Best Passively Cooled Graphics Card for Silent PC in 2017

Almost all graphics cards come with active cooling solution which consists of one or more fans and a heatsink. Most of the graphics cards come with only one fan but higher mid-range or high end overclocked graphics cards comes with dual or triple fans. These fans helps in faster cooling and keeping the graphics card temperature under control especially during heavy gaming and overclocking. Graphics Cards fans can be very loud sometimes and can be distracting for some users who want their PC to be silent in operation. So for a noiseless PC you will need a graphics card equipped with passive cooling i.e. only a heatsink and no fan. You can call these video cards as fanless graphics cards.

There are not much graphics cards with passive cooling available in the market. You can find some entry level graphics cards and low profile graphics cards with passive cooling but it is very difficult to find a powerful and midrange passively cooled graphics card. This is because more powerful graphics cards generate a lot of heat which is difficulty to be cooled down by a passive cooler or only heatsink. There are few powerful graphics cards that are passively cooled but they have bigger heatsinks and they may occupy more space inside your PC case. Passively cooled graphics cards are great for building Home Theater PC (HTPC) because here noise can spoil the movie viewing experience.

Here in this post I am going to list the best passively cooled video cards for users who want to build a silent PC.  You can expect to see good number of low profile graphics cards in this list.

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Best Silent or Fanless Graphics Cards from Nvidia

Here are the best passively cooled graphics cards from Nvidia.

Zotac GeForce GT 710 2GB DDR3 Low Profile Passive

Geforce GT 710 is an entry level graphics card that is powerful than your integrated graphics. Here we have Zotac GeForce GT 710 which is a low profile graphics card and comes with 2GB DDR3 memory. It is not a gamer’s card but you do casual gaming on it and play older games on decent graphics settings and resolution comfortably. You can even play the latest games like GTA 5 on low settings and resolution. The card comes with 192 CUDA cores which I think is way too god for a budget graphics card.

zotac-geforce-gt-710-2gb-ddr3Even with the passive cooling the card temperature remains well under control. You can also do fair bit of overclocking but do not push it hard because their is no fan and passive cooling is not designed for overclocking. It is a great budget card if you want to upgrade your PC graphics from onboard to something better and up the performance of your computer. It is also a very good card for multiple monitors setup. The card has lower power consumption and requires only a decent 300W power supply for its working. You can get this graphics card under 50 dollars from the link given below.

Zotac GeForce GT 710 2GB DDR3 Specifications
CUDA Cores 192
GPU Clock 954 MHz
Memory Clock 1600 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB DDR3
Memory Interface 64-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports VGA, DVI, HDMI

Buy Zotac GeForce GT 710 2GB DDR3

EVGA GeForce GT 730 2GB GDDR3 Low Profile Passive

GeForce GT 730 is also a budget graphic card but is more powerful than GT 710. Here we have EVGA GeForce GT 730 2GB GDDR3 Low Profile graphics card with passive cooling. This is the 64-bit DDR3 version of GT 730 and it comes with 384 CUDA cores which is double of what present in the GT 710.

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This is a fairly powerful card and you can play latest games at low settings at HD resolution. Games like CSGO, Far Cry 2, Skyrim etc. should run fine on decent graphics settings and with playable frame rates. The card has a bit larger heatsink and it can occupy two slots on your motherboard. This card is great for casual gaming, video editing, photo editing, Full HD (1080p) playback and for running multiple monitors. Highly Recommended by me.

EVGA GeForce GT 730 2GB GDDR3 Specifications
CUDA Cores 384
GPU Clock 902 MHz
Memory Clock 1800 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB DDR3
Memory Interface 64-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 2.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.4
Output Ports VGA, HDMI, DVI

Buy EVGA GeForce GT 730 2GB GDDR3

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 Zone Edition 1GB GDDR5 Passive

This is one of the most powerful passively cooled graphics cards in this list. GTX 750 is a midrange GPU that sits in between GT 740 and GTX 750 Ti. Here we got ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 Zone Edition 1GB GDDR5 graphics card that is passively cooled. The heatsink on this GTX 750 is quite big and it spreads all over the graphics card PCB. There are two copper heat pipes which I think are in direct contact with GPU for better heat dissipation. This is the Zone Edition of Zotac GTX 750 which means it has been slightly overclocked. The card is built on the relatively newer and advanced Maxwell GPU architecture.

zotac-geforce-gtx-750-zone-edition-1-gb-gddr5The card has dual slot design which means it will occupy two slots of space on the motherboard and PC case. The memory on the card is only 1GB which may seems a little lower for some users but the powerful GPU and faster GDDR5 VRAM makes up for it.  You can play latest games at medium graphics settings on decent resolution. This card does support 4K resolution and you can hook it up with your 4K monitor without any issue. It has all the required display connectors including DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. This is a good card for high-end HTPC (4K) where you don’t want any unwanted noise due to fans. It support Nvidia G-SYNC technology for eliminating display stutter or tearing of the screen. The exact model number for this card is ZT-70707-20M.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 Zone Edition 1GB GDDR5 Specifications
CUDA Cores 512
GPU Clock 1033 / 1111 MHz
Memory Clock 5000 MHz
Memory Size 1 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.4
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

Buy Zotac GeForce GTX 750 Zone Edition 1GB GDDR5

ASUS GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5 CSM

GeForce GT 1030 is an entry level graphics card from Nvidia in the Geforce 10 series graphics card lineup. This budget graphics card is the based on the Pascal GPU architecture from nvidia. GeForce GT 1030 comes with 384 CUDA Cores and on this card you can play eSports titles at good graphics settings with comfortable frame rates. GT 1030 offers better performance than the older GeForce GT 710, GT 730 and GT 740 graphics cards.

