This review appears in the January 2007 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents.

Without the need for a fan to keep temperatures down, the passively cooled Gigabyte remains silent – even under full load. It features a significantly larger heatsink than most, and this envelopes much of the card. You'll need to ensure you have plenty of room in your case to squeeze it in.

The Gigabyte bundles a copy of Serious Sam 2 – it's hardly a thinking man's game, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. And the GT has two DVI- (digital visual interface) VGA adapters and a breakout box for an HDTV connection.

The card performed well throughout our benchmarking tests. Only our Oblivion tests managed to phase it; even on those it was miles ahead of the two X1600s, especially when pushing resolutions beyond 1,024x768 or with antialiasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.

Gigabyte 7600GT 256MB: Specs


The Gigabyte impressed us, but despite leaving the ATI cards in its wake, it isn't the fastest budget card here: that honour falls to the Gainward.