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post #1 of 18
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sparkle


or MSI


or this passive cooled one




I just feel like buying a cool GPU.
post #2 of 18
I don't think sparkle is great quality. I'd go with the MSI of the ones you listed (though EVGA would be my first choice)

Unless you're going passive cooled for a htpc




Any reason you're going GTS 450 over a 5770? The 5770 is faster for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-898-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E&Pagesize=100
Edited by CravinR1 - 4/3/11 at 7:26am
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Originally Posted by CravinR1 View Post
I don't think sparkle is great quality. I'd go with the MSI of the ones you listed (though EVGA would be my first choice)

Unless you're going passive cooled for a htpc




Any reason you're going GTS 450 over a 5770? The 5770 is faster for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-898-_-Product


Find me an interesting 5770 and I'll take a look at it.


Im looking at either a single slot or passive cooled


sparkle has a lifetime warranty too
post #5 of 18
I personally have the MSI one. it's nice and doesn't take lots of space Plus i plan to put em on SLI and that frees up other slots i might use on the mobo, also gies mroe breathing room. But seems like the sparkle might have better cooling in the VRMs since it's all covered. Those are rare cards to choose, so i doubt too many people have them. Sparkle also uses the reference board, while MSI has changed it a little.

The downside to the MSI, and probably Sparkle as well, is that they do get noisy when you get em on load, since the heatsink is smaller so they get hotter quickly. But it's still bearable. I've OC'd my MSI cards to the speeds on my sig, and in light gaming it doesn't get over 80c, and fan spining 70%.

For the passively cooled one, you'd be better buying a Gigabyte Windforce/ASUS DirectCU/MSI Cyclone. I don't really trust passive cooling. I have an old XFX 9400 GT which, on stock clocks, went as hot as 85c on full load. You'd need a fan, and that'd take a 4th slot either getting it a brand fan or doing a ghetto mod.
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post #6 of 18
Single slots drive the price up.

The only 5770 single slot I saw was this PowerColor for $165 with $30 MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-364-_-Product
post #7 of 18
Gigabyte HD5770 fanless is a good alternative to Sparkle GTS450 fanless. Performs slightly better but much more expensive (unfortunately). So, unless you are a die-hard A-fan, better stick with the Sparkle one.

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Edited by windfire - 4/3/11 at 7:42am
post #8 of 18
The 5770 isn't a whole lot faster than a 450, definately not $70 worth
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Less talk about Amd cards, more talk about Nvidia cards.

This is the Nvidia section people, if you want an AMD card, then you have you click your mouse 3 times in the opposite direction.
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Yucky... get a Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum...
 
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