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Most powerful singlewidth card without pcie power

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September 1, 2010 1:02:27 PM

I need to buy about 50 single width graphics cards for hp systems that don't have pcie power plugs.

Which is the most powerful around? From the monthly graphics articles it appears it's the gt 240 ... but that looks very weak considering we have 2010.
September 1, 2010 1:54:51 PM

Not much faster than the nvidia, but thanks anyway.
I suppose 5670 or gt240 are the only real options.
Now if I could find a version with 2gb memory, that'd be grand .)
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September 1, 2010 2:11:03 PM

Cards in that performance group are barely strong enough to handle 1GB memory over 512Mb. Another concern about those HP´s is the size of the PSU installed. Both GT240 and HD5670 will run on 300watts but would be a struggle on 220watts with most of the draw being from the +12 volt rail. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5550-rade...
September 1, 2010 2:52:38 PM

rolli59 said:
Cards in that performance group are barely strong enough to handle 1GB memory over 512Mb. Another concern about those HP´s is the size of the PSU installed. Both GT240 and HD5670 will run on 300watts but would be a struggle on 220watts with most of the draw being from the +12 volt rail. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5550-rade...


If you're thinking gaming, even 512mb is plenty with those cards. However, our intended use is as alternative to the aging quadros we have in them currently.

We currently have a new version of one of our programs that doesn't even want to run on the old cards (showcase from autodesk).

As for power, ye I was concerned about that myself. But the power supplies are rated at 365W max with 160W max on the non 12v lines. That should be plenty for a card that is limited to pcie motherboard power.

ps. we've had 9600gt cards running on 250w hp psu's in the past. Had to replace the cards when we got new systems that didn't support dual width though. Went back to old quadro cards (equivalent of 6800gt)
a c 1318 U Graphics card
September 1, 2010 2:59:50 PM

With over 200watts for the +12 volt rail you should be fine! Finding the cards with 2GB installed Vram is the difficult bit. With sacrifice in GPU power and benefit in Vram these are available http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-102-904^14-102-904-TS%2C14-187-107^14-187-107-TS
September 1, 2010 3:55:59 PM

the ati one might be an option.
I wonder if doubling the vram gives more of a boost than the 20% gpu reduction takes away. Somehow I think not.
Oh well. I'll get an 5670 and see if it's any good for our purposes.

Thanks for the feedback.
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