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Been away for some time. Whats the cheapest yet viable card for an htpc these days? Mainly for watching cable and 1080p mkv's.
 

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Sapphire fanlesss hd 6450 1GB 64bit only 7 watts playing a Blue Ray TDP is 18W.
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-6450-vs-Radeon-HD-5450

it does a great job up scaling DVD to 1080P also . I replaced The on board video that did not have HDMI in an hp phenom II x4 slimline box with the HD6450 it's hooked up to the

Sony KDL40R450A as a second larger screen to the PC in my bedroom along with the ROKU and Dish sat I use it for a gen purpose box and daily driver and rip DVD's occasionally on it I'm typing on it now. OFC the HD 5450 will do 1080p just fine as well the 1 gb 6450 is much faster overall though.

6450 is a bargain if you can find it on sale within maybe 10.00 of the 5450 otherwise the 5450 is good also. TDP on the 5450 is about the same
 

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6450 can be found cheap, maybe even same price depending where you look, come fanless as well.


Slightly more powerful (2x shader cores) though still low end, easier to find with displayport which is more handy for computer monitors these days, and dp-->hdmi cables are pretty much same price anyways. (just make sure its one that passes audio)
 

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Guys, don't get me wrong. I've NEVER seen HD6450 with FANLESS at $10 AR.

If you can see that really good deal, please post at "Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!"

Much appreciate it.
 

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Originally Posted by whiteboy714  /t/1521889/whats-the-go-to-htpc-video-card-today/0_100#post_24465972


Still the 5450 huh. The mobo I am using has no hdmi or I would go IGP.

6450 if you find it on the lower end of things. Probably an R7 240 or 250 if you wanted something decent with 3D
 

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HD 6450 1GB DDR3 is not a gaming card for sure but will run COD. It's a decent 1080P HTPC ready card though has audio pass through , *some 3D support and multi screen . Sapphire HD 6450
 

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Originally Posted by Mike99  /t/1521889/whats-the-go-to-htpc-video-card-today#post_24470015


This used to be on sale every so often. I got one some time ago on sale, free shipping & after rebate was $15.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127584


If you're not in a hurry just wait for a good sale.

Thanks. I had several times to grap it at $10 AR, but I didn't. Why? It's definitely not fanless.
 

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Originally Posted by Elpee  /t/1521889/whats-the-go-to-htpc-video-card-today/0_100#post_24473188


What did you mean *some* here?

Why not ALL 3D support? Or you're not sure what's you talking about?


There is a lot of different 3D.


Frame packed, half SBS, half Top Bottom, Full 3D SBS (3840x2160), OU, half OU, MVC ISO, MVC MKV.. etc.. etc...


Being limited to 2560 x 1600 that card won't do full 3D for starters.
 

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Originally Posted by Elpee  /t/1521889/whats-the-go-to-htpc-video-card-today#post_24473176


Thanks. I had several times to grap it at $10 AR, but I didn't. Why? It's definitely not fanless.

Correct, it does have a fan. On a positive note it fixed my stuttering problem for only $15. I do hear a very slight amount of noise from the HTPC but am not sure if it's coming from the video card fan, the CPU fan, or the PSU fan.
 

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 This one IS fanless... , and not a bad price after rebate. However, don't get in a hurry for Sapphire's Rebate structure to get you the card...

On a side note, how does the 6450 play with a lower wattage power supply. I know you can get away with a bit less for the 5450, just curious...
 

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Originally Posted by kevin g.  /t/1521889/whats-the-go-to-htpc-video-card-today#post_24475479

This one IS fanless... , and not a bad price after rebate. However, don't get in a hurry for Sapphire's Rebate structure to get you the card...

On a side note, how does the 6450 play with a lower wattage power supply. I know you can get away with a bit less for the 5450, just curious...

Sapphire fanlesss hd 6450 1GB 64bit only 7 watts playing a Blue Ray TDP is 18W. it will work w/ stock PSU. I have one in an HP slimline phenom II X4 945 box with a 220watt PU it works fine for over 1yr so far see post 5
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-HD-6450-vs-Radeon-HD-5450
 

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Originally Posted by kevin g.  /t/1521889/whats-the-go-to-htpc-video-card-today/0_100#post_24475479

This one IS fanless... , and not a bad price after rebate. However, don't get in a hurry for Sapphire's Rebate structure to get you the card...

On a side note, how does the 6450 play with a lower wattage power supply. I know you can get away with a bit less for the 5450, just curious...

That is a lot of $$$ for such a weak card IMO.


I always get sucked into something just a tad more expensive but way more powerful. A good idea if you ever might game, madvr or do real 3D

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150613

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161391

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202055

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150699


Just a few examples.


For me I find almost no value in a $40 6450 that's weaker than my iGPU.


an R240 or 6570/6670 is usually only a few bucks more but offers quite a bit more power and better 3D performance.







The cheaper R240 and R250 cards are probably a better total value even that they cost more you get more.
 

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The R240 and R250 cards are cool and all for the money but if all you are doing is 2 D /1080P ,streaming video ,DVD,s and Blue rays and no gaming the 6450 is fine and G3D benchmarks are no big deal but if you do ANY gaming the R240/250 is definitely the better card . OTOH they both have fans and can use ~65-75 watts that might be a concern for *some stock PSU and *some HTPC builds .




The HD 6450 's can be had for $25.00 sometimes less with a rebate usually somewhere ( I got mine for 14.95 after rebate )and they have HDMI. Some motherboards that support IGP/ CPU's may not necessarily have an HDMI connection. I have an HP i5 desktop like that also HP slimline AMD Phenom II x4 ,same thing only DVI-D and VGA . If you have an IGP and HDMI connection on the main board you shouldn't usually need one .


HDMI also gets around the HDCP thing for protected content . HD6450 look fines at 1080p for movies and video 5450/6450's upscale DVD's or (other) 480p well. R240/R250 probably won't look any different * if not gaming* just saying .
 
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