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Master Geek

#66969 26-Aug-2010 10:04
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A friend recently bought a Gigabyte Nvidia GT210 graphics card to put in his Mediaportal HTPC. He had been having problesm with TV3 and stuttering with his previous ATI card and eventually, after trialling my GT240, gave in . The NVidia card runs perfectly. The surprise was that he found a passive (no fan) version that only takes up a single slot. The card is a low-profile card and they have basically built the extra cooling fins etc up into the area above the card to make it the equivalent of a full-sized card... but no fatter.

He was also running an NVidia 8200 motherboard  and, with this card, the sound worked through the HDMI straight away without any SPDIF bypass cables or anything.

I mention this partly because I couldn't find it anywhere on any web sites (including Gigabyte's) but I can vouch that they exist. He bought it from Robert at PBTech in Queen Street if anybody is interested.



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Master Geek

  #373093 26-Aug-2010 12:56
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PS. Cost was under $90 inc GST.

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Master Geek

  #373118 26-Aug-2010 13:53
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Are you sure this wasn't the ASUS BRAVO 220 Silent 1GB HDMI PCI-E?

I didn't think the GT240's came with a passively cooled option.

Also - the 220's support the onboard Audio HDMI passthrough. So it'd work the same as the 240. :)


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Master Geek

  #373314 26-Aug-2010 19:34
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Hi Cadriel

It was a 210 not a 240. He loaned my 240 to see if an Nvidia card fixed the problems he was having with his higher spec'ed ATI.

It is definitely a Gigabyte and is a GV-N210TC-1GI model. This card is on the Gigayte web site but the picture shown has a fan so you wouldn't guess that there was a passive option.


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