abedsbrother Feb 19 @ 2:06pm
Best Low-Power (6-pin) GPU
I'm not talking about cards that draw their power from the system via the motherboard.

If your limit was one 6-pin connector to power the graphics card, what is the most powerful GPU out there?

I settled on this one, but am curious to hear other options.
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/R7260XDC2OC2GD5/
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rotNdude Feb 19 @ 2:46pm 
Any PCI-E card will draw 75W from the motherboard slot. So you're looking for a card that draws less than 150W? What power supply do you have and what is your budget for a new video card?
abedsbrother Feb 19 @ 2:55pm 
Corsair TX650.
_I_ Feb 19 @ 3:07pm 
tx650 will be fine with any single gpu
corsair gamer Feb 19 @ 4:30pm 
think he wants to know about GPU not PSU , there are a lot of Graphics cards that only use 1 6 pin connector the Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB OC for example is better than the ASUS you suggested . but we really need to know what PSU you have and what it supplies on the 12v rail
_I_ Feb 19 @ 4:41pm 
he has a tx650

all we need to know is a budget for a gpu

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-3.html
i expect to see the 750ti in there soon
its price and performance sits between the 260x and 660

abedsbrother Feb 19 @ 5:24pm 
Budget is $150.
Thanks for all replies so far. While I know any kind of advanced graphics will use more electricity (in some casees obv. a lot), I am trying to keep power consumption as low as possible.
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Rumpelcrutchskin Feb 20 @ 12:05am 
Put $30 more into it and get GTX 660. It's much better card and will run lot more games smoothly then cheaper alternatives.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=76367&vpn=GTX660-DC2O-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1253

Power consumption of GTX 660 is quite low and it needs only one 6-pin power connector.
Space Monkey Feb 20 @ 1:04am 
The number of pins on the connector is not really the explicit indicator here unless you've decided that you only want a 150w graphics solution. The 6-pin connectors will fit in the 8-pin ~ but just make sure the 6-pin connector has 3x yellow cables running in it instead of 2x. With 3x 12V power lines, the difference between the 6-pin and 8-pin becomes 2 ground pins.

senseidongen Feb 20 @ 1:21am 
If your concern is low power, the GTX 750Ti suggested is your best bet - if you want to know what the most powerful single 6 pin GPU is, then that is the R9 270, followed closely by the GTX 660. The power consumption of the 750 Ti though is much lower for a relatively small hit in performance
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Rove Feb 20 @ 2:13am 
I'd say stick with the ASUS R7 260X 2GB. That's a good card and it's got more GFLOPS than the XB1 or PS4.

As a alternative there is the HD 7850 2GB for $155~
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100355oc2l
Please note however that this GPU requires 2*6 pin connectors instead of just 1. I just mentioned it because it's in your price range and you have a 650w PSU that should be able to handle it so I'm not sure why you bother to limit to one 6 pin only?

I personally would stay away from the GTX 750 ti for a desktop gaming rig. The GFLOPS gap between it and the GTX 760 is too great, 1300~ vs 2200~ and also 1300~ GFLOPS is less than either the PS4 or XB1. Even if Nvidia has some performance magic that goes beyond it's technical stats I'd rather play it safe and get something with better stats than the consoles or as close as I could afford.

The GTX 750 ti is a great solution for a low power computer (it's only 60w with the highest GFLOPS per watt available) with NO 6 pin connector at all since it doesn't need one.
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senseidongen Feb 20 @ 2:33am 
Originally posted by Rove:
I'd say stick with the ASUS R7 260X 2GB. That's a good card and it's got more GFLOPS than the XB1 or PS4.

As a alternative there is the HD 7850 2GB for $155~
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100355oc2l

I personally would stay away from the GTX 750 ti for a desktop gaming rig. The GFLOPS gap between it and the GTX 760 is too great, 1300~ vs 2200~ and also 1300~ GFLOPS is less than either the PS4 or XB1. Even if Nvidia has some performance magic that goes beyond it's technical stats I'd rather play it safe and get something with better stats than the consoles or as close as I could afford.

The GTX 750 ti is a great solution for a low power computer (it's only 60w with the highest GFLOPS per watt available) with NO 6 pin connector at all since it doesn't need one.
I hate to disagree (being a fan of AMD as I am) but the GTX 750 Ti is apparently a match/slightly better even than the R7 260X
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7764/the-nvidia-geforce-gtx-750-ti-and-gtx-750-review-maxwell/11

How this runs so against the stats (as you point out) is quite surprising but the proof seems to be there! I haven't read that review in full yet, but several of the games favour the 750 Ti over the 260X
Rove Feb 20 @ 3:11am 
GTX 750 ti and 750 are great little card but I believe their target (and best use) is small form factor HTPC & OEM upgrades due to not needing a PCIe 6 pin connector.

For current games they certainly seem to hold their own. I'd wonder where that goes though as next generation console gaming and higher resolution monitors really become standard and PCs are made to match or beat them. Maybe then maximum GFLOPS count for something?

The review ended saying that the GTX 750 ti and GTX 750 were behind the R7 260X and R7 265 in price / performance ratio but that they really hit the HTPC and OEM upgrade spot.

They are good trouble free overclockers though. Much like the HD 7790's.
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