I've had a situation a little while back where using a 9600GT 512M video card in this small-form-factor box (although said card was on the Shuttle approved list for this model) may have contributed to overheating and the burning out of a PSU. Or maybe not.
According to this online database I found
my 9600 card drew 95 watts.
Before I look into replacing this card with another 9600, I thought I might seek some recommendations in regard to just what would meet my minimum needs for video.
NO gaming to speak of. And NO overclocking.
Good Video playback, including HD video.
Video Editing, without frame-drop issues.
Single Slot: NO dual slot cards, no cards that are extra tall, extra long, OR extra thick -- because they won't fit. Or they will block any possible use of the ONE adjacent PCI slot.
Truth be told, lately I've been filling in on this box with an old Saphire X550 256M card. I expect this must be primitive and puny, compared to the 9600, but -- so far -- it hasn't refused to do anything for me. It has played 720P video clips in VLC (with not what I'd call good results, but passable), and worked with Womble MPEG Video Wizard editor, etc. Plus the heat from it is negligible, and there's no fan so it's quiet. On the other hand, I believe it falls far below the minimum specs mentioned for the Blue-Ray burner I bought but have not deployed yet.
Here's another factor: I really like this fanless card option. They are definitely quiet, which is a big plus, and some are reported to run pretty cool, with a lower power draw. That's ideal for an HTPC-size box like mine. But the cards I've looked into so far seem to be disqualified, either due to size or thickness.
Hopefully some of you have juggled some of these same desired parameters.
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what type of slot? pci, agp, pci-e(1.0) or (2.0)--
"a lot of people are better dead" - prisoner KSC2-303
Pretty much every AMD/ATI and nvidia video card made now can play blu-ray flawlessly and meet all your requirements. Aside from the low power, obviously. Silent cards at Newegg:
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Would I be correct in surmising that the vast majority of less-than-current model video cards won't make the grade, because they lack either HDMI Out or HDCP compliance ? (That would be for the possible Blu-Ray portion of this.) And what is this business with "must have an HDCP compliant monitor" ? I'd like to continue using my Iiyama CRT monitor, which I think has all the resolution I'm ever going to need.
PowerDVD. It's not needed to play Blu-ray rips (copy protections have been removed).
VLC, that can get around this HDCP restriction ? (If Fab and AnyDVD exist for rips, in theory I don't see how Big Content would be able to stop someone from putting out a desktop player that can do this. They might have to hq in one of the scofflaw countries. Or open source it.) If rips are the only way to get around this limitation, I could live with that -- although it would be less convenient and more time consuming.