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So, I recently won a GT 210 512mb DDR2 graphics card. Having read a few reviews, the only things it's really good at are keeping quiet and using a small amount of power... Which sounds perfect for an HTPC, right?

Well, in another review that I read, they also mentioned 1080p playback issues (but seemed to want to put it down to drivers at the time).

Can anyone tell me if it would playback 1080p fine, and if you have any other ideas for what I can use this card for, please feel free to shout out. I probably won't be wanting/needing a HTPC for the next three or so years, so it's a bit premature.

The only other "spare" (unused) graphics card that I have is an old Nvidia GeForce 5200 GT, which as far as I'm aware, is even worse, but has the potential to unlock into... Something like a 5500? I've never really looked into it, but the 210 ought to be faster than that, right?
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post #2 of 13
Keep it as a spare. Or build an HTPC. Don't think those 5000 series can decode hdcp.

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post #3 of 13
1080p should work fine, anything should do 1080p nowadays.
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Not sure how well it will do, or if it can even do it, but use it for PhysX?
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Obviously, it should be folding ..
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ZTempo View Post
Obviously, it should be folding ..
This
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post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZTempo View Post
Obviously, it should be folding ..
Do you know how bad this card is? Seriously? PPD per Watt is probably awful...

Quote:
Originally Posted by pLuhhmm View Post
Not sure how well it will do, or if it can even do it, but use it for PhysX?
When it arrives, I'll put it next to my 6850 and post some results up here for people to see. I'm 95% sure I'll actually see a framerate drop in the two PhysX-enabled titles I own (Batman and Mirror's Edge). We'll see how bad it is though...

Quote:
Originally Posted by andypc View Post
1080p should work fine, anything should do 1080p nowadays.
It's the worst card made in the last... Three or four years. (At a guess). If it's not, it's certainly in the worst ten. How sure are you that "anything" should do it? I'm not even sure if it'll get better fps in games than my integrated graphics...

Quote:
Originally Posted by gre0481 View Post
Keep it as a spare. Or build an HTPC. Don't think those 5000 series can decode hdcp.

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Thanks. I'm pretty sure they can't either, but thought it was worth mentioning. I doubt it can fold either.
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Can anyone say Volt Mod please?
     
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Can anyone say Volt Mod please?
I doubt the cooler would handle much more heat. It's a pretty flimsy cooler.
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post #10 of 13
This thing can't do anything well.

The HDMI module on it is more like an 'afterthought' rather than a feature on the card.
I'd just keep it as a spare, for when you need a GPU.

Onboard HD4290 does better than this thing in almost every way possible...
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