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GTX260 Alternative

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May 11, 2011 7:23:35 PM

Hi,

I currently have an EVGA GTX260 in my PC.
I am not too much of a gamer but do enjoy an occasional SCII session. However, the GTX260 card is sitting right next to my Adaptec 5805Z RAID and creates a lot of heat which makes the RAID card run hotter and it is a no no for me as this is a my home-business PC and I cannot afford the controller to go down.

Is there a card on the market that has similar GFX characteristics of GTX260 but is not as bulky and doesn't run as hot?

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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 11, 2011 7:35:02 PM

The HD5770 is right on par with the GTX 260 and lower power/heat. It uses about 20/80w of power in idle/load vs 40/150w for the GTX 260. Power used is directly related to heat given off by the card.
This is the model with the best cooling and it's a nice deal with the rebate;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 11, 2011 8:01:56 PM

Very nice, thank you very much for your help :)  I was wondering how loud is this card? The PC is mainly used for a bedroom recording studio so I would also like to keep the noise pretty low, I see that it has two fans.

Also, I have been a huge NVIDIA fan and always had bad luck with ATI, however it is not a deal breaker for me, I will go ATI if I have to, but is there a lower power NVIDIA like that?

:) 
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a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2011 9:16:18 PM

No.
The GTs 450 is alot worse, and still makes more heat, the HD 5770 is better in very way.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
May 11, 2011 10:32:45 PM

What kind of motherboard do you have? What kind of case? Instead of buying a new card you might be better off fixing airflow problems.
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May 11, 2011 11:42:40 PM

I do have a Cosmos S case from CoolerMaster. 5 Fans case fans and a Coolermaster V8 on the CPU.

So I would assume that is plenty of airflow?

It seems like HD5770 is the way to go given its its much less power and heat.

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a b U Graphics card
May 12, 2011 1:50:00 AM

logika said:
I do have a Cosmos S case from CoolerMaster. 5 Fans case fans and a Coolermaster V8 on the CPU.

So I would assume that is plenty of airflow?

It seems like HD5770 is the way to go given its its much less power and heat.


*nod nod*
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May 12, 2011 4:37:52 PM

Do you think I should possibly go with 5670, because according to this thread:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/302211-33-power-direc...

It is much lower power and noise than both 5770 and 260 and like I said before I am not planning to max out 1920x1200 on highest settings.

And also I have 2 monitors so, how would I connect them to the card given it only has 1 DVI port?

Please advise. Thank you!
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 12, 2011 5:43:34 PM

The HD5670 is really intended for low resolution(1280x1024 and below.) At high res the HD5770 or your current GTX 260 is approximately 80% faster so switching to the HD5670 would be a large performance hit.
As for needing two DVI ports adapters can be found very cheap. This one is $2.75 shipped;
http://www.amazon.com/HDMI-Adapter-Plated-Connector-Fem...
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May 12, 2011 5:57:14 PM

Oh ok, got it! 5770 it is. Once again thanks for your help and input.
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a c 171 U Graphics card
May 13, 2011 1:09:15 AM

The 5770 while a great card is a bit weaker then the GTX260. The 6850 you linked or the GTX460 would be the card you want if you want to maintain/exceed your current performance level.

I wouldn't worry about your PSU. If you can run your GTX260, you can run a newer similar card.
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May 13, 2011 1:22:46 AM

Very good, what about the Heat/Noise level on the 6850, and don't forget I am trying to get a lower power PSU that is silent from SeaSonic (450W).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151099
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a c 171 U Graphics card
May 13, 2011 1:43:24 AM

If your going for a silent PSU you want to ignore Nvidia. Their cards simply require to much power. The 6850/5770 will be as high as you'll want to go. I don't have any experience with that card, but with two big fans it should be quieter then most.
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a b U Graphics card
May 13, 2011 1:43:26 AM

You are going to have less power use and less noise with the 5770.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 13, 2011 1:56:27 PM

4745454b said:
The 5770 while a great card is a bit weaker then the GTX260. The 6850 you linked or the GTX460 would be the card you want if you want to maintain/exceed your current performance level.
This is not so. You are probably still thinking of the initial review on early drivers. Once the drivers matured the HD5770 caught up to the HD4870/GTX 260. He also hasn't even said which GTX 260 he has, 192 or 216. The HD5770 would definitely be an upgrade over the 192 model.
The HD6850 is a more powerful card(approximately 35% faster) but under load it does use about 30w more as well.
BTW that power supply is crazy expensive though I guess it is silent. Here is a page dedicated to PSUs that are pretty quiet for some other options;
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs
If silent is your main priority there actually is a passively cooled HD5770 I remember seeing. It doesn't seem to be selling in regular stores any more but it is on ebay;
http://compare.ebay.com/like/250802842948?var=lv&ltyp=A...*F%3F&GUID=71a1eca31290a0645e9119d1ffb467b1&itemid=250802842948&ff4=263602_309572
http://compare.ebay.com/like/200594947824?var=lv&ltyp=A...*F%3F&GUID=71a1eca31290a0645e9119d1ffb467b1&itemid=200594947824&ff4=263602_309572
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May 13, 2011 1:59:31 PM

Thanks a lot! Everything is very clear, I think I am going to go with Passive HD 5770 or the MSI Hawk and Silent PSU 460W. The question is...do you think 460W will be enough?

By the way I do have the 216 EVGA GTX 260

:) 
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a c 171 U Graphics card
May 13, 2011 3:59:35 PM

Even if the 5770 had more mature drivers, etc bumping the speed up, I really doubt it ever really caught up to the GTX260. Past the 192 sure, but those never really sold a lot and I do mean the 216sp version.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/172?vs=170

It is close, but to spend $100 for basically the same performance doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
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May 13, 2011 4:01:15 PM

Trust me...I don't really want to spend the money and I understand the perfomance is the same. The PC is mostly used for audio production, just sometimes for gaming (I maybe play (30 mins a day). So noise and no heat (given I have premium components inside) is a no no.
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May 13, 2011 4:12:02 PM

You could sell your 260 and recoup some of the money.
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May 13, 2011 4:21:14 PM

Karch_32 said:
You could sell your 260 and recoup some of the money.


Exactly....anyone wants to buy a GTX260? hah I actually had to go and buy a fan from Walmart today open my case and put it next to it, because my Adaptec card is right next to the GTX and it was operating as high as 95C last night, when the normal operating temperature is 55C.
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May 13, 2011 4:40:20 PM

Shoot me a price via PM, as I may want one on this rig when I pull out my GTX 460 for my new one.
Thanks.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 13, 2011 5:45:38 PM

4745454b said:
Even if the 5770 had more mature drivers, etc bumping the speed up, I really doubt it ever really caught up to the GTX260. Past the 192 sure, but those never really sold a lot and I do mean the 216sp version.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/172?vs=170

It is close, but to spend $100 for basically the same performance doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Yeah, here's one of the last techpowerup charts that included the GTX 260. It's got both models;

So I guess a lil performance hit but it is closer to the 216 than the 192.
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