Recently I've decided to build a HTPC and to go the route of an Intel G540 + discrete GPU. Usage being: running XBMC from NAS, streaming mostly 1080p content. I have been debating between the Geforce GT 430, Radeon HD 6450, and the Radeon HD 6570 - one caveat, the card needs to be low-profile. All can be had in a similar price range, maybe the 6450 a little cheaper, but since this is going into a HTPC, I need the card to be fairly silent. Passive-cooled cards have interested me, only be cause I've read several reviews of people complaining about fan noise, however, on the other hand with passive card, people complain about it running very hot. I had the chance to purchase this card, HIS H657HS2G Radeon HD 6570 2GB 128-bit DDR3
, for $40 after rebate, along with the option to return it within 60 days, so I thought why not test it out and see how it goes. Looked at some professional online reviews and saw the 6570 usually beating out the 430, so with the card being passive and low-profile, I thought it would be perfect.
Well I got the system up and running - just sitting out on a desk - and I ran some stress tests on the card, but I really have no idea how to interpret them or what to take from them. I do know, however, that the FPS I've been averaging is horrendous.
First, here are the results of a 3DMark Performance test:
Results of 3DMark Extreme test:
I do understand comparability, so on 3DMark's website, they have a history of results users have submitted with near identical hardware, which can be seen here:
So it looks like my results are actually below
the lowest. I did notice my card is only clocked at 1000Mhz, which is below the average of ~1334MHz, so I'm not sure how much of an effect that has.
Next, I did a Furmark 1920x1080 stress test for 15 min.
Still the card was just sitting on my desk with no fans. And actually an update to the Furmark score, I have been running the thing for the past 25 minutes and it seems to top out at 76 C.
So I guess I have a few concerns. Given these extremely poor results, should I be worried of the performance of the card? Are the temperatures within reason or are they a cause for concern? Any other tests I should run?
Oh and I built this thing today (first time ever building one) so it's a fresh install of Win7 and downloaded the latest AMD driver. Would really appreciate any input/suggestions/feedback/pointers/anything - feeling a bit deflated by these results.