Thanks, the GT 740 seems to be about the same horsepower as R7 250, which is the best passive AMD card i can find here. So yes, it's an option in general, but i think it will have trouble to run modded skyrim at ultra on 1080p. Which is exactly why i didn't buy the passive R7 250 and instead i went R7 260X with fan...
The rest of the offerings, the various 210, etc, are too weak. I have several spare HD5450 and HD6450 and i have 2 passive HD6570. So anything below GT 740 isn't worth it, because i alrady have its AMD equivalent. My HD6570 actually overclock successfully to HD 6670 levels.
The passive GT 740 looks good from a TDP point of view, if i decide to change one of my rigs that currently have HD6570. But i don't see it happening, as i don't play on those rigs.
Thanks though. The italian shops are filled with passive HD5450, HD6450, R7 240, GT 210 and similar. Basically, HTPC/office solutions. You can't even find the HD6570 passive anymore. The top passive card is R7 250 and only 1 shop sells it. Nvidia manufacturers don't seem to care about anything better than the GT 240 as passive solution either... So yeah, it's pretty grim. This is why i ended up with GPU with fan. I had no other choice, upgrading from HD6570 (OCed to 6670). It could run Skyrim, but at medium the enemies would see me before i could see them. And you feel a bit dumb when you are a sneaking character. So i had to upgrade...
The market here is particular, because most adults aren't gamers and don't upgrade single parts too often either. So you have strange things happening. Look at the results for HD6450:
From 37 euros min to 82 euros max for a HD6450!!! When at launch time, they costed less! Because, many adults, want these low TDP, passive GPUs for cheap. So shop owners take advantage and raise the price.
I bought the HD6570s when they were "new" at about 60 euros each. And now you can't find them anywhere and instead they 're still selling HD6450 for 50 euros... Incredible... Because the HD6570 is running circles around the 6450.Edited by Undervolter - 10/26/15 at 7:34am