Choosing the right HTPC video card can
be one of those really frustrating moments when there seems to be
something wrong with any graphics card that you find, but
PowerColor's latest product may come as an answer to this problem as
the Taiwanese manufacturer has managed to build a low profile ATI
Radeon HD 5750 that looks just about right for HTPC duty.
There aren't that many options out
there when you try to find a powerful HTPC video card that can fit
into a low profile system and still offer you 1080p video playback,
8-channel LPCM audio and decent gaming performance at Full HD
has somehow managed to
offer all those things in their latest HD 5750 Low Profile Edition
that features a special dual-slot cooling solution designed by
The heatsink fully covers the GPU
memory and MOSFET so overheating won't probably be an issue, but,
unfortunately, all the hot air generated while running is sent back
into your HTPC.
Although in a normal sized case this wouldn't be a problem, in the confined space of a HTPC chassis
this could lead to overheating, so you should make sure to have a
well ventilated system before adopting PowerColor's solution.
Unfortunately, PowerColor has not yet
released any pricing or availability info about this graphics card.
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