PowerColor Bravo X700 PCIe Review
With this new Silent Cooling System, PowerColor had added something really
interesting onto their graphics card. Complete with large oversized heatsinks
and heatpipes running from the front of the card to the rear of the card,
this raised the bar for quality in thermal dissipation.
Of course, not every system has the capability to run this fanless card.
Small form factor systems and mATX cases might not have enough ventilation in
the case to cool this card. Because of such scenarios, PowerColor had added a
very quiet 60mm fan in the package, specially meant for SFFs, mATX systems, and
overclocking. Well done to PowerColor, for catering to every level of
The card with the optional fan screwed on. This fan is extremely silent, to
the extent that we could hardly hear the whine even right next to the running
Spring loaded screws on the card, to ensure pressure being properly
distributed, and also, to prevent chipped cores.
The card, being stripped naked of it’s elaborate cooling solution.
The core of the card. Like the Gecube X700Pro AGP we have reviewed recently,
this card also spots similar markings on the core; only
“X700″ is written on the core, without any suffix. It is unlike the older PCIe X700Pro
having X700XT marked cores.
PowerColor uses Samsung DDR2 3.75ns BGA for this card and there are in total
8 of such memory chips on the front and back of the card making up 256MB. It was the first time for us
to hear of memory being rated at such odd latencies.
As you can see, 4 more RAM chips are located at the back of
The I/O connectors on the card. Dual DVI for this model, and TV Out!
Placed side by side with it’s intended contestant, the Leadtek Winfast
PX6600TD, based on NVIDIA GeForce 6600.