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8800 GTS 320Mb Replacement

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November 19, 2009 2:08:51 PM

Hello folks, I've got a question for you.

I currently have a C2Q / 8800GTS system. I don't really play any intense pc games anymore, so I am in the market for a power-efficient yet modestly powered graphics card. I have no preference as to whether Nvidia or ATI makes it. I think I would prefer something fanless but I am willing to have one with a fan.

Any help would be much appreciated :) 

Thanks Tom's readers!
November 19, 2009 2:14:15 PM

I went your way also, i picked up a 4670. I recommend the same, or a 4650, i have heard they have fanless in one of those models.
a c 140 U Graphics card
November 19, 2009 2:18:55 PM

I don't like fanless gpus, they can get pretty hot if they don't have a large enough cooler or you dont' have a breeze in your case. The 4670 is a nice card that will even allow you to play some games.

Why not just keep your 8800GTS? you want to spend money on a more efficient card that might save you a couple bucks in power over a year? That's kinda silly. No offense.
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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2009 4:12:29 PM

November 19, 2009 4:23:05 PM

As far as playback of HD video is concerned, does the 128-bit memory bus matter?
a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2009 4:25:50 PM

Since you don't game much keep your 8800GTS.It will play all modern games(Though not at high).

BTW Whats your budget for the card?
a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2009 4:52:18 PM

the 5750 makes up for a small bus with faster memory
November 19, 2009 6:05:48 PM

He is looking for less power consumption, the 8800 gts 320 uses a lot of juice. Over a few years the savings can add up. Plus, he can turn around and sell the 8800 gts for something, especially to someone who might want to SLI there current 8800GTS.
a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2009 6:11:55 PM

5xx series are some of the best low power cards round
November 19, 2009 6:46:59 PM

The idle characteristics of the 5xxx series are nothing short of amazing in terms of power consumption. Obviously when gaming the situation changes and it behaves more as a normal card... but who games 24/7? If this is a PC that is going to be left on 24/7 a new video card MIGHT not be a horrible investment. Most people go after the low powered cards for heat/noise reasons... but hey, to each his own!
November 21, 2009 4:43:37 PM

The HD 5xxx series does look pretty appetizing.

Nvidia just launched the 240, I know it doesn't have as much power as the 8800GTS, but what are your opinions on that card?
November 21, 2009 4:47:44 PM

shubham1401 said:
BTW Whats your budget for the card?

I would like to get away with spending less than $120, but I am willing to go beyond that for special circumstances.
a b U Graphics card
November 22, 2009 2:50:40 AM


This will be a real improvement over your card and it is energy efficient too.
You can wait for prices t come down.

2Nd option is HD4670 .
3rd option is HD4770.

Performance wise 5750>4770>4670

See the power requirement of these cards and decide yourself.