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Need a good low profile graphics card...any recommendations?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Sick of the banding problem that Intel just can't seem to fix so I'm looking for an inexpensive, quiet, low profile graphics card. I do zero gaming and just need something to handle video duties on my HTPC. It needs to be able to do 3D as well. Which is better...Nvidia or AMD/ATI? Thanks.
post #2 of 16
Low profile puts a dent in choices. A GT 640 or GTX 650 will handle anything media, and any current renderer.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by Tiddles88 View Post

Low profile puts a dent in choices. A GT 640 or GTX 650 will handle anything media, and any current renderer.

GTX 650 doesn't have any low profile cards that I see.

OP the lowest you would want to go I'd say is GT 430 for bitstreaming support and such. If you don't care about that, go cheaper and get a GT 210.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Definitely need bitstreaming support. I basically use my HTPC for watching TV with my Ceton cable card and watching blu-ray rips from my NAS. My rips are 1:1 MKVs, and I have some 3D blu-ray isos as well.
post #5 of 16
ASUS GT 430 (there are lot of GT 430/GT 630=440 cards with lower effective memory clock, you'd better avoid them).
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by renethx View Post

ASUS GT 430 (there are lot of GT 430/GT 630=440 cards with lower effective memory clock, you'd better avoid them).

Looks like a good deal. Thanks for the help everyone.
post #7 of 16
I have the Sapphire LP 6670 and like it quite a bit.
post #8 of 16
I have an Asus Nvidia GT520 it has 2 gigs on board memory, it's low profile, it's silent has all the bells and whistles and it works very well. Can be had with or without a fan without and you'll lose the slot below.
post #9 of 16
I agree with Dave. I use the Asus GT520 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005J4XMFW/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i01) in two of my HTPCs. It comes with a full and half height slot cover. It does TrueHD and DTS-HD Audio Bitstreaming over HDMI. The added bonus is that it's passively cooled. No fan to make noise. Pretty decent price too! smile.gif
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Originally Posted by ConradC View Post

I agree with Dave. I use the Asus GT520 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005J4XMFW/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i01) in two of my HTPCs. It comes with a full and half height slot cover. It does TrueHD and DTS-HD Audio Bitstreaming over HDMI. The added bonus is that it's passively cooled. No fan to make noise. Pretty decent price too! smile.gif

I think I have that exact same card. The only complaint is the large heat sink makes getting access to the clip to remove the card difficult on my machine. Disclaimer--I've not tried 3D with it.

Why am I not seeing any mention of ATI cards in this thread? I thought ATI was generally preferred here?
post #11 of 16
ATI is now AMD and AMD has issues with their drivers and software compatibility with their video decoding hardware, making Nvidia the golden standard for HTPC graphics cards.
post #12 of 16
What I don't like with AMD HD 6xxx are:

- Slower video memory and system memory communication (no biggy unless you know what I am talking about). HD 7xxx (including Trinity) do no suffer from this problem.
- For BR 3D with a HDMI 1.3 AVR, you will need another GPU for HD audio bitstreaming. If onboard video (if exists) supports HD audio bitstreaming (SNB/IVB/Llano/Trinity all do), you can use it.

What I don't like with GeForce are

- No full RGB support right out of the box (can be fixed).
- The worst clock for 24/1.001 Hz. Creating a custom resolution is a fix, but that causes another problem with the clock in 3D mode (so you will have to switch back and forth between 2D and 3D).
- No 88.2KHz/176.4kHz audio sampling rate (no biggy unless you are an audiophile)
Edited by renethx - 12/12/12 at 6:39am
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by LexInVA View Post

ATI is now AMD and AMD has issues with their drivers and software compatibility with their video decoding hardware, making Nvidia the golden standard for HTPC graphics cards.

Thanks. Yes I knew about AMD buying them out, and can only remember which company they bought out because ATI begins with the letter A and also has three letters.

I had missed that switch in preference with ATI though. I never liked them because I hated their monthly release of updates. I called releasing software based on the calendar as being a "rolling beta" program. I believe they recently stopped that, so it's ironic that they ave now having more driver issues.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by renethx View Post

What I don't like with GeForce are
- No 88.2KHz/176.4kHz audio sampling rate (no biggy unless you are an audiophile)

Seriously? To me that's huge! So all stream rates are not created equally? Its important not to just verify that a card will do HDMI audio, but also enumerate the supported sample rates? Does this info. exist anywhere?
post #15 of 16
Perhaps I am the only source of information on the Internet. Most audiophiles use a sound card to play hi-resolution audio files so that almost nobody cares for the sampling rate supported by HDMI audio.
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Originally Posted by renethx View Post

Perhaps I am the only source of information on the Internet. Most audiophiles use a sound card to play hi-resolution audio files so that almost nobody cares for the sampling rate supported by HDMI audio.

Hi Renethx, I'm in the same boat than the OP. I found two issues (among several others) with Intel HD 2500. The first, I cannot use the Quicksync decoder and madVR when switching from 59p (desktop) to 23p (movie), this is now a known bug. The second is the really bad picture quality playing back my 1080i60 home videos with MPC-HC and madVR.

Since I do care for the sampling rate supported by HDMI audio, which Low Profile card would you recommend: HD 6570 or HD7750?

Regards.
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