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Can a ATI/Radeon HD 4670 graphic card run well on a 350 watt PSU?

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July 8, 2010 10:31:07 AM

I am interested in buying this graphics card :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They are from Sapphire and HIS and it says that it is recommended that it runs on a 400 watt supply. My computer is a Dell Inspiron 530 and it says on the CPU:

"The maximum continuous total DC output power will not exceed 350W. The maximum continuous combined output power (5V & 3.3V excluding the 5V auxilary output) is 160W. The maximum continuous combined output power (12VA & 12VB) is 300 watts."

Will my computer be able to handle the card and run well?
July 8, 2010 10:40:01 AM

Yeah, that'll most likely work just fine, it's not a particularly power hungry card.
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July 8, 2010 11:02:44 AM

What about the second card? Is it worth the extra 12 dollars?
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July 8, 2010 12:52:21 PM

BoredCrazy said:
What about the second card? Is it worth the extra 12 dollars?



no, the 4670 is not fast enough to effectively use 1GB of RAM
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July 8, 2010 7:52:23 PM

If it cannot be used effectively, then why would the manufacturer market it as a 1GB card? What makes it not able to use 1GB of ram effectively?
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July 8, 2010 7:55:57 PM

^- To sell it at a higher price making more money! Sometimes a slower card with more memory can run slower than same card with less memory as some GPU cycles are taken up accessing the larger memory buffer, and when the card does not have massive GPU performance, this is seen as a slowdown in FPS!
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July 8, 2010 8:08:33 PM

So in my case, I should get the 512mb card? Is there a big difference between 1GB and 512MB? I have read that there's not that much difference and the the only difference is the 1GB can play at a maxed out resolution, but the specs for both cards says that they are both 2560 x 1600. I'm confused D:
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a c 235 U Graphics card
July 8, 2010 8:10:11 PM

BoredCrazy said:
If it cannot be used effectively, then why would the manufacturer market it as a 1GB card? What makes it not able to use 1GB of ram effectively?


its marketing trick. nvidia and ATI build their cards differently and architecture changes from series to series. most people are easily confused by all of this so they tend to buy the card with the most RAM thinking its faster. PCs are sold the same way, toss more ram in the PC to make it seem faster.

why can't the 4670 effectively use 1GB of ram? it has to do with its gpu chip, stream processors and the rest of the card's architecture. its just to slow to effectively use it. its like having a long bed pickup truck and a 1.7L v-4 engine.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
July 8, 2010 8:15:51 PM

the ATI 4670 512mb DDR3 will work the same as the 1GB version
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July 8, 2010 8:17:39 PM

Hmm i see, thats pretty messed up for them to trick people like that. So I should just buy the Sapphire 512MB card right?
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July 8, 2010 8:22:59 PM

BoredCrazy said:
Hmm i see, thats pretty messed up for them to trick people like that. So I should just buy the Sapphire 512MB card right?

yeah i think you should go with that.i had an 8500 gt which died a few time ago and i bought a 1 gb 9400gt which is a rebadged 8500gt and it is giving me more slowdowns.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
July 8, 2010 8:26:15 PM

BoredCrazy said:
Hmm i see, thats pretty messed up for them to trick people like that. So I should just buy the Sapphire 512MB card right?


they are in the business of selling video cards not helping you out. most cards sold today come with 1GB even if they can barely use 256mb. the sapphire will do the trick
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July 8, 2010 8:52:16 PM

Ok, thanks for the help guys!
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July 9, 2010 1:44:06 AM

I just want the the Sapphire card, thanks for your suggestion though. I just wanted to know if there was any difference in the cards because they are the same but either have GDDR3 or DDR3. If there's no difference in GDDR3 and DDR3, I will go with the amazon one because it will be cheaper because of the rebate
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a c 235 U Graphics card
July 9, 2010 4:07:40 AM

they are the same cards
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