Topic Title: Low-power Radeon GPU?
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 06/16/2013 09:52 PM
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I am just starting to do some research into a discrete graphics card to upgrade my desktop PC. I'm not a hardcore gamer or anything, I would just like a snappier system, and I believe that the onboard graphics are one of my current big performance bottlenecks. I do watch online video, and play casual games (SimCity 4 is about the most graphics intensive I go!), but I think any of the discrete cards in AMD's current product line can handle those tasks. Here are my basic system specs:- Current graphics: On-board ATI Radeon HD 4200- O/S: Windows 7 Ultimate x64- System Make/Model: HP Pavilion p6616f- Power Supply: 250W- Display Device and Connections: HP 2010i, DVI- CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 830- System Memory: 6GB, Samsung PC3-10600 DDR3Those are most of the basics. My primary concern is power. Not that I'm going to need to upgrade my power supply (I'll do that if needed), but I'm specifically interested in graphics cards that are designed to use minimal power (for budget/environmental reasons). Unfortunately, I cannot find anything in AMD's current product line that is marketed as a "green" GPU or similar.Can anyone give me some tips on cards that may fit my criteria of low power consumption? I was looking at cards like the HD 6650 and the 6670, but I'm not sure how the power consumption of these cards compares to other models.

Edited: 06/16/2013 at 10:09 PM by slavrenz
 06/16/2013 10:09 PM
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I apologize that everything is squished in one paragraph - I can't seem to fix this.
 06/16/2013 11:14 PM
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Don't believe everything which carries the word "green" in it, it's a hook some companies use to get your money. Anyway look at the HD 6450 for $25. It has a TDP of less than 30 watts and has over 6 times the power of your HD 4200. The HD 6670 has a TDP for 66 watts which considering the stock HP power supply I would not feel comfortable recommending. If SimCity 4 is your most graphically challenging game, you won't notice any difference from the 6450 to the 6670.

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 06/23/2013 03:06 PM
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Thanks for the response, black_zion. I'll look at the 6450. The TDP is also helpful - I wasn't sure exactly which specs I should be looking at for minimal power consumption.I try not to be a sucker for "green" products, but usually those labels are at least sufficient to get me thinking about the product lines I need to be focusing my efforts on.
 06/23/2013 03:40 PM
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Okay, so I'm down to 4 cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103227; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102933; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121439; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127584Does anyone have any experience with these? I'm leaning towards the ASUS or the Sapphire just because of price, since all of the specs seem almost identical.
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