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Hi community,

I bought some cheap used small computer. The problem is, the pci-e socket only deliver 25 W and there is no extra power cable for graphics card. So I'm looking for low end graphics card, which is able to play Ryzom at full details and full hd resolution. Preferred ATI because of better Linux and multi monitor support.

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Waiua --

The game is old, so the total GPU power needed to play it is not large. I have an NVIDIA 730 (which is not anything near high end) and it does just fine.  The equivalent performance point seems to be an ATI r7 240. However, that grabs up to 75W.

However, a quick google reveals this conversation: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3434204/75w-gpu-pcie-25w-l imitation.html
which seems to suggest that you might be able to get away with it (and what limitations you might end up having.  Good luck.

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Thank you for your answer and the link!

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I used to play on Radeon HD5450 and it was ok for me.

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This specifically addresses your situation.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1959070/pci-x16-watt-maxim um.html

I'm less concerned about the stated limit than what size slot it is ... according to the PCI-E spec, all **full height** x16 slots MUST be capable of handling 75 watts so as the post says, this may be more related to PSU size.

GT 730 DDR3, 64-bit = 23 watts
GT 730 GDDR5 = 25 watts

Last edited by Tamarea (2 months ago) | Reason: Edit to activate the link.

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Meanwhile I bought two cards, which should fit. First run with them was succesful. There are a Radeon HD8570 and R7 250 for a Compaq Pro 6300 and 6005 SFF. Thanks for your information and help.

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I have run Ryzom passably well on far more modest hardware, like a Pentium 4 with a Radeon 9600 Pro in it's AGP slot :D

Between those two, I would DEFINITELY use the R7 250. While the HD8570 is about equal to what Bittty runs, and thus more than good enough for Ryzom, I see no reason not to run the card that is 40-50% better since you already have it.

As for power consumption, that is going to be an issue with any AMD/Radeon card since AMD is not known for thermal efficiency. There's no getting around the fact that you will draw more power than Bittty's nVidia for the same performance, but it's easier to deal with that than it is to deal with bad drivers. For perspective, my GTX 1050Ti is listed at the same 75W maximum that the R7 250 is, while the GT 730 is about two-thirds that.

That said, the difference in wattage between those two cards is relatively small, and putting the same demands on a superior GPU will place it under a smaller percentage of load and thus reduce power consumption compared to the inferior one. Sure, the R7 can draw more power, but the only time it actually will is when you demand far, far more from it than the HD8570 could ever dream of providing.

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