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30 March 2008 05:56:16


Hi,

I have a DELL Dimension C521 (yes the slimline one), with an ATI X1300 Pro graphics card.

Like many others, I didn't realise when I made my purchase that I'd be limited on choice for graphics card upgrades.

My real question is what is the very best 'low profile' graphics card available ?

I purchased an HD 2400 Pro from ebuyer but that turned our to be half the speed of my X1300, despite all the boast about DX10, Shader model 4 and HD ready. My Vista gaming score dropped from 4.2 to 4.0 and other graphics testing utilities showed a significant drop in fps on 3D graphics. So I sent it back.

If anyone can help, I'd really appreciate it.

regards

dblyth2007
a c 192 U Graphics card
30 March 2008 06:39:34

Neither of those is low-profile. Low profile means they're about half-height except right at the back plate.
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a b U Graphics card
30 March 2008 07:20:57

oh okay thanks for explaining that.
=]
30 March 2008 09:26:26

The 8600GT is the most powerful low profile card, behind that probably the 8500GT by MSI and then the X1650Pro. The 8600GT is at least good enough to play current games, although not at high settings.
30 March 2008 09:28:33

you should be able to take all the insides out and drop it into a regular case. then you no longer have to be limited.
30 March 2008 12:40:20

i like all these people who buy these low profile cases who then complain they cant upgrade anything in them.

thats the sacrifice you make when you buy something like that.

make sure your power supply is upto the job too... 350W minimum for a 8600GT
30 March 2008 14:29:10

Get the 8600GT it's the best you can do at the present time.
You psu is fine. 700w psu for a 8600GT would be way overkill.
8600GT = 300w@18amps
30 March 2008 19:04:20


Thanks for all the replies. I'd gone to many other forums and got no where. Just found out about this one yesterday.

The stats on the 8600GT looks spot on.

Thanks

dblyth2007
19 March 2009 00:35:59

Hi,

I just jump into the same situation as you.
I have this optiplex 320 with PCI-e x16 slot. And it has 25W power limitation.
So now I figure it out it is because it is for low-profile?

I know you post it long time ago, and i am just wondering if you or anyone has good suggestion for current best low-profile graphic card?

thx
19 March 2009 00:55:44

or u can pay $50 and get a cheap mid case and not have that problem anymore...
im sure u can even get them cheaper than that...
19 March 2009 01:53:54

Nica Guy said:
or u can pay $50 and get a cheap mid case and not have that problem anymore...
im sure u can even get them cheaper than that...

Hi,
Can you elaborate a little bit more about the "mid case" you are referring to?
I mean it still didn't solve the fact that the PCI-e x16 only supply 25W for low-profile graphic card, if I understand it correctly.
19 March 2009 04:39:23

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor...
anything that said "mid tower" or "full tower" is fine. as long as you know how does regular case look like, then you should be fine.

"I mean it still didn't solve the fact that the PCI-e x16 only supply 25W for low-profile graphic card, if I understand it correctly." I'm confused. i've never heard of pci-e x16 only supply 25 watts. I know that all micro atx and regular atx mother board supply 75watts max.

19 March 2009 04:42:03

yayacool_sc said:
Hi,

I just jump into the same situation as you.
I have this optiplex 320 with PCI-e x16 slot. And it has 25W power limitation.
So now I figure it out it is because it is for low-profile?

I know you post it long time ago, and i am just wondering if you or anyone has good suggestion for current best low-profile graphic card?

thx

WTF?!? power supply has nothing to do with pci-e 16x slot, does it???
19 April 2009 20:21:37

The video card posted by 'palmfern' looks pretty cool but if your having trouble finding a local seller, you can also look at the:

Galaxy 9600GT 512MB DDR3 low profile.

