PowerColor Go! Green Radeon HD5670 Graphics Card works silently and miserly

by Rafael Hernandez on May 13, 2010 · 1 comment

The search for silence and power efficiency lends itself nicely to the HTPC market where you want a silent computer which means fewer fans and a fine selection of just-powerful-enough hardware for the task at hand.

Benchmark Reviews has a look at the PowerColor Go! Green Radeon HD5670 Graphics Card which uses a passive cooler and not much else to limit its power gorging:

When ATI released the HD 5670 it came with a slim heat sink and fan that allowed the card to fit into a single PCI slot. In order to reduce power consumption for the Go! Green series, PowerColor replaced the cooling fan with a passive cooler. This bulky heat pipe and radiator may improve the power consumption but comes at the cost of real-estate. Like many top end video cards, the Go! Green cards require two PCI slots. Since most motherboards are now designed to accommodate such designs this should not be a big issue. However, the features of this card make it a good candidate for an HTPC where space is more critical. Many HTPC cases aren’t sized to house a dual-slot high performance video card.

There’s a definite balancing act that’s required when dealing with hardware but since silence is golden you’ll just have to build your system around its most important component.

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