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Graphics card to play 1080p, quiet

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
February 20, 2011 12:00:47 PM

I need a graphcis card to play MKV 1080p videos. I have an old x1950 pro but its running hot 70-100 degrees c. what can you recommend. I won't be playing any games just videos. it needs hdmi and dvi.
a b U Graphics card
February 20, 2011 12:02:23 PM

Hello there,
Power supply? Budget? Location? Specification?
February 20, 2011 12:04:58 PM

My bad, should have listed my spec. erm hyper type m psu 550w, e6850 running at 3.7ghz, asus p5k, 4gb 800mhz ram, x1950 pro (currently). Well cheap I guess, 40 quid. I'm from the UK.

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a b U Graphics card
February 20, 2011 12:27:20 PM

You can't get a video-card for £40 that will run 1080p with DVI & HDMI.
February 20, 2011 12:34:21 PM

Ok what is the minimum price. and what graphics card?
February 20, 2011 12:55:59 PM

actually this MIGHT* (go and google reviews for this card on toms or anywhere else if you want to check whether it'll run 1080p) work. I'm not a low-end user so I'm not entirely sure.
However if you are trying to play MKV videos, you may want to try Media player classic and fiddle with some of the settings? I remember playing MKV vids on my netbook, unfortunately I completely forgot how to do it, you'll need to google it :p

February 21, 2011 4:36:24 AM

A 9800 GT. It's cheap nowadays. For the cable connectors you can buy the DVI-HDMI dongle.
February 24, 2011 8:15:37 PM

My Intel GMA4500MHD can run 1080p HD MKV videos with no issues (12GB inception worked perfectly), and that card chipset is like worth 5 bucks. Not sure if it has HDMI output though, probably not.
a c 358 U Graphics card
February 24, 2011 9:04:51 PM

I would look into the HD 5550 or HD 5570. They are more than capable of video playback and are relatively power efficient and relatively quiet. The HD 5570 consumes 19w while playing games so playing video will probably be around 12w - 15w. The HD 5550 consumes less.

If you want to spend a little more money you can buy a passively HD 5550/70 which will be silent, but you need decent ventilation in your case.