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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 3:00:53 PM

Im having a little trouble looking for a good spec graphics card that produces low power suitable for my iDEQ 210. The machine only has a 200wt power supply so one that produces the least amount of power would be ideal. Im not looking for anything ultra modern but something that would be good for basic games, internet and video playback. Obviously the better the spec then the better. It certainly has be a big improvement over the viachrome onboard graphics.

The pc will be running the following:

P4 SL6WH 2.6GHZ - Specs here:

80gb Hitachi Deskstar IDE HD

1gb PC3200 on two sticks for dual channel (Ive not got these yet but I soon will do)


Two internal fans

Any advice would be much appreciated, I cant seem to find any power consumption specs on any the cards ive been looking at!

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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 3:21:27 PM

Honestly your best option is to grab a slightly more powerfull PSU but check out ATI's new 4600 series graphics card to be released sept 10th those are supposed to be very low power draw and decent performance however I still think it might be out of your range with a 200wt psu.
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 3:29:33 PM

Hi Losiluke. The problem is that a new psu wouldnt be worth my while, its a special sized unit for the sff case so finding one would be costly and tricky. Thanks though, are the Radeon 4600 cards both AGP and PCIE?
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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 6:56:14 PM

a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 6:56:34 PM

tell me if you need agp or pcie card and I will take a look (:
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 7:19:02 PM

Sorry - Its AGP
August 31, 2008 7:21:41 PM

I would think the 4600 would overwork a 200 watt PSU. I had a friend with a shuttle case with at 200 watt powersupply and it would shut down after a few seconds when he installed his 7600 gt.
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 7:22:50 PM

I read that the 7300 gs uses 16 and the 7600 gs uses 27 wts but Im not sure what my other components will leave me to play with.
August 31, 2008 7:32:02 PM

3850 agp :D 
August 31, 2008 7:48:47 PM

If I were to guess I would say the 7600 GT is going to be closer to 75 watts. I don't think the 7600 GS would be that low, maybe 50. I would guess your CPU is around 60 watts. If you have only one harddrive a few fans and an optical drive I would guess the rest of your computer would consume around 50 watts. You would most likly be left with sufficent power but those 200 watt small form factor PSU are not the greatest...
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 7:54:19 PM

The intel website says the cpu Thermal Design Power is 69wt. I got the ratings for the 7600 and 7300 from this page:

Id a like a card that takes up around 20-30wts at load.

a c 412 U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 8:34:10 PM

pulasky said:
3850 agp :D 

No. At peak power consumption of 63.1w that's too demanding on the 200w PSU given the other components.

Someone mentioned the Radeon 4650, but that is estimated to use 50w of power.

Without knowing the exact specs of the PSU, I will simply assume it only has 13.5 amps on the 12v rail to power the CPU, GPU, fans, hard drive, optical drive.

Under load the amp consumption on the 12v rail would probably be as follows:
P4 CPU................................5.8a
1 Hard drive........................1.2a
1 DVD drive.........................1.2a
1 120mm Fan......................0.6a

Total Amp Consumption......8.8a (under 100% load)

That leaves an estimated 4.7a available. But, it is not a good idea to max out the any rail on a PSU so I would recommend looking at nothing using more than 2.7a or 32.4w. The remaining 2a (24w) will act as a buffer zone for those sudden spikes that may occur.

I would say that the Radeon 2600 Pro is probably your best bet (unless there is no AGP version).

It would be wise to look at the PSU's specs before buying a GPU.

a c 412 U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 8:43:19 PM

The 8600GT performs better than a Radeon 2600 Pro, but I haven't seen any power measurements of the card itself. I'm sure the 8600GT consumes less than 40w, but I'm not sure if will be a low as the Radon 2600 Pro.
a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2008 10:57:14 PM

Thanks for the info Jaguar, the power supply I have can be found here:

Any specific info on my set up with the psu and what id be left with to buy a card would be much appreciated