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    ATi Radeon 3450 AGP Low Profile Graphics Card

    I have a very old sff computer with a Radeon 9800 Pro card installed, it has been running great for the past 4 years with a lowly 280w psu. But now I want to upgrade the graphics card to a 2400 Pro but could not find it anywhere so l looked at the next best card, the Radeon 3450 agp low profile. My question is power consumption, how much does it use and will my psu cope?

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    Re: ATi Radeon 3450 AGP Low Profile Graphics Card

    AFAIK the 9800Pro uses 47w under load, the 3450 uses 36w under load, so it's actually less.

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    Re: ATi Radeon 3450 AGP Low Profile Graphics Card

    This SFF (Soltek 3401m) I have does contain a lot of stuff, as well as the Radeon 9800Pro 128mb graphics card it also has a Audigy sound card, 2 hard drives, 1GB RAM and a DVD Rewriter. It turns out my PSU is only 270w and not 280w as I've mentioned. I don't intend to upgrade this PSU because this desktop PC has become an old relict and I want to move on to a new one, unfortunately the recession have made things very difficult. I have decided to give this PC a last upgrade, the graphics card.

    I have been looking at the reviews of the PCI-E version of the card and it seems to use a lot of power but I'm not sure how they worked this out as I think they meant overall power consumption. I want to be sure before buying this card.

    Has anyone tried the Asus Radeon 3450 AGP Low Profile card in an SFF PC before? if so what was the experience, did it work?

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    Re: ATi Radeon 3450 AGP Low Profile Graphics Card

    a 3450 AGP appears to require an additional molex power connector. This would certainly suggest a similar power draw to a 9800pro, which also uses a single molex connector for its additional power. If the computer was working fine with a 9800Pro, it should work fine with a 3450. Please feel free to list the rest of your components so I can do a more detailed estimate, but I'd be amazed if you were pulling even half of your PSUs rated 270W. Be aware, however, that unless you're specifically looking for DX9c / DX10 compatibility a 3450 won't be a significant upgrade over a 9800Pro - they should have pretty similar performance...

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    Re: ATi Radeon 3450 AGP Low Profile Graphics Card

    Well at the moment I only need a graphics card with a HD decoder to playback some TV recordings and maybe do some video transcoding. This is the reason I chose the 2400Pro but I can't find it anywhere to buy, so the 3450 became the only option. To tell you the truth I wouldn't mind a little bit of extra performance on some old games

    Anyway here is what I got from the SiSoftware Sandra Hardware Overview...

    EDIT: Just noticed it doesn't show I have a Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS installed and that Drive (H: ) is a Daemon Tools virtual drive

    EDIT 2: Actually it does show the Audigy

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    Computer
    Model : To Be Filled By O.E.M. To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    Workgroup : WORKGROUP
    Host Name : matrix
    User : Administrator

    Processor
    Model : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz
    Speed : 3.2GHz
    Cores per Processor : 1 Unit(s)
    Threads per Core : 2 Unit(s)
    Integrated Data Cache : 2x 8kB, Synchronous, Write-Thru, 4-way, 64 byte line size, 2 lines per sector
    L2 On-board Cache : 2x 512kB, ECC, Synchronous, ATC, 8-way, 64 byte line size, 2 lines per sector

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    Mainboard : INTEL SpringDale-G
    BIOS : AMI 080010 11/01/2004
    Bus(es) : ISA X-Bus AGP PCI IMB USB FireWire/1394 i2c/SMBus
    Multi-Processor (MP) Support : No
    Multi-Processor Advanced PIC (APIC) : Yes
    Total Memory : 1GB DIMM DDR

    Chipset
    Model : Intel 82865G/PE/P, 82848P DRAM Controller / Host-Hub Interface
    Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 200MHz (800MHz)
    Total Memory : 1GB DIMM DDR
    Memory Bus Speed : 2x 200MHz (400MHz)

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    Memory Module : Kingston K 512MB DDR PC3200U DDR-200 (3-3-3-8 2-11-0-0)

    Video System
    Video Adapter : RADEON 9800 PRO (PS2.0, VS2.0 378MHz, 128MB 337MHz, AGP 3.00)

    Graphics Processor

    Storage Devices
    WDC WD360GD-00FNA0 37GB (SATA150, 8MB Cache) : 34GB (C: )
    ST3200822AS (200GB, SATA150, 3.5", 8MB Cache) : 186GB (E: ) (F: ) (G: )
    HUAWEI MMC Storage 2GB (USB) : 2GB (K: )
    ATAPI DVD A DH20A3H (ATA66, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache) : N/A (D: )
    XIL 5QVOXMZ0 (SCSI, BD-R, HD-DVD-R, DVD+-R-DL, CD-R) : N/A (H: )
    HUAWEI Mass Storage (USB) : 33MB (J: )

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    SPACE1 (E: ) : 100GB (NTFS) @ ST3200822AS (200GB, SATA150, 3.5", 8MB Cache)
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    LPC Legacy Controller 1 : Winbond W83627THF/THG
    Audio Device : Creative Labs SB0350 Audigy ZS
    Serial Port(s) : 4
    Parallel Port(s) : 1
    Disk Controller : Intel 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) EIDE Controller
    Disk Controller : Intel 82801EB (ICH5) SATA Controller
    USB Controller 1 : Intel 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #1
    USB Controller 2 : Intel 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #2
    USB Controller 3 : Intel 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) USB UHCI Controller #3
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    Re: ATi Radeon 3450 AGP Low Profile Graphics Card

    OK, your processor looks to be the hungriest, hottest running P4 ever made and why anyone would put one in an SFF is beyond me! Apart from that there's nothing in your system to make me think it can't cope with the addition of a 3450, and assuming Pob's figure of 36W is right ( I have no reason to doubt it) it'll work fine. Indeed, as Pob says and I've reminded you of a couple of times now, the 3450 draws less power than the 9800. So if your PC runs the 9800 OK, it'll also run the 3450.

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    Re: ATi Radeon 3450 AGP Low Profile Graphics Card

    ...huh..okay but what about the RAM, the 9800Pro has 128mb and the 3450 has 512mb, wouldn't this cause it to use more power

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    Re: ATi Radeon 3450 AGP Low Profile Graphics Card

    No. The 3450 actually uses less RAM chips than the 9800Pro, they've just got a higher density. So that's less components, therefore less power draw.

    Don't forget that the 9800Pro is about 5 year old technology, whereas the 3450 is only a couple of years old. Technology improves with time, and that generally means lower power draw with the same sepcifications, or the same power draw with much higher specifications. Besides, the power draw of RAM is minimal compared to the power draw of a CPU or GPU.

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