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Old July 23, 2009, 04:46 PM
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I'm changing some hardware around and I'm wondering if I should use the intel 82945G onboard or the Diamond Viper X1650 Pro 256 PCIE that I have lying around.
The fan on the 1650 is hella noisy so I'll have to rectify that, but I'm wondering if there is a reason to use it in the first place?
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Old July 23, 2009, 05:34 PM
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why not?

i was able to play 720P on a P4 with a x1650 pro and still had 20%-30% headroom. without the gpu the machine would choke and restart :P

maybe you should turn down the fan on the x1650 pro to the regular settings. at 30% fan speed it idle at 52C should be no problem.
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Old July 23, 2009, 05:44 PM
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Is the 1650 going to give me noticeably better video than the 82945G at 1920 x 1080? The onboard does just fine at 1280X1024 right now. I guess I should have asked if this onboard chipset will be ok at the larger res.
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I don't think either are ideal for HTPC usage...

I love my HD4350, quiet, HDMI output, and has various video enhancements to make things look better. Cheap too
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Old July 25, 2009, 10:25 AM
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Well, I went with the X1650 and hooked the fan up at 5v and it's pretty much silent. We'll see if it burns LOL.
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Your onboard will not do 1080p
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Old July 25, 2009, 10:51 AM
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That's ok, the tv won't anyways.
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the on board won't do 1080p but the x1650 will.

i been wondering for a while which x1650 you have?
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Old July 25, 2009, 07:43 PM
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It's a Diamond 256mg PCIE
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Old July 30, 2009, 10:16 PM
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Well, looks like the X1650 didn't like the 5v fan mod and pooped the duvet.
I ordered an MSI 4350 with a passive HS for $39 at NCIX.
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