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?
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?