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May 27, 2009 7:58:09 PM

I'm currently running a 7900gs on a 300w Dual Rail PSU
It's been running fine for a few weeks now. I've just decided I'd like to upgrade to a DX 10 Card.

What would you suggest, knowing I cannot upgrade the PSU...
as it an extra small, mATX PSU

Thanks

EDIT: These are the three I've been looking at.

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a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2009 8:22:53 PM

Try the ATI 4650 or 4670

Both are better than the 9500GT.

The 9600GT is a good choice if you have a PCI-e connector on your PSU. But for the price, you're better off getting a ATI 4830 (which performs equal to a 9800GT, and costs the same as a 9600GT).
May 27, 2009 9:42:44 PM

Well I have also been looking at this 4670 as it does not require external power, and It appears to have sufficient cooling.

I just briefly looked over some 4830's and they all seem to require external power.

-Dstats

EDIT: Just as a side note, I'm completely happy with my 7900gs, I'm mostly looking for something that will preform better (just marginally is fine), consume similar or less power, and be DX 10
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a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2009 10:04:16 PM

4650s are cheaper and draws less power than the 7x00 series...and it's better than anything in the 7x00 series.

The 4670 is better than the 4650 but more expensive and draws more power.
May 27, 2009 10:19:18 PM

4670 is a good choice gigabyte reviews
put together a shuttle xpc and bought this card based on its low power consumption and size. It is recommended to use a 400 watt power supply with this card but my shuttles 250 watt psu is running it just fine under windows XP
sapphire makes a good card gigabyte asus they all should run cool
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 28, 2009 12:34:00 AM

I just stumbled across this 9800gt Low Power Version
What do you guys think?

Should I be able to handle that?
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2009 12:38:31 AM

It probably means 30% less energy during idle, and same amount of energy during load.
May 28, 2009 1:16:01 AM

Whats your computer specs?
May 28, 2009 1:26:46 AM

The computer as it sits currently is

CPU: Core 2 Duo E7200 @ 3.0Ghz
Mobo: Zotac /w nForce 630i
Ram: 2x1gb 800Mhz DDR2
Video: 7900gs
PSU: 300w /w 24amps 12v

Windows Vista (32bit)

I think that's all relevant specs.

-D
May 28, 2009 2:45:06 AM

How does the 4670 compare to my current 7900gs?
If they are quite comparable I'm inclined to just stick with that because of its heatsink/ventilation.

-D

I should probably note that I will not be playing above 1280x1024 any time soon..
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2009 3:27:24 AM

^ That list is kinda bad.

It ranks 3way CF below 2way CF, and 2way CF below single cards.

Must be a driver issue
May 28, 2009 3:59:26 AM

edeawillrule said:
512mb HIS IceQ Radeon HD 4670 Turbo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The best 4670 of them all.



That's the one I order about 15 minutes ago.

I like the first review there
"It seems to run a little hot. Right now, as of posting its at 40celsius."
lol 40c I wonder what he'd think if he had an ol GeForce that got up to 80c ... lol

also if you look at my 2nd post, that's the one I linked :D 


oh
anandTech and Legit Review
is where I got the Power Consumptions
May 28, 2009 6:57:34 AM

I miss my old 7900GS. It's good to see someone is still enjoying one of those. Crazy to think it cost $220 when it first came out. Luckily I paid $180 :) 
a b U Graphics card
May 28, 2009 11:25:15 PM

Dstats89 said:
That's the one I order about 15 minutes ago.

I like the first review there
"It seems to run a little hot. Right now, as of posting its at 40celsius."
lol 40c I wonder what he'd think if he had an ol GeForce that got up to 80c ... lol

also if you look at my 2nd post, that's the one I linked :D 


oh
anandTech and Legit Review
is where I got the Power Consumptions


Mine idles at 38-39. The hottest it has ever gotten is 62 at 30% fan speed after Folding@Home for 12 hours lol.
And for comparison's sake the Geforce 8600 GTS in my old comp idled at 53 and stayed around 80 under load at 75% fan speed lol.
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