Here we have passively cooled variant of GeForce GT 1030 graphics card from Asus that comes with 2GB GDDR5 memory having memory interface of 64-bit. This is the CSM or Corporate Stable Model variant of the GT 1030 card which means it offers rock solid stability in gaming and other graphics related work. This card generates 0dB noise and is completely silent in operation. This graphics card is best suited for casual gaming, video editing, watching blu-ray movies, HTPC, running 4K monitor and for normal day to day work at home and office. The heatsink on this card is a little bit taller which makes the card to occupy two slots in your PC case or on your motherboard. This is also a low profile graphics card which means it can fit in low profile or slim cases too. On the connectivity front, it comes with DVI and HDMI ports. This card has very low power consumption and does not require external power from the PSU. It comes bundled with one year license of XSplit Gamecaster which is a very popular game recording and live streaming software. MSI also offers a similar low profile and passively cooled GeForce GT 1030 graphics card.

ASUS GeForce GT 1030 CSM 2GB GDDR5 Specifications
CUDA Cores 384
GPU Clock 1506 MHz
Memory Clock 3004 MHz
Memory Size 2GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 64-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI

Buy Asus GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5 CSM

Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX 4GB GDDR5

Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX is the latest and the fastest passively cooled graphics card. It is based on the GTX 1050 Ti GPU which is high performance mid-range GPU from Nvidia. The card is built on the latest Pascal GPU architecture and comes with 768 CUDA Cores & 4GB GDDR5 Memory.

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It has huge heatsink with heat pipes for better dissipation of heat. This card is a treat for gamers who want to build a silent as well as powerful gaming PC. The card is way too powerful for an HTPC but if you want the best silent graphics card and have the required budget then you should get this one only. It can run latest games on high settings on 1080p with playable frame rates. The temperature of the card also lies within safe range and it does not get very hot even during hours of gameplay. The card is new so availability can be an issue. So if you want the best passively cooled graphics card then you cannot find anything better than this one. Highly Recommended by me.

Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX Specifications
CUDA Cores 768
GPU Clock 1290 / 1392 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 4 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

Buy Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti KalmX

Best Silent or Fanless Graphics Cards from AMD

Here are the best passively cooled graphics cards from AMD.

Club3D Radeon HD 6750 CoolStream Edition 1GB GDDR5

To be frank Radeon HD 6750 is a much older graphics card as compared to others in this list, but for AMD fans I am mentioning it here. Despite of being an older card it is a fairly powerful card that is perfect for powerful HTPCs and for setting up multiple monitors.

club3d-radeon-hd-6750-cool-stream-editionThis card has got a big heatsink with four copper heat pipes for better cooling. It has dual slot design and comes with four output ports that include two DVI ports, HDMI and DisplayPort. This card does have higher power consumption and you will need a 600 Watt power supply for it.

Club3D Radeon HD 6750 CoolStream Edition 1GB GDDR5 Specifications
Stream Processors 720
GPU Clock 700 MHz
Memory Clock 4600 MHz
Memory Size 1 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 2.1
DirectX 11
OpenGL 4.1
Output Ports DVI x 2, HDMI, DisplayPort

Buy Club3D Radeon HD 6750 CoolStream Edition 1GB GDDR5

XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB Heatsink (RX-460P2HFG5)

XFX Radeon RX 460 is the most powerful passively cooled graphics card from AMD. Radeon RX 460 is budget mid-range graphics card from AMD that has performance similar to that of GeForce GTX 1050 but has lower performance than GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Radeon RX 460 is capable of running latest games on high-medium settings @ 1080p.

XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB GDDR5 Heatsink (RX-460P2HFG5)

This passively cooled RX 460 from XFX comes with 896 Stream Processors and 2GB GDDR5 memory. The top of the card is covered by a large heatsink with two heatpipes for dissipation of heat. The card is a bit longer compared to standard RX 460 cards because of the extended heatsink. It does not require external power connector from the PSU and has relatively lower power consumption. So if you want the best passively cooled silent graphics card from AMD then you won’t find anything better than this. There is also a 4GB version of this card which you can check out from the link given below.

XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB Heatsink Specifications
Stream Processors 896
GPU Clock 1220 MHz
Memory Clock 7000 MHz
Memory Size 2 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

Buy XFX Radeon RX 460 2GB GDDR5 Heatsink

Buy XFX Radeon RX 460 4GB GDDR5 Heatsink

See: Best Silent PC Cases to Build a Quiet PC for Gaming and Work

Final Words

Passively Cooled Graphics Cards are less common and are few in numbers especially the powerful ones, but here I have tried my best to list down the best passively cooled graphics cards that are completely silent in operation. If you have any queries or suggestion then you can reach me by leaving a comment below.

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