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Are even the cheapest GPUs okay for windows 7 aero?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Ste, 18 Dec 2010.

  1. Ste

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,780

    Hi,

    As topic really - currently got a second PC with an old nail of a graphics card that is really letting the rest of the setup (2.4 @ 3.6 Q6600) down. It only gets used for internet and word/excel etc. but it'd be goodif windows aero was nice and smooth and I could turn the animations etc. back on.

    Would something like the ATI 4350 do it or are they too low powered?

    Edit - or the 5450 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-118-HT&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=168 ?
     
  2. MeatLoaf

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,055

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    They will be fine mate, ive used an old 6800GT before and dad uses an 8400GS
     
  3. x3sphere

    Associate

    Joined: 14 Dec 2010

    Posts: 65

    Aero was somewhat laggy on a HD4670 for me. However, I was using it on a 2560x1600 display..

    HD5450 should be fine at 1080p.
     
  4. r3loaded

    Gangster

    Joined: 20 Mar 2006

    Posts: 383

    Location: Manchester, UK

    Aero works fine on Intel graphics..
     
  5. BigBruiserAl

    Mobster

    Joined: 11 Sep 2008

    Posts: 3,322

    Location: Co. Durham

    used a Nivid 6200 le no bother at 1900x1200
     
  6. Cleeecooo

    Capodecina

    Joined: 8 Oct 2010

    Posts: 22,383

    Location: Purley - Croydon

    My 6970,5850,8800gtx,2400pro,7300le all worked fine. 6970 was the best!
     
  7. Ste

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,780

    Thanks all. I realise it'll work but it was a smooth/fluid experience I was after. I think the money would be better spent on a second hand 8800GT or something for about 30-40 quid, what do you think? I don't need any of features on the newer cards (eyefinity, HDMI, DX11, etc.)
     
  8. pingu666

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Mar 2008

    Posts: 1,920

    id just get something i knew was quiet and ok powerwise :), think the 3670 or 4670 in my htpc, and in my mums pc does aero fine
     
  9. Monkeynut

    Soldato

    Joined: 7 Nov 2007

    Posts: 6,565

    Location: Unknown

    The 5450 should be grand.
     
  10. DragonQ

    Soldato

    Joined: 13 Jun 2009

    Posts: 6,827

    The IGP in my i5-430M runs Aero perfectly so I'd imagine any separate GPU would be fine also.