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 Post subject: Nvidia card recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:10 am 
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I need a silent or very quiet Nvidia vga card but haven't been able to see one Googling. It is not for gaming only for browsing and Photoshop work. Can anyone recommend a fanless card or a quiet fan card (like the Sapphire Vapor-X solution), please?

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 Post subject: Re: Nvidia card recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:30 am 
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David Cole wrote:
I need a silent or very quiet Nvidia vga card but haven't been able to see one Googling. It is not for gaming only for browsing and Photoshop work. Can anyone recommend a fanless card or a quiet fan card (like the Sapphire Vapor-X solution), please?

Usually Photoshop works don't require anything but lots of fast RAM.

So, if I were you, I would take any fanless GT520/430/240 which I may like. They are seriously underpowered, but who cares.
A much more expensive alternative is to look for one of the last MSI GTS 450 Cyclone OC.

If you don't mind about an AMD (ATI) card (someone does :wink: ), any fanless HD 4670/5550/5570/5670/6570/6670 would also work.

Some usually useless high capacity VRAM might be welcome also.

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 Post subject: Re: Nvidia card recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:01 am 
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Hi, I’d second the suggestion of passive 2xx or 4xx card. Probably a GT430 offers best bang/buck. Take note the 1GB versions often have slower (some significantly so) memory speeds, I’m not sure with Photoshop whether more RAM or faster RAM is better, maybe look on Photoshop forums.
Asus have a passive GT440, which I think is just a higher clocked 430.
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVID ... _SLDI1GD3/
810/1620 1GB 1800DDR3

I just used an Evga GT430 512MB in a build, as was cheapest card! £33 ish from Scan.co.uk, comes half height (mostly) with a small single slot heatsink and tiny fan. It starts off lovely but once the drivers kick in it takes a minimum 65% fan speed that is plainly audible and whiny. Not good, a quick BIOS mod later and the minimum fan speed was dropped to 35% at which the fan stops! With its very low idle clock speed the temps stay reasonable and as soon as loaded the fan starts up at reasonable level and doesn’t need to get back to 65% even under furmark!

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 Post subject: Re: Nvidia card recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:14 pm 
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Thanks very much for your advice. I'll get the GT440 fanless.


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 Post subject: Re: Nvidia card recommendation
PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 5:47 pm 
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The highest GPU on nvidia passive is the SPARKLE GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card, a little more expensive but comes with GDDR5 and its fanless.

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