By Edward Chester
Reviewed: 11 Dec 2008
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First off: I know nothing about graphics cards!I have a Dell Precision that has a PCI Express graphics card slot and an ATI X850XT PE graphics card. I only use it (graphically) for WoW, and it gets up to ~30fps driving two 20" DVI LCD's at 1600x1200 (one with WoW on, the other with browser windows etc).Is this card going to perform better? Will it work at all? ;)It'd be nice to double that frame rate on WoW so it stays in at least the high 20's at high detail in busy areas. But I can't be bothered with a top end card just for WoW, especially as I found the X850XT PE pretty disappointing for the money :(
when the 4670 first came out, it was suggested that a passive version would soon follow. Well, its been nearly 4/5 months now, and still no truly passive version exists. Its a real shame as it obviously a great card for the money, and would be a good upgrade for a HTPC that wanted to play games...I can't believe that the manufacturers haven't developed one yet (especially considering gigabyte developed a passive HD4850, which has a higher thermal output than the 4670). Infuriating...
@SamIt looks like the HD 4670 is right on the borderline for passive cooling for a card of its size (you'd need to make a longer card), which is why HIS has a passive HD 4650 but not the HD 4670. You never know, though. @BenSounds like this may be the perfect card for you. It's hard to say quite how much faster it will be than your existing card, as we have no comparable numbers, but you should see some performance increase. Unfortunately none of us play WoW so it's not something we can easily check for you. It will certainly work, though.
Hi All,Pleased to say that your calls have been answered... http://www.hisdigital.com/un/p...Should be in the UK very shortly at a competitive price :~)
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