expired LOW PROFILE! PC Gaming GPU AFOX Radeon HD 7850 2GB. $199 Plus Postage

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Low profile video cards allow gaming in very small PCs (home theatre PCs, mini ITX cases, even old gutted Nintendo consoles).

They are usually much more expensive than regular cards (because they have to dissipate heat a lot better etc).

Apparently this is the most powerful Low Profile gaming card available.

Amazon UK have only 3 left, and are selling it at 230 pounds:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/computers-accessories/dp/B009T96CJG

Even if this wasn't a low profile card, it's a decent price for a 2GB 7850.

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    Should fit in those small MR PC GEEK i3's from this deal. Pretty nice home theatre gaming pc for the price.

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    I'm curious what setups people are using that require both low profile and powerful.

    Most low profile setups are bottlenecked by the CPU by a long way.

    • +1 vote

      I know quite a few people who build (or have built) gaming HTPCs. It's not hard to get a decent low wattage CPU in one of these, but it is difficult to find a decent low profile GPU.

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        decent and low wattage don't go together :)

        If you don't mind the power usage the high end CPU's would go nicely though.

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          decent and low wattage don't go together :)

          Not true these days. My brother built a gaming HTPC using an i7 3770T in a very small mITX build. It's only 45W TDP, so the heat pipes in the case were enough cooling to avoid the need for a fan.

        • +3 votes

          Clearly you need to research more then…

          There has always been low wattage powerful CPUs. How else do you shoehorn an i7 into an ultra book and get 8+ hours out of it? Because that's exactly what I'm using right now. :)

          And that's a 3rd gen!

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          You can't buy laptop/ultrabook CPU's and put them into desktops though.

          I had a look and I can't even find any powerful Intel low wattage CPU's anymore.

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          Not the exact same - no. But as mentioned above you can get the same series.

          The new Haswell has a 35W i7.. Think that fits the requirements.

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      I built a 'Steam console' and because I didn't know there even were low profile versions of a 7850 I had to use a combination of ribbon risers & case hacks to fit a full size card into a tiny case (very nice result too). I paired it with a low powered Intel G2020 (65w TDP) and it plays everything I've thrown at it. It might even have been a 7950 used, I forget now.

      I was surprised at how well it performs tbh, most games on 1080HD on High or Ultra are perfectly acceptable. I have a virtual machine running permanently in the background using 2GB of the systems 4GB total. Seems that some games just do not use the CPU that much.

      Idle power usage is ~65W, under load ~145W

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        Are you serious, a G2020 with 7850 can play on ultra? I've got everything except the video card, will it max out BF3?

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          BF3 probably not Ultra. Although having never even seen that game first hand I've really no idea. It depends on the game. Some games work heavily on the CPU and less on the GPU and visa verse. For example Saints Row 3 runs on ultra, but Bang Bang Racing is unplayable even on the lowest setting (although this could just be some compatibility thing).

          Often you will find in games that you can chuck it all up to max but there will be one setting that bogs it down. So drop that down one notch and its all good.

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          Ahh fair enough, thanks for the intel! Yea I've been contemplating getting a GPU only or upgrading my CPU as well, only interested in BF and Crysis, do the rest of gaming on consoles, so kind of a hefty meal just for two games.

          Thanks again man! Lets see what a little more thinking does for me!

          Take Care!

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    does this card pair well with a i7-2600k?
    building a 2nd pc..

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      Yeah, it's a decent choice. Unless you need low profile though I probably would get a full height card - I can't imagine this low profile card cools as well as a full height one.

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    perfect timing, I'm in the market for a new video card

    the one in my cpl system was damaged on delivery and they told me to replace it myself

    ;-)

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    Note: This is low-profile, but not single slot. On most motherboards/PC's it would restrict the use of the adjacent PCI-e slot.

    Card from this deal: http://www.afox-corp.com/en/products_details.asp?proid=209&t...

    This, manufacturer also makes a true single slot card: http://www.afox-corp.com/en/products_details.asp?proid=208&t... (this one is probably louder, hotter and more expensive though)

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    would this card work with HP microserver 40L?

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      The power supply in the microserver doesnt provide enough juices for this…

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        this was my initial thought, just how many HTPC/low profile cases have a p/s with enough juice to power this card + rest of pc? the whole idea of compact cases is lower power, isn't the standard p/s in these rated about 150-250w?

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      I don't think it'd physically fit. HSF looks too long and thick.

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