just brew it! wrote:That $35 one you linked has a pretty drastically cut down memory interface (DDR2 instead of DDR3 and half the bus width). It has half the VRAM too, but 1GB is overkill for a card of this class so I guess I don't really count that against it.
I can't really get behind a 5450 when a 6450 has twice the stream processors while also having DDR3 and 1GB of VRAM for basically the same price. JBI, I hate to burst your bubble, but unless a passively cooled card
was a must, you could have gotten roughly 2.5x the GPU for the same cost by choosing a 6670.
Too late now, I'm sure you had your reasons, I know you're plenty knowledgeable. The need for display port output with low end GPUs is somewhat uncommon so you obviously pay extra in that category.
To the OP: Passively cooled 6450's cost about $30 after MIR here in the states.
If you're looking for an Nvidia equivalent, that would be the GT 520. Both the 6450 and GT 520 are right up your alley if you're not gaming, and for all practial purposes they perform the same. Just make sure you get the 1GB variants with 64-bit memory interface.
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