... But none look good for low profile cards
I'm new to this forum, and kinda new to overclocking.
The one system I since a few months ago overclocked is nothing to write home about: My HTPC with an atom 330, clocked from 1,6 to 2,1 Ghz.
Still, the 30ish % boost makes the sluggish In Order processor seem a bit less, well, sluggish.
The onboard Ion igp thing was crap, and after a month of trying to get hardware acceleration to work properly.
I guess I'll always be a guy who roots for the under dog: I bought a cheap HD5450, installed the drivers, ticked a few boxes in MPC-HC, and presto: avarage 20% cpu while playing back any type of media file.
But ever since I got the SFF setup, I hardly bother with my main desktop anymore (for the ones that like specs: AM3+ Athlon X2 3,0 Ghz, 4GB DDr3 1333Ghz, MSI HD4670 1GB GDDR3). LOL! My HTPC can even play Drgon Age: Origins with the 5450! (ok, not good, but still...)
Now, I just ordered a Saphire HD5570, 1GB DDR3, and whilst it's active cooling isn't as horribly obvious as the MSI 4670 (or so I read), I'm wondering if you guys know of any after market coolers suitable for a HD 5570?
Passive would be great (the card uses under max load but 43ish watts) or a good and compared to srock: quiet active one would do too...
P.S. -- I run my HTPC on a 150 watt PicoPSU (though the brick attached to it is only 102ish watts), and when crunching the numbers, I figured I "should" have enough juice for a HD 5570... To be sure, I took the 4670 from my desktop and replaced the 5450 with it.
Iddle / internet browsing: 41 watt. I don't have any benchmarks to uflly stress the card, but the closest I got while running DA: O, high settings was 70ish watt. The 5570 should do just fine, I'd think
I'm just a casual gamer, and at 2 meters from my flatscreen, 1024x768 is good enough (or the letters get too small, even with a 42" TV
P.P.S. -- I think I'm gonna sell my desktop before the mainstream AMD APU's come out... I can't wait to see how they perform. And overclock