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Best passively cooled video card for $100?

Old 12-22-11, 09:51 AM
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Best passively cooled video card for $100?

Hi,

Building a new computer. This will be a win7 build. I am really sticky to noise, so I am looking for a passively cooled (no fan!!) video card.

I am not a gamer, but would like to play the occasional game. I don't care whether the game runs at the highest detail settings though, so I am more than happy to compromise there.

I do like to watch HD though, so that is a requirement. But, the card would most often just be used in a computer with 2 LCD screens, so I do need VGA or DVI ports, and not only HDMI.

Ideally, less than $100, but if there's something that's just over that price range, then I would be more than happy to get that should the specs justify the increase in price.

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Old 12-22-11, 03:35 PM
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I bought the Zotac GT 430 for my HTPC. I don't play games though.
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Old 12-22-11, 03:44 PM
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Re: Best passively cooled video card for $100?

I am an NVIDIA fan myself ASUS makes a GT440 that is fanless.

http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/N...1GD3/#overview

A good ATI might be the RADEON 5450.

Most any newer video card will do great with HD and fine with lower to mid settings on most games.

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Old 12-22-11, 04:48 PM
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Re: Best passively cooled video card for $100?

probably a 6670 or similar would be the best you can get fanless for under $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102950
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Old 12-23-11, 08:27 AM
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I was thinking that since you don't have even a motherboard yet, look for one with interrated graphics that are either AMD/ATI with CrossfireX or Nvidia with SLI. That way you can get a compatible video card and combine them for better performance.
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Re: Best passively cooled video card for $100?

is it really economical to get say 2 5450 or 6450 or whatever and crossfire in contrast to a single 6670 or gt 440? you're also adding additional cost to buy a mobo that has cf or sli support.

most cards in the low-mid price range these days have dvi/hdmi/vga
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Old 12-23-11, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
is it really economical to get say 2 5450 or 6450 or whatever and crossfire in contrast to a single 6670 or gt 440? you're also adding additional cost to buy a mobo that has cf or sli support.
I was thinking more of getting 1 mobo with integrated graphics with crossfire, and 1 card with crossfire. See here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATI_Hybrid_Graphics

So something like this mobo for $60, which has integrated graphics with crossfire:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131728
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD...specifications

And then maybe a card like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129186
http://www.visiontek.com/5000-series/hd-5450-2gb.html

I don't know if the combination integrated HD 3000 and HD 5450 card with Crossfire would be any faster than a single 6670 though.
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Old 12-23-11, 02:32 PM
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Re: Best passively cooled video card for $100?

isn't the integrated 3000 a pretty low end onboard chip? also, if you are already spending $60 on a 5450, imo, you are better off spending $80ar on the 6670. you can also crossfire the 6670 depending on the mobo.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...ormance/3.html
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I think you meant to link to this page:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...ormance/1.html
AMD also introduces a new feature with their A-Series platform called "Dual Graphics". This is basically AMD's CrossFire in disguise. It combines the processing power of the CPU integrated Radeon graphics with an additional discrete graphics card. For optimum results, AMD recommends a low-end Radeon card like HD 6450, 6570 or 6670.
That certainly could be higher-end. Also, I didn't mean to suggest that the previous mobo/card combo I listed was a recommended real-world configuration to buy, I was merely using them as an example.

So, pairing an AMD A-Series chip, compatible mobo, and HD 6670 may give the best fanless performance (for AMD graphics):
http://soloreview.blogspot.com/2011/...o-at-high.html
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Re: Best passively cooled video card for $100?

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I think you meant to link to this page:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...ormance/1.html

That certainly could be higher-end. Also, I didn't mean to suggest that the previous mobo/card combo I listed was a recommended real-world configuration to buy, I was merely using them as an example.

So, pairing an AMD A-Series chip, compatible mobo, and HD 6670 may give the best fanless performance (for AMD graphics):
http://soloreview.blogspot.com/2011/...o-at-high.html
A 6770 would be substantially better, but it would be around $140, but I don't think that can be cf? It depends on what the op is going for. If a 5450 is adequate, those can be found on sale for $20 ar or less.
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