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How do you like the VisionTek Radeon HD 6670?

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June 18, 2011 4:59:07 PM

I'll use it for gaming and using the internet on Win. & Linux on my HDTV. I want this because it's of the 6000 series and (I read in a review) has a PCI Express X16 interface. The specs are at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 355 U Graphics card
June 18, 2011 5:54:24 PM

Advice Pro said:
I want this because it's of the 6000 series and (I read in a review) has a PCI Express X16 interface.


The same thing can be said for any modern video card.

I would research driver support for Linux. Traditionally, nVidia cards have work better than AMD video cards with Linux; then again I don't use Linux.

Generally speaking, the HD 6670 has about 10% more performance than the older HD 5670. However, the HD 5670 can be bought for as low as $45 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For $90 after rebate, I prefer the faster HD 5770 which has been rebranded to the HD 6770. It does use more power than the HD 5670 / HD 6670 though. I recommend at least a good quality 450w PSU or an average quality 500w PSU for the card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 20, 2011 2:41:42 PM

The only problem is that these cards' interface is PCI Express 2.1 x16 and my motherboard only supports:

  • One PCI Express ×16 (graphics interface)
  • Two PCI Express ×1
  • One PCI conventional

    Could you tell me what bus type I should choose from the box, I don 't know what generations are? At Certified Graphics Card Solutions page > Refine Your Results > Bus Type (sixth) dropdown box.
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    a c 355 U Graphics card
    June 20, 2011 5:25:55 PM
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    What is your exact motherboard brand and model #?

    Older motherboards, like my Abit IP35Pro from mid 2008, only has a PCI-e 1.0 or 1.1 slot. They can have compatibility issues with a PCI-e 2.1 card.

    If you do have a PCI-e 1.x slot, then you need to look for PCI-e 2.0 cards which are definitely backwards compatible. All Radeon HD 6xxx cards are PCI-e 2.1, and most remaining Radeon HD 5xxx cards are also PCI-e 2.1 as well.

    Here are all the current Radeon HD cards available from Newegg that are PCI-e 2.0:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

    The best price/performance card to get is the MSI HD 5670 for $65 after rebate. It is about 10% slower than a HD 6670.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


    The best card to get that is not too much above $100 is the XFX HD 5750 for $115 and it is more powerful than the HD 6670. It is equal to the HD 6750.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    June 20, 2011 5:51:10 PM

    I can't find the exact model of my motherboard at Gateway Support Documents.

    Are these cads backwards compatible? How can I tell so tthat I can find more?
    a b U Graphics card
    June 20, 2011 6:43:07 PM

    DO NOT, and I repeat DO NOT, buy an AMD Radeon card for Linux. The cards themselves are fine, but driver support for Linux is problematic at best (Ubuntu user here). Just get a GT 440 from Nvidia.
    a c 355 U Graphics card
    June 20, 2011 7:13:35 PM

    Advice Pro said:
    I can't find the exact model of my motherboard at Gateway Support Documents.

    Are these cads backwards compatible? How can I tell so tthat I can find more?


    The link does not work. You can call Gateway to find if your computer can support a PCI-e 2.1 card. Speak with tech support, not customer support.

    If you bought it prior to 2008, then you most likely only have a PCI-e 1.x slot.

    Lastly, did you research on Radeon compatibility with Linux as I stated in my 1st post?
    June 20, 2011 9:58:51 PM

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