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Passive GPU advice needed

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hi all,
Lately I've bought the following components and finally built it (HTPC/Gaming PC purpose):


CPU Intel Core i5-2400S 2.50GHz (65W, 6MB Cache, DDR3-1333 memory limit)
CPU Cooler Scythe Big Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler SCBSK-1000
MOB P8H67-M EVO
GPU Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5670 Ultimate Passive
SSD OCZ VERTEX 30GB
HDD SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA x 2
PSU Enermax Modu87+ 500W
Case Silverstone Grandia GD05 (3x120mm fans)
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 DDR3 1333 CL8 (F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM)
DVD ASUS DRW-24B1ST
Mouse/Keyboard Logitech Dinovo Edge

My problem is that when I tried to insert the above passive GPU, the case height wouldn't allow it (there are ~2cm extra) so I need your advice on a similar performance card which would allow Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream and all the newest format that any ATI HD5XXX allow, would be passive and would fit in height to my Silverstone GD05 case (The current dimensions of the card are (H)15.5cm x , (D)3.6cm, (W)19.8cm and as mentioned, the height shouldn't be more than 13cm).

As for playing performance I'm mostly playing Battlefield II, Fifa2011, Crysis, ...

Have any recommendations?
post #2 of 14
The list of cards that fit in are on the web-site of Silverstone

http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...pno=GD05&area=

AMD Radeon HD 5870 11"
NVIDIA GeForce GTX295/280/260/275 - 10.5"
NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX/9800GTX+ - 10.5"
AMD Radeon HD 4870X2 - 10.5"
AMD Radeon HD 5850 - 9.5"
NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX/9600GT/GTO - 9"
AMD Radeon HD 4870/4850 - 9"
post #3 of 14
Slim cases and gaming cards don't play nice together. I don't get the whole super slim case thing unless your entertainment center is just that full.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by gaburko View Post

The list of cards that fit in are on the web-site of Silverstone

http://www.silverstonetek.com/produc...pno=GD05&area=

AMD Radeon HD 5870 11"
NVIDIA GeForce GTX295/280/260/275 - 10.5"
NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX/9800GTX+ - 10.5"
AMD Radeon HD 4870X2 - 10.5"
AMD Radeon HD 5850 - 9.5"
NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX/9600GT/GTO - 9"
AMD Radeon HD 4870/4850 - 9"

This is the length limitation and not height limitation for my opinion...
post #5 of 14
Oh what a burn that thing has a big heat pipe on the top. Would be a problem in a lot of htpc cases I think.

So the card has to be passive? Your limiting yourself very much there.

I just recently bought this 5670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-870-_-Product

Yes it has a fan but for all intents and purposes this thing is silent. I could hardly hear it with my case lid off when I was setting it up.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by whiteboy714 View Post

Oh what a burn that thing has a big heat pipe on the top. Would be a problem in a lot of htpc cases I think.

So the card has to be passive? Your limiting yourself very much there.

I just recently bought this 5670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-870-_-Product

Yes it has a fan but for all intents and purposes this thing is silent. I could hardly hear it with my case lid off when I was setting it up.

Maybe you hear other fans in your system and not this one? do you know if the fan is working all the time or from a specific temperature?
post #7 of 14
OP- You're SEVERELY limiting yourself by going only passive on your GPU. It's really tough cooling a decent gaming card while gaming with a passive cooler. You end up having to have really good airflow throughout your entire case. A better bet would be a card with an high quality active cooler that exhausts out the back of the case. Many coolers these days are virtually silent when idle or watching videos or DVDs and only ramp up when taxed by games like Crysis. In all honesty, when playing a game, the sound is up and will usually cover any fan noise.

BT
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by bjterry62 View Post
OP- You're SEVERELY limiting yourself by going only passive on your GPU. It's really tough cooling a decent gaming card while gaming with a passive cooler. You end up having to have really good airflow throughout your entire case. A better bet would be a card with an high quality active cooler that exhausts out the back of the case. Many coolers these days are virtually silent when idle or watching videos or DVDs and only ramp up when taxed by games like Crysis. In all honesty, when playing a game, the sound is up and will usually cover any fan noise.

BT
Thanks for the reply.
Do you have any recommendations for these kind of semi-silent cooled GPUs?
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by lirsch View Post

Thanks for the reply.
Do you have any recommendations for these kind of semi-silent cooled GPUs?

One of the quieter brands that vents completely out of the case is the HIS IceQ. They have the HD5670 and also the HD5770. The 5770 requires the 6-pin PCIe adapter, but has a 2x molex to 6-pin included.

BT
post #10 of 14
The Zotac Zone GT430 is Fanless should be fine for HTPC. Not sure about gaming, guess it depends on the type of games.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by digital_alchemy View Post

The Zotac Zone GT430 is Fanless should be fine for HTPC. Not sure about gaming, guess it depends on the type of games.

Nah its too weak for any decent gaming.

I agree iceq 5770 would be good. Or better yet do some research and find a quiet gtx 460.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by whiteboy714 View Post

Nah its too weak for any decent gaming.

I agree iceq 5770 would be good. Or better yet do some research and find a quiet gtx 460.

You can use one GTX460/560 Video card and change the cooling system.
You can consider to buy one prolimatech mk-13 with 2 big fans (120mm) undervolted!


http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...Fq-FluRLKW&t=1

bye
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by rinorho View Post

You can use one GTX460/560 Video card and change the cooling system.
You can consider to buy one prolimatech mk-13 with 2 big fans (120mm) undervolted!


http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...Fq-FluRLKW&t=1

bye

Don't forget it's a Silverston GD05 case
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by lirsch View Post

Don't forget it's a Silverston GD05 case

Yes I do and explain better it, here:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1319068
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