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Old August 24, 2011, 11:22 PM
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Default Which is/are best video card/s with sensible low watt consumption for non gamers

Could anyone point me to a couple of video cards that would require less than 80 watts/hour when in use(not idle), I do not play games on my pc but i do watch TV so i would need a card with excellent HD capabilities.

I have read about video cards (for gamers though) that demand in excess of 400 watt/hour.

Am I asking an impossible in terms of consumption?

I would appreciate to read suggestions by informed forum members.

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Old August 24, 2011, 11:29 PM
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the onboard these days will do that very very well.
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Old August 25, 2011, 12:14 AM
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Old August 25, 2011, 05:36 AM
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Guys, this won't help the user if all he needs is potentially a new graphics card for his current system to allow him to be able to have some HD playback. I've found the HD 5450 (either silent or non) to be relatively good card that will allow you to have up to 1080p playback while consuming very little power. These can be had for relatively cheap online, sometimes under 20$ after a Mail in Rebate.
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Old August 25, 2011, 05:48 AM
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One thing to mention here.

People talk alot about the big guns, the 580GTX, updating bios on 6950 to OC them to 6970 and such...

Most people dont do that, they buy a mid range card, play games, enjoy then and that's it.

Most recent video cards are actually very energy efficient and they pull slim to no power at idle/browsing youtube videos/watching movies.

In nvidia, anything above a 240GTS will do, in AMD, anything that starts with a 5XXX should do it without problem.

Those can be had for very cheap on the used market and even new.
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mr a might be right.

look up this chart here and decide : ASUS Mars II 3 GB Dual GTX 580 Review - Page 25/31 | techPowerUp

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Agree with some of the above. You can get a low end 5xxx or 6xxx card for ~50 bucks.
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Old October 24, 2011, 02:48 AM
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Thank you for your response. I have NVidia GTS 240 is the one you recommend far better than the GTS 240?
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What exactly is the 240 holding back for you? As you said you don't game and just need something that can playback HD 1080P, which the 250 does quite well.
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Old October 24, 2011, 06:38 AM
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Any graphics card that doesn't require any external power connectors will be under 75w (if I recall correctly that's all the PCIe slot can deliver). There are slightly more powerful cards than a 240 that don't require the extra power connector (hd 5670/6670), but honestly it wouldn't be worth the extra money IMO (would only help in gaming). A 240 should be able to do everything you want (should be fine for HD video). If the 240 isn't playing HD for you, then you must have other hardware/software/driver issues. What is the rest of your computer setup?
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