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Advice on low profile PCI 1080HD graphics card

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 27, 2008 10:14:30 AM

Im trying to get a PC to play 1080 HD.

The spec is a P4 3.4, 2x500gb drives (mirrored raid), 4GB DDR2 memory (details here: )

Currently it plays 720 fine but 1080 stuggles because it only has onboard graphics. I therefore guess the best solution is to get a graphics card that can do onboard HD decoding (almost all the new ones can now as I understand it).


The PC can only take a low profile card, only has standard PCI (not agp and the PCI express cant be used for graphics) and only has a 250w power supply.

So...given the above criteria is there anything out there that could help me? Do they still do PCI graphics cards?

March 27, 2008 2:46:20 PM

PCI, 1920x1080 resolution. You'll have to sacrifice a LOT of quality settings to play at that res, even with the most powerful PCI card out there (X1550, which is almost identical to the X1300Pro).
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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2008 3:03:34 PM

Actually I'd say the HD240 would be fine, it consumes less power than a GF6600 and likely that X1550 consumes more power too, which wouldn't require more than a 'GOOD' 250W power supply.

It's a Fujitsu and they are AWESOME *cough* no bias *COUGH*, but really it's likely a solid PSU like those that DELL and HP use that are slightly underrated and the 250W is not like some cheap $10 one at the computer depot.

I'd say it'll handle the HD2400, now whether or not that will impact you 1080 playback performance is another question. you have 2 problems, A) the HD2400, and X1600 and GF7600 and GF8400 sometimes can't playback 1080P even on a PCIe interface, whether or not the HD2400 PCI has the same restriction on acceleration as the other HDs over the AGP bus, you may receive no acceleration, and so it would be OK for gaming but little boost to stressful titles.

It will be better than onboard, but I wouldn't want to make any guarantees that it'll give you truly smooth playback for heavy bit-rates.
July 10, 2008 5:32:32 PM

Is this also a low profile card?

I just bought today for my HP SlimLine
July 10, 2008 6:09:11 PM

Wow, I totally mis-read this before. I thought he was talking about GAMING at 1080, oops. Anyway ...

maverick, if you were intending to provide a link, you must have forgotten it. Otherwise, I don't understand the question. On a sidenote, nVidia partner Albatron is releasing a few Geforce 8000-series cards on the PCI interface with low-profile compatability (8400GS, 8500GT, 8600GT).

To adjust my advice (albeit months late) the HD 2400 is the best PCI card available on the market right now. As soon as the Albatrons come out they will supplant it, but I'd imagine the value won't be there as they're likely to be rediculously overpriced (especially considering the HD 2400 PCI can be had for $45 after MIR )
a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2008 6:11:50 PM

Your HP slimline is probably a PCIe 16X equipped model like those I've seen.

With that you have alot more options.

Depending on what you're doing will determine what you want.

The most powerful option on NewEgg this HD2600XT;

IMO it would do a good job of tackling both games and HD content, more so than the HD2400 , GF8500/8400 and lesser options;
a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2008 6:15:01 PM

KyleSTL said:

To adjust my advice (albeit months late) the HD 2400 is the best PCI card available on the market right now. As soon as the Albatrons come out they will supplant it,

Yeah, I wouldn't say they all would, but the GF8600 will definitely do it, the GF8500GT will be better in some and weaker in others, and the 8400GS will usually be weaker all around.

But that 8600 will be a nice add on to some HTPCs that want a little more Oomph.