This is what I've been running for the last 6 months ok. My PSU is only rated 280W, but all the levels check out fine.
7 June 2009 03:14:35

dblyth2007 said:
The video card posted by 'palmfern' looks pretty cool but if your having trouble finding a local seller, you can also look at the:

Galaxy 9600GT 512MB DDR3 low profile.

This is what I've been running for the last 6 months ok. My PSU is only rated 280W, but all the levels check out fine.



How is your Galaxy 9600GT 512MB DDR3 low profile holding up with that 280w psu? Wanting to purchase one soon for my dell 745.

Thanks.... CMAC
a c 235 U Graphics card
7 June 2009 04:13:12

1. the 8600GT does not need a 350w PSU, i ran one on a 300w with no issues.

2. whatever your thoughts are on Dell's, they do have very good PSU. I know people who ran the 9600GT and 9800GT on the Dell 305w PSU. The Dell 350w PSU will run 9800GTX (and re-brands) and ATI 4850. Check the dell forums to see what cards people have installed in their systems.
7 June 2009 11:43:45

^ +1. A Dell 280W PSU in a slimline system can run a 9600GT.
8 June 2009 14:05:14

AKM880 said:
^ +1. A Dell 280W PSU in a slimline system can run a 9600GT.


I have a dell vostro 220s slim tower, it says it's a 250w psu, but I heard that dell underrates their psu's and it should actaully be 300w, but will a 9600 gt low profile run on it? I'm not sure about the amps/rail on it, so I'm not sure if it'll work.
2 August 2009 01:23:52

Hi,

Sorry for late reply, a few months back I did a lot more research into the DELL mother board and how many Amps the Galaxy 9600GT pulls through the PCIe power connector and the through the mother board and decided I should upgrade my PSU to a comfortable 700W (for just £45.00).

With the DELL Psu removed there is now much better air circulation and the temperature of the card does not sky rocket. The new PSU sits quiely on floor behind the base unit as it has very long cables.

Hope this helps.



15 August 2009 08:46:05

hey,
I have a dimension C521 as well and i have been wanting to upgrade my graphics card for some time. I read that you have the same and have tried the galaxy 9600 gt low profile for some time. I looked into this card and i like it a lot. Did it hook up to the computer with now problem and no adjustments? Also, i found that this card comes as low profile and low profile low power. To clarify, which one do you have? will both work? Thanks so much in advance.
15 August 2009 08:46:50

dblyth2007 said:
Hi,

Sorry for late reply, a few months back I did a lot more research into the DELL mother board and how many Amps the Galaxy 9600GT pulls through the PCIe power connector and the through the mother board and decided I should upgrade my PSU to a comfortable 700W (for just £45.00).

With the DELL Psu removed there is now much better air circulation and the temperature of the card does not sky rocket. The new PSU sits quiely on floor behind the base unit as it has very long cables.

Hope this helps.

hey,
I have a dimension C521 as well and i have been wanting to upgrade my graphics card for some time. I read that you have the same and have tried the galaxy 9600 gt low profile for some time. I looked into this card and i like it a lot. Did it hook up to the computer with now problem and no adjustments? Also, i found that this card comes as low profile and low profile low power. To clarify, which one do you have? will both work? Thanks so much in advance.
29 September 2009 13:59:49

I believe you need the 4 pin to 6 pin adapter to plug into the back of the Galaxy GeForce 9600 GT to make it work properly
27 October 2009 02:48:25

Hi,

Sorry for late reply.

My Galaxy 9600 is still running beautifully. I did also here about the low profile/low power. I hunted down my card before the low power one came out (I think).

A PICe power adapter (4 pin / 6 pin, etc) comes with the Galaxy card.

It really was dead simple, just whack it in. It means I can still feal good about my Dell C521 ;-)

I've had the Galaxy for nearly a year now, I did discover a potentially better low profile card a few months back. I think it was from Sparkle.

google: sparkle low profile 9800gt

regards
7 November 2009 07:05:39

Hi, I have a Dell c521 pc, too, and I have ordered the low power galaxy 9600 gt from Circuit city. If I am not mistaken the 9600 gt card uses a DVI-I (dual link) port. My dell monitor is LCD as a VGA. I've searched other forums about compatible issues.

