I you need a powerful graphics card to play 3D games and in the same time a video card that can be used in a HTPC (Home Theater PC), Palit has perhaps the right product with this GeForce 9800 GT 1Gb. This graphics card is equiped with an exceptionally quiet dual slot active
cooler and is available for about $170.
GeForce 9800 GT specifications:
– GPU: G92b (65nm) / 600MHz / 754-million transistors
– Memory: 1Gb GDDR3 / 256-bit / 1.8GHz effective
– Shader Processors: 112
– Textures Units: 32
– ROPs: 16
– DirectX 10 / OpenGL 2.1 / PhysX
The Radeon HD 4550 is the level entry graphics card fron AMD/ATI. As the benchamrks show it, this card is not powerful for 3D gaming but is perfect for HTPC. The price is around US$50.-.