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Hey guys, well my old ati 1650 I had in the family PC is on its way out so I'm looking for a replacement. I was thinking a 5450 but I found this cheap 4670 and thinking it might be a better option, though the memory is on the slow side.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150525

The only requirements are 1080p playback and I'd like it to be win7 aero capable as well, what do you think?

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Does it have to be ati?

if so http://216.52.208.185/Product/Produc...82E16814102882
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It will be windows 7 Aero capable, and as long as you are not highly benchmarking you should be fine. I use an 8400GS with 256MB VRAM in my internet computer for friends and it holds its own in almost everything.
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What CPU does the PC have?

What IGP does it have (if any)?

If it's capable, just use the PC's IGP if it has one. Less power, noise, dust, heat, cost, and point of failure.

If it needs one, I imagine pretty much anything? It's a Radeon X1650, and most stuff you find will outdo that if it was fine.
post #5 of 12
4670 is faster than 5450. 320 shaders vs. 80 shaders.

1 GB vram is plenty for a HTPC.
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I am currently running an 8600gts I dont know about 1080p though. I dont run my games in a decent resolution too
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No it doesn't have to be ATI, I just checked through that route cause ATI generally has far more to choose from in the low end bracket. I'd prefer to stay away from sapphire as well. I've had 2 gpu's fail, both of which were sapphire.

Running an athlon 6000+ and no integrated, was my old custom.

I know for the price the 4670 is a better choice than 5450 which are comparably priced, my only thought is the slow memory might negate it's edge, but probably not
    
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No it doesn't have to be ATI, I just checked through that route cause ATI generally has far more to choose from in the low end bracket. I'd prefer to stay away from sapphire as well. I've had 2 gpu's fail, both of which were sapphire.

Running an athlon 6000+ and no integrated, was my old custom.

I know for the price the 4670 is a better choice than 5450 which are comparably priced, my only thought is the slow memory might negate it's edge, but probably not
Don't worry about the 50mhz difference in the memory clock dude It will HARDLY make any difference, as they're also both GDDR3 and the 4670 packs 4x more stream processors than it, and that's what you'll want to look at (80 vs 300).

Heck, you could even OC it to bump up the clocks on it if you really really wanted to

Also, here's a lil comparison just for reference: http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=625&card2=579
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Don't worry about the 50mhz difference in the memory clock dude It will HARDLY make any difference, as they're also both GDDR3 and the 4670 packs 4x more stream processors than it, and that's what you'll want to look at (80 vs 300).

Heck, you could even OC it to bump up the clocks on it if you really really wanted to

Also, here's a lil comparison just for reference: http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards....=625&card2=579
Not the 50mhz I was talking about, this 4670 is ddr2. Having trouble finding a benchmark to see just how much slower ddr2 leaves it. But if the difference isn't enough to bring it close to 5450 levels I'll go with that.

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Well after a lot more searching I still can't find any benchmarks to see just how much ddr2 bottlenecks the much larger stream processors on this 4670 compared to the ddr3 5450.
I know I'm nitpicking and it doesn't much matter for it's purpose, but I'd still like the best I can get. So if someone could put my mind at ease about that, it would be much appreciated.

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