Best passive HTPC video card

Discussion in 'Video Cards and Graphics' started by felang, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. felang

    felang Senior member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2007
    Messages:
    586
    Likes Received:
    0
    So the old 9500gt in my HTPC seems to be dying. I would like to replace it with possibly a passively cooled card in order to keep noise to a minimum. I use a matx p31 board with an E8400 and 4gb ddr2 ram. It seems powerful enough for my needs so not really looking to upgrade anything else at this time.

    I mainly use it to watch 720p and 1080p tv show rips. I don´t have a blueray drive but will probably get one soon. Also, it is connected to my 7.1 home theater receiver so proper audio bitstreaming would be a definite plus.

    I don´t use madvr or any crazy post processing filters so I don´t think I need anything to powerful (the 9500GT worked just fine).

    I just checked newegg and they seem to be offering an ATI HD5450 for $15 after rebate today as a shellshocker deal. Would that card be any good?
     
  2. infoiltrator

    infoiltrator Senior member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    Messages:
    704
    Likes Received:
    0
    HD 5450 80 stream processors 8 texture 16 ROPs
    My feeling is it would be adequate.
    AMD/ATI Website "finder' seems to like 55xx or better
    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desk...se/Pages/help-me-choose.aspx?F1=3&F2=All&F3=1

    I would be more comfortable with an HD 6550 or GT 430, but I am a hardware nut, price wise the 5450 is worth a trial.

    http://shop.amd.com/us/All/Search?NamedQuery=radeon6000&SearchFacets=category%3AGraphic%20Card%3Bmodel%3ARadeon%20HD%206570

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130579

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161374
     
    #2 infoiltrator, Nov 9, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2012
  3. Termie

    Termie Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2005
    Messages:
    7,814
    Likes Received:
    5
    The HD5450 that will be on shellshocker is mysteriously stripped of its name: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150655

    I wonder if XFX has done something to it that makes it not warrant an official HD5450 model name. I have a cheap Asus HD5450 that I keep around as a spare, and the only thing I really don't like about it is how hot it gets. Its heatsink looks smaller than the XFX, though.

    Either way, unless you're really budget-constrained, I'd look to get a better card. You said "best passive HTPC video card," and I assume that means best performing. The HD5450 was found to be slightly lacking in video processing power for certain HD video content in an old Anandtech review. I'd go straight to the HD6450 for just a few dollars more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102933

    It has twice the stream processors and 25% faster memory bandwidth compared to the one you're looking at.

    If you want to fool around with some fanless gaming, then you could step up to any of these cards, which aren't strictly for HPTC and will not fit in small cases:

    HD6670: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102950
    HD7750: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161417
    HD6770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121472
     
    #3 Termie, Nov 9, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2012
  4. codyray10

    codyray10 Senior member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2008
    Messages:
    803
    Likes Received:
    2
    I dont know about being the "best", but I have a passive HD6450 in my HTPC and have never had any issues with it. Picked it up at microcenter for about 30 bucks, I believe.
     
  5. felang

    felang Senior member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2007
    Messages:
    586
    Likes Received:
    0
    Great info guys, exactly what I needed. Since I´m not planning on gaming I think I´ll go with the 6450, seems like a worthwhile bump over the 5450 I was looking at.
     
  6. Iron Woode

    Iron Woode Lifer

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 1999
    Messages:
    21,591
    Likes Received:
    6
    I use a Sapphire 6450 1gig silent model for my HTPC and it works great.
     
  7. Jimzz

    Jimzz Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2012
    Messages:
    4,057
    Likes Received:
    1
    The 6450 is better than the 5450 due to the 6450 having UVD3, vs the UVD2 in the 5450.