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Gigabyte X1600 Pro Video Card Review

Former staff writer    -   December 12, 2006
Category: Video Cards
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Price: $99 USD


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Introduction

Gigabyte, a name that has been around in the industry for years.  Ranging from one side of the hardware spectrum to the other, Gigabyte is defiantly not a new name in the computer industry.  Today we will be taking a look at a seeming revival of their old line, earlier this year we reviewed a card that used their “Silent Pipe” cooling.  The x1600 Pro that we are looking at today has a revival of the Silent Pipe, dutifully dubbed “Silent Pipe 2”.  While usually not crowned as the king of performance Gigabyte does one thing, and that is manufacture a solid mid-market product, hopefully this x1600 Pro will fill the slot for ATI based mid market performance, with the addition of the “Silent Pipe 2” it is bound to be a sneaky competitor as well.

Closer Look

Well upon getting this package I was caught a little off guard by the size of the box, as well as the weight of the unit.


Though after unpacking this became apparent what the weight was from.  As this card does not use a traditional heatsink, instead it uses what Gigabyte is calling “Silent Pipe 2” which is a giant heatsink attached to the GPU, with heatpipes leading to a secondary set of fins, on the other side of the card. 


This card though small is quite heavy as of the solid block cooler design, I was curious to see how this card would perform under load, or in a crowded case.  Along with the card it also comes with some DVI-D-Sub adaptors, as well as a Video In/out adaptor.





  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation, Specifications and Testing
  3. Benchmark: Far Cry
  4. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  5. Benchmark: Doom 3
  6. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  7. Benchmark: Quake 4
  8. Benchmark: Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  9. Conclusion
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