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 Post subject: gfx card advice passive HD4670 or wait for passive HD5570?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:58 am 

Joined: Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:35 am
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Location: Leicester, UK
Hi all. Love the site. Got a great Antec 2480 case based upon the review on this site and are running a 785 mobo using onboard graphics. An Athlon II x3 405e completed the core of the machine.
My priorities are:-
    Low power
    Silent (or very quiet)
    Performance (should play 3D games at 1366x768 resolution)

(running Windows 7 64bit btw)

I'm thinking of upgrading the graphics card off the onboard one.

Should I go for a passive HD4670 or wait for a passive HD5570 to come out?
I do not fancy fiddling with after-market passive coolers. I suspect that the HD5570 at half height may never have a passive cooler as standard. I know the HD5750(?) has a passive cooler but that's out of my price range.

Any advice? Am I missing an obvious alternative?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:11 pm 

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Location: nanaimo BC Canada
I think it would depend on what kind of gaming your doing. The 5450 in my HTPC is good for only very modest gaming. I can play some stuff on it at 1920x1080 if i have the detail quite low. Such as Dirt2, NFS-Shift and Street Fighter 4. Other older RTS are also no issue.

The 4670 you are looking at thumps the 5450 by a wide margin, but still requires good case cooling which might not be any better then a video card with decent active cooling.

I would suggest to look for a 5670 that has a temp controlled fan, it would be probably cheaper then a passive cooled alternative and offer better performance. They sometimes also have the ability to control there fan in software to allow you to choose that compromise of noise and temps.

Antec P180, Intel [email protected](400x8)1.2v w/ninja b passive, 16gb Corsair DDR2, Corsair HX520, 2x120mm Noctua, BFG [email protected] (software fan controlled), Asus P5Q-ProTurbo, sb-xfi premium, Corsair F60 SSD, 2tb WD green and 5lb Peal&seel /w some acustipac type product=faint, needs no work and weighs 60lbs.

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