looking to build a home theater PC. The Gigabyte card also supports VIVO, but there's no word on how much it will cost or when it will become available. If Gigabyte's fanless Radeon X800 XL is any indication, the GV-RX16T256V-RH may only cost marginally more than actively-cooled X1600 XTs from other manufacturers.

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