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Low power GPU (relatively speaking)

Dr_BenD_over

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I'm thinking about parting with my HD 4870X2 as it's WAY more card than I need for the older games I typically play, plus it's a rather toasty, power hungry monster. It looks like the 55nm GTX260 might be a good choice, but I can't say I'm a big fan of team green after my 8800GTS 320 experience. Is there anything else I should be looking at? Anything around the corner?
 

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You could always go with something like an XFX 4850, 4830...
Lower level than that, and I'd imagine cheaper than what you payed for your X2 card.

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Seldszar

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You could get a single 4870 instead of the X2. Simple ... around 230-260 for the 512MB version.

Lower would be 4850 as Soultribunal said.

The ones closest on the Nvidia side to the 4870 512MB are the 9800GTX+ or the first GTX260 model.
 

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Did they ever fix the power consumption issues with the 55nm versions of the GTX260?
 

CMetaphor

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What about 2x4670? Those are great on power and you can get 2 for about $200.
+1

4670's are great little cards that perform amazingly well for their price and don't even need a 6-pin PCIe connector. Highly recommended if you truly want a low-powered gamer video card.
 

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You can never have too much power, only too little...

Keep the 4870X2, and weren't you going to WC it anyways? I swear I remember you made a thread about it Dr_BenD_over. All joking aside, I'd go with an XFX 4870 or XFX 4850.
 

Dr_BenD_over

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I'm no thermal engineer or anything, but I suspect no matter how I cool it, it's going to dump the same amount of heat into the room, unless I run the rad outside or something silly like that. And of course there's the power bill.
 

Soultribunal

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Then Grab a pair of the XFX or their Cousin HIS 4670 Cards and call it at that. You'd be able to pay for both cards from selling that one x2 you have I'd imagine.
That would work very well for your needs, and those cards run a lot cooler too.

ST
 

SKYMTL

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XFX should be releasing their HD 4670 in the next few weeks if it isn't out already. I would say to go with either two of those or a HD 4870. However, remember that performance scaling with two cards is never as good as a single more powerful card.
 

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