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Graphics Passive HTPC - HD4550 vs HD4650

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by voodoo2k4, 23 Dec 2008.

  1. voodoo2k4

    voodoo2k4 Ghetto Modder

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    I know have everything for my HTPC bar the GPU.

    I am amaing for a good spec HTPC that can also be used for gaming with an XBOX360 wireless controller so the gfx card is a tricky one. I want it to be passively cooled as silence is key :yawn:.

    I have found the following options out there. What would be the best one to go for as the 4650 is higher spec :rock: but the 4550 has gddr3 which apparently makes quite a bit of difference.

    Suggestions appreciated for other passive cards around the £50 mark. Linkies:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB-Gigabyte-HD-4550-PCI-E-20-(x16)-1600MHz-GDDR3-GPU-600MHz-80-Cores-D-Sub-DL-DVI-I-HDMI

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB-HiS-HD-4650-PCI-E-20-(x16)-1000MHz-GDDR2-GPU-600MHz-320-Cores-2x-DL-DVI-I-HDTV-Passive

    Or I can go with HTPC favourite the HD4350. Its brilliantly cheap but will its run games to a reasonable standard i.e. slightly worse than the above. Or is the gap huuuge?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/512MB-Sapphire-HD4350-PCI-E-20(x16)-800MHz-GDDR2-GPU-600MHz-80-Cores-D-Sub-HDTV-DL-DVI-I

    Thanks,

    Dean.
     
  2. ethanator

    ethanator Waste not want not

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    hmm... what games are you planning on playing?

    i would have a look at the gddr3 version of the 4650, as far as gaming is concerned you really cant go wrong for the price.

    as far as the ones u posted i would go for the 4650 just because of the higher specs

    check out the review on the sapphire 4550 512mb and 4650 512mb on http://www.driverheaven.net/reviews.php?reviewid=671&pageid=1

    hope this helps a bit:)

    edit: srry I guess that the 4650 gddr3 is not really passive. In that case i would go for the passive 4650
     
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  3. JaredC01

    JaredC01 Hardware Nut

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  4. Ending Credits

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    Not completely relevant but can I recommend Xpadder to handle your controller? (You'll have to find the link yourself I'm afraid but it's a good program)
     

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