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need recomendation/help finding AGP card for HTPC - passive

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January 10, 2007 6:11:02 PM

I need recomendation AND help finding AGP card for HTPC
I would prefer passive cooled or really really quiet.
thanks
a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2007 7:09:20 PM

Well you can get good options for passive, the question is what is it you're doing with the card, games, photochop, what?

Options are very limited for what's easily obtainable;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

The Gigabyte X800XL is much faster but harder to find;
http://www.etech4sale.com/Etech4sale_GIGABYTE_X800XL_25...

The X1650Pro, GF7600GT, X1650XT and GF7900GS all come in passive models but for PCIe only.
Of course you could make your own from the AGP X1650XT, GF7600GT, X1950Pro like some other people have;
http://www.sudhian.com/index.php?/forums/viewthread/942...

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January 10, 2007 7:59:35 PM

HTPC which stands for Home Theater PC
basicially a PVR to watch and record TV from an analog cable connection.
I don't know if there is any special processing need or if one chipset performs better than another. I just don't want to hear it, staying cool would be nice.
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2007 8:28:27 PM

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HTPC which stands for Home Theater PC


Thank you, I know, but the question was more along the lines of WHAT ELSE, integrated will do alot of the things an HTPC does.

Quote:
basicially a PVR to watch and record TV from an analog cable connection.
I don't know if there is any special processing need or if one chipset performs better than another. I just don't want to hear it, staying cool would be nice.


All of that can be done by integrated graphics.
If you already have a Motherboard, as the AGP restriction would imply, then just get a cheap X1300 would be the best bet, the problem is finding passive AGP.

For now the GF7600GS I linked to is the best, but might be overkill and for what you listed above anything would do, from a Radeon 9000 to a Geforce 6200.
January 10, 2007 9:31:25 PM

You know, I don't follow the graphics forum as closely as a lot of you guys do, but I was very impressed with the X1650XT review on Elite Bastards. It really is a good card, although, as they note, it's a little bit late in the game. There is a passively-cooled one on Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814161054

I've always been a fan of passive cooling solutions, but they are always limited in offerings and usually overpriced.
a c 358 U Graphics card
January 10, 2007 11:48:44 PM

Quote:
I need recomendation AND help finding AGP card for HTPC
I would prefer passive cooled or really really quiet.
thanks


If you do not intend on playing any games on your HTPC then the integrated graphics processor (IGP) will work fine if your motherboard has one.

If your motherboard doesn't have IGP, then click the following link for a list of passively cooled AGP video cards:

List of passively cooled video cards.

I would skip the Xabre video cards (the first two listed) though since they are basically a no namebrand product in the graphics world. You want to stick with a graphics chip made by ATI or nVidia.

If you want to take a chance, I have an old ATI Radeon 7500 64MB video card that I no longer use, but it has a fan. I am willing to sell it just for the cost of shipping since I have no use for it. Assuming the weight of the 7500 and packaging is only 2 pounds it will cost $6.05 to ship by Priority Mail (2 days) via USPS from Zone 1 to Zone 8. That's basically from NY to California, less if you live in a closer Zone. If the entire package is between 2 and 3 pounds then it will cost $9 to ship to California by Priority Mail.

If interested just PM me and I'll test the card just to make sure it is still working and make sure the fan is still really, really quiet.

Actually, I changed my mind. I'll charge the cost of shipping plus $1. I think I want to pick up a hotdog on the way home.

Click the following link to view USPS Priority Mail shipping charges:

http://www.usps.com/rates/priority-mail-rates.htm
a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2007 4:57:37 AM

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You know, I don't follow the graphics forum as closely as a lot of you guys do, but I was very impressed with the X1650XT review on Elite Bastards.


The problem is he needs AGP.

The X1650XT AGP I've seen is active cooling. Although the IceQ is quiet as HSF go;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

For AGP he's kinda screwed for passive options.

For PCIe there's even a tonne of HDMI equipped cards out there I'd recommend too, but AGP is a big limiting factor here.
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