Galaxy 9600GT low profile checks out on DELL C521

Hi, to all those people that thought a slim line case would be cool, only to realise that you were rather limitedon graphics card selection (like me!).

6 months ago I purchased the MSI 8600GT 256MB low profile to play Crysis, I had to run it at 1024x640 on mediam settings, which was a bit of disapointment.

After a bit of researce (PSU, dimensions, etc), I purchased the new Galaxy 9600GT 512MB low profile.

I am impressed, my slim case DELL C521 has been given a new lease of life playing Crysis Warhead, I can now run quite happily on 1280x800 with Gamer settings. Come to think of it, it may go higher, I haven't tried yet.

I ran this utility called Video Card Stability Test (don't know how meaningful it is) and the score was 441, compared to a score of 140 on the MSI part and 42 on the original x1300 that came with the machine.

My DELL C521 came with a 280W PSU which copes quite hapily. I measured the AMPS and assuming a 20% efficency loss from primary to secondary, all is well within operating limites. The 12V rail is rated for 16A, which is plenty for my simple setup.

I do seam to have the same thing that many other people have reported about the framerate in Crysis dropping to almost a pause for a short while before returning to normal during fighting, not sure what is causing this. I keep quite a close eye on all the services and processes that are running on my PC, and running the latest drivers for everything. I'll follow this up on InCrysis if no one has a quick answer here on that one.

Anyway, I know that DELL C521 and HTPC with decent graphics is a hot topic for many like myself and I just wanted to let people know its works.

They even put a sticker on the box recommeded it to HTPC users.

** However: I except know liability for anyone that follows me without upgrading their PSU to +400W as recommended by Galaxy (Galaxy are assuming a worst case here with the rest of your machine typically drawing more current then your typical HTPC or DELLC521 setup).



DELL C521 (SLIM CASE) Athlon64 x2 2.6GHz 5000+, 2GB RAM, 500GB 7200 rpm, 9600GT 512MB LOW PROFILE
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  1. awesome i have the same system except i bought a LP hd 3650. Im waiting for the 4650 to come out, if one isnt released by November ill get this.

    Thanks for the info!
  2. Uh, X, they've already got out the 4670 on newegg, should be faster than than the 4650, which I think newegg also has. But the 4670 is only about 80 bucks, and it not supposed to require an additional connector.
  3. For anyone else that's followed this thread...

    My DELL C521 is still ok with the Galaxy 9600GT low profile, but as a precaution and after a lot more research, I have upgraded my PSU to a 700W one anyway.

    The Arctic 700W psu is fairly priced, quiet and has very long cables, so it sits on the floor next to the computer, looking reassonabley tidy.
  4. Umm....

    The 9600GT consumes 60w of power, upgrading to a 700w PSU is overkill.

    I can run my X1900XT 512MB (120w power consumption), Q9450, 4GB RAM, a sound card, two DVD drives and 5 HDDs on a 550w PSU without breaking sweat.

    Add three 120mm fans including one for the CPU.
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