What is the best Low Power/Low Profile ATI video card ??
I would like to upgrade my 2 year old video card which is an ATI 4350.
Is there a better ATI card now that is low-profile and consumes about 20 Watts at full load like the 4350?
I need to keep the power consumption down to a minimum as my Dell has only a 250W power supply and I am already running an Intel E8600, 3 internal 2TB green drives and a 300GB Velociraptor in it.. It's been running fine for almost a year now with all this installed and running..
So is there a newer 20W-ish ATI video card I could upgrade to? Does any website publish ATI Wattage draw specs?
Thanks for the help..
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20W? No. However, Dell PSUs are a bit better than your standard OEM PSU, and can handle some mid low-end cards. An HD5570 should work fine; an HD5670 low profile would be pushing it.
The HD 5570 consumes under 20w and it is approximately as powerful as the HD 4670, maybe a little slower.
xbitlab's power consumption readings is odd. It doesn't line up with Tom's;
Following that chart, it seems the HD5570 and HD4350 both pull the same power (4670 - 4350 = 16, 4670 - 5570 = 16).
Wow... Thanks guys! You've been really helpful...
I was starting to think the ATI 5450 was my only upgrade option but its still only a 64bit card..
I was thinking of going fanless since I already have 4 HDs in the Dell and my current 4350 is fanless. Is this a bad idea? I surf, use Microsoft Office, play MAME games, and watch HD movies. I don't play any of the newer games so I am definitely always in the orange part of jaguarskx's posted graph shown above.
Also, on newegg the only fanless/lowprofile cards are made by HIS and Powercolor. Are these brands any good? I heard Sapphire is always the best brand to buy?? I don't want to get a card from a bad manufacture that gives me the speed but has blurry text rendition or artifacts during video playback.
I am upgrading just to get a snappier Windows GUI and better HD video playback. Will the 128bit ATI 5570 be twice as fast as the 64bit ATI 4350?
Both brands are good. I would probably choose the HIS though.
The HD 5570 is almost equal to the HD 4670, so that represents a significant improvement over your HD 4350.