I just got my new computer yesterday and while I was disapointed that it only takes low-profile (LP) add-on cards, the speed of this thing facinates me, it's quite blistering despite integrated GMA 950.
Nevertheless, I still need a video card, but now my choices are limited, severely. Newegg.com has the widest selection of computer hardware online and it is where I found these two, what i call "best bets" as of yet:
Radeon X700, 256MB DDR, PCI x16
Geforce 7300GS, 256MB (with 512 turbocache support) GDDR2, PCI x16
Both are low profile but neither have LP
brackets, which ticks me off, as it will not fit. I hope these brackets can be removed as I can't even find the brackets online. That Geforce card uses a combination of shared and onboard memory to operate. Nvidia claims it is 4x faster than shared off the motherboard but doesn't compare to a dedicated vid-memory card of same size. The core clock of the Nvidia is 550MHz while the 400MHz for the ATI card in addition tot he fact that the latter is more expensive. Why? The ATI card has 8 pixel pipelines and the Nvidia card has 4. I still do not know what they are/mean but I equate them to fliud pipes. They are both the most powerful (for my uses) LP
cards I could find online. Brick and mortar stores do not seem to be selling them.
I have tried contacting both companies including those partners that make the cards, I'm in a holding pattern. I can't find too many resources on those two cards, so I am asking you folks for anything on your minds.
Had I been able to fit a full height card, I would have gone with neither ATI or Nvidia. I would have gone with S3 Graphics; I was sold on their S27 and I pray for an LP
version. What I see as their moto is efficiency in terms of performance per watt.
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