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Pros: Quiet, reliable, fast enough.
Other Thoughts: Bought this in December 2009 to replace a WD Raptor boot drive; still going strong (June 2014).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Relatively short compared to many other graphics boards on the market, so will install in tight cases.
Runs fine with current AMD driver set (11-8).
There's not much else to say at this point. It's driving two digital monitors (1680x1050 and 1280x1040). The most demanding game this will face is Sims 2, which it runs smoothly with all settings maxed.
Cons: Given its relatively low power requirement, runs a bit hotter and with more fan noise than I would have expected, but neither are excessive. According to GPU-Z, the GPU temp tops out at around 71C at full load.
Other Thoughts: It's a bit early to draw any firm conclusions, but after a week this product is working without problems. The heat and fan noise are in line with what I have read in online reviews.Compared to other boards on hand (HD 4830 it replaced, HD 4770 in my machine, and HD 6850 that replaced it), this HD 6770 runs both hotter and with more fan noise. Under load, the fan is clearly audible over the other system noise.
Four eggs because of the temps and fan noise. It's true that I did not carefully research these two aspects of the board prior to buying, but now that I have the board, I would probably choose a different one if I had to do it again.
The 03/2011 WinXP 32-bit driver download for this board on Gigabyte's Web site does not support the board.
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz w/Arctic Cooling cooler
Cooler Master Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW
Corsair VX 450 power supply (the minimum, but have a TX 650 if needed)
Pros: No installation problems or obvious driver problems (crashes, BSOD). Fairly quiet.
Cons: Does not scale correctly at 1920 X1200 in Sims 2, on HP ZR24w. Tried different driver versions and different monitor settings; at that resolution, the image is squeezed horizontally, so that everything in the game looks short and fat. With ATI drivers 10-6 and 10-7 (not at the same time!), introduced an unpleasant wave effect when moving the "camera" around the environment, as if the game were under a layer of transparent water.
Will need to RMA for refund. I don't have sufficient need for the DisplayPort connection to keep trying different 5770s until I find one that works.
Other Thoughts: I do not have this problem with the MSI R4770 Cyclone I have been using. I chose this HIS product for its DisplayPort and two DVI connectors, but due to its inability to properly render a standard resolution in the one game I play with any frequency, I cannot keep it.
The HIS Web site freezes my screen with a Flash player error, so accessing support there doesn't work.
Gigabyte EP35-DS3R Rev. A2, BIOS F4
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (Wolfdale) @ 3.00GHz
Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro CPU cooler
Kingston KTC1G-UDIMM PC2-6400 x4 (4096 MBytes)
ATI Radeon HD 4770 (MSI R4770 Cyclone)
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad
SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 320GB
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB
IBM Model M keyboard (1391401) :)
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