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Fast, Quiet, Power Efficient Video Card

Postposted on Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:20 am

I have a small HTPC that is running a i3 2100t with a Intel DQ67EPB3 mini-ITX motherboard. I'd like to find the fastest, most power efficient quiet video card available. I'm just not sure where that sweet spot is.

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Re: Fast, Quiet, Power Efficient Video Card

Postposted on Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:43 am

5150 wrote:I have a small HTPC that is running a i3 2100t with a Intel DQ67EPB3 mini-ITX motherboard. I'd like to find the fastest, most power efficient quiet video card available. I'm just not sure where that sweet spot is.

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The location of the "sweet spot" is going to depend on how much weight you give each of those three criteria.
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Re: Fast, Quiet, Power Efficient Video Card

Postposted on Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:48 am

Well, I'm just gaming on a 1080p TV, I don't care too much about excess eye candy or running it at maximum quality. I like to run games at the monitor's (in this case TV's) default resolution with normal settings. I don't care much about AA. I suppose I care more about idle power usage and noise than I do when gaming. ~$200 is probably my limit.
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Re: Fast, Quiet, Power Efficient Video Card

Postposted on Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:21 am

Radeon HD6850
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Re: Fast, Quiet, Power Efficient Video Card

Postposted on Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:47 pm

It may come down to what fits in your case. Can your case handle a double-slot graphics card?

Radeon HD6870 provides better gaming performance than the HD6850 with only a small increase in power usage under load. It's still well within your budget.
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