Originally Posted by assassin
I am not trying to be a jerk here but sometimes I think you miss the point of HTPC. This is NOT PC as I have tried to tell you multiple times over multiple months.
"Performance", up to a certain point, just doesn't matter for HTPC. Can you show me definitive evidence that a 7000 series card for HTPC is even noticeably better for HTPC uses (1080p, 720p, etc)??? What about 16x better which is roughly what that card costs?
So while it might be a "dog" in your world sometimes I wonder if your world is really the same world that resides in this particular forum at AVS.
You are missing the point when you are constantly rambling on about performance when increased performance isn't really even needed (or even wanted given the excess costs, heat and subsequent noise generated for no appreciable gain).
So I would encourage you to look at things through the needs of the HTPC users and not your own personal bias.
Calling the 5450 a "dog" is case in point. There are many on AVS that use that card and have excellent PQ and are quite happy. To suggest that they will notice a marked increase in PQ is just not correct and poor advice.
I never claimed there was any difference in PQ. I believe there would be no noticeable improvement.
Your putting words into my mouth.
I hear what your saying about the performance stuff- but it was you that compared the 7000 vs the 5450. Not me.
You stated about the power consumption.
To me that just seemed silly because who would ever compared them against each other? They are so far apart in application and use.
That was my only point.
I never once suggested anyone get a 7000 series or that it would make any difference at all in PQ. Your imagining both of these.
You took a single statement that was informational- not recommendation- and jumped on it.
I said get a 6670 for $65. It looks like he did and is happy.
Where was all the other advice of everyone at the start of this thread?
By my count I was the only one that put in any effort to provide a logical recommendation at all. It looks like he is happy.
Everyone else is happier to jump on me and fight over silly stuff, or rehash some senseless ATI vs Nvidia debate that is tired- rather than provide any real insight into helping the guy replace his dual card with a single card- for $50-$75 like he asked.
Bottom line is the 6670 is a great video card for $50-$75. There is little reason to recommend anything over it in this price tier.
If you wanted to spend under $50 then the conversation is totally different. But in my opinion there is no point in a sub $50 video card since CPU integrated graphics have advanced so far.
The video card market really needs to start at $50+ For a few years it might take a bit for this to happen since people have older hardware,with CPU and mother boards currently working and there might be a market for a $29 card now.
But the days of the $20 video cards are soon to be expired. Ivy level GPU performance without a video card has made them a "soon to be" thing of the past.