It's a quiet little card, too, with plenty of power. Rarely do I hear it and when on a full load I doubt I'll even hear it then since I'll have sound coming from my games.

Brought life back into my C521. Plays Aion just fine with all settings set to full.

UPDATE: After a few days the fan acted up and I am currently working through Galaxy to get it replaced. I have looked on the internet about the fan problems with this graphics card and it seems only one other person had any issues with the Galaxy version and it was months after he had purchased it. Hang onto that receipt.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262758-33-problem-gal...

Another thing, Circuit City has just recently added a rebate offer on the Galaxy 9600 gt low power card. So from $79.99 after rebate; $30 off the original price of $109.99. Began 11/1/09 and ends 12/13/2009. I just ordered happenstance on Nov 1st.

http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Overclocking, I do not know much about, yet, but Galaxy has a software program called Extreme Tuner that allows overclocking and fan control options and other features. A couple of links to download it from:

http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1332/Galaxy_Xtreme...
http://files.aoaforums.com/I3711-XtremeTuner.EXE.html
4 December 2009 16:25:46

Hi,

Would the Galaxy 9600 GT LP fit in a slimline HP s7640.uk case? It only has one PCI-e slot and i'm worried about the length of the card as opposed to the height.

Any ideas?
19 January 2010 11:36:26

Hi there.

For those who are looking for the best half-height/low profile graphic card, here are some helpful information.

I went over all the information from Google that I could get and end up with this summary.
These are only nvidia GeForce cards (No ATI Radeon yet).

Follow the link.
http://bit.ly/4KDY8n
7 February 2010 22:36:13

I have an Inspiron 531s that is supposedly rated at 250W....I'm currently running a 9500GT that pulls 350W with no problems but I'm trying to see if I could get away with the 400W 9600GT. Can I just buy any PSU and have it sit outside the case or just leave the case open since it's a slim tower?
20 February 2010 22:10:07

Shawn77 said:
I have an Inspiron 531s that is supposedly rated at 250W....I'm currently running a 9500GT that pulls 350W with no problems but I'm trying to see if I could get away with the 400W 9600GT. Can I just buy any PSU and have it sit outside the case or just leave the case open since it's a slim tower?


I don't recommend leaving the case not put together because the tower is set up for air flow and the case open will mess that up and slow the computer down overall. I have a slim tower also I am looking for the best Graphics card I can stick in it at this moment
1 March 2010 23:51:23

If you've got a slim case, check out the geforce 9500gt. Its a 1gb card and it can run bioshock. I'm parting out my old computer so I'm selling mine on ebay here http://cgi.ebay.com/XFX-NVIDIA-GeForce-9500-GT-512-MB-P... for $15 bucks, used. check it out, its a great card and ran great on a 220w psu, and the acer x3200 case was small as they come. Definitely recommend it.
13 March 2010 04:31:19

Hi, this may be a rather stupid question, but here goes:
I also have a Dell Dimension C521, and I want to upgrade the graphics, but what's the point of getting a low profile card if the metal backing with the ports is too long for the casing? How do I fit it?
I bought a low profile card the other day, and the card itself fit into the casing, but the backing is just too big. Do I need to modify something to make it fit?
a b U Graphics card
13 March 2010 04:50:17

That plate can be removed, changed by loosening the cable stud~anchors. Of course you will need a half length one with the appopriate openings. Email the vendor, I'm sure they will send you one free, I saw this question/resolution in Newegg reviews for some half length cards that came only with full length install plates.
13 March 2010 04:53:20

omg thank you so much for the fast reply. i already returned the card but thankfully the store's near by. i'll go buy it now then. thank you again!
a c 271 U Graphics card
13 March 2010 07:47:51

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