HTPC card - worth paying extra from 4350 to 4650 ?

snow-munki

Active Member
Hi,

Neededing to get a new gfx card for my HTPC and had my eye on the 4350 but the 4650 is only about £15 more, worth paying the extra or is it unnecessary.

Going to be used for bluray playback and NOT gaming.

Thanks
 

algloster

Novice Member
Sorry but I cannot give any advice on the difference between 4350 and 4650, However yesterday I installed my sapphire branded 4670 and although its not loud you can hear the fan noise at idle, not irritatingly loud, but is is there in the background.

Having had a quick look on ebuyer all the 4650's seem to have fans so this is something you may wish to consider, whereas a number of the 4350s are passively cooled.

Obviously a 4650 would be more powerful, but if your HTPC is completely silent and space is tight, this may be a purchasing decision.
 

Clunk

Well-known Member
A 4350 is more than ample for HD playback, and you'll not notice any benefit in the 4650 unless you were gaming.
The 4650 is available passively cooled, but not as widely available as the 4350 (as noted above) - and the 4350 will also run cooler and draw less power.

In short, if you're not gaming whatsoever, save the £15 and get a takeaway or a nice bottle of wine or two to enjoy a movie with.
 

b3taboy

Standard Member
In a similar vein. I'm running an integrated ATI HD 3300
which plays Blu-rays etc with no problems. My question is,
would I see a noticeable improvement in image quality by
using a 4650 instead?
 

cdldt

Banned
Regarding a 4650 versus onboard IGP. You'll probably notice a difference with interlaced content, unless you're using a Phenom CPU OR you have a motherboard with dedicated 128MB video memory onboard). For example, if you are watching SD TV broadcasts from DVB-T or DVB-S, or TV show DVDs you might notice an improvement. This is because the memory bandwidth available to the IGP when using a HT 2.0 CPU (i.e. Athlon X2) is insufficient for vector adaptive deinterlacing at high resolutions and may even fall back to Bob deinterlacing at high resolutions (it does this on my 690G IGP).

But for Blu-ray playback or movies on DVD, you shouldn't see much, if any, difference.
 
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snow-munki

Active Member
thanks all, ended up getting the 4550 :p

middle ground I suppose. Heard the 4350 may not cope so well with bluray picture in picture ?

My currentl onboard just doesn't cope, maxes out CPU and still jitters. Should get it today ! can't wait.
 

ballyg

Active Member
Which 4550 did you go for? Think there's only the asus one which has native hdmi.

Anyway looking to hear of your experiences!
 

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