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Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I Radeon HD 4350 Half-Height Videocard Review

Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I Radeon HD 4350 Half-Height Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I is a half-height PCI Express x16 videocard designed for small form factor and home theatre PCs that need a bit more horsepower, HDMI output, or both.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 08 2009   J. Apong  
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Onboard HDMI Output for High Definition Video

While it's completely unsuitable for pretty much any kind of 3D gaming, the Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I videocard is a positively cheap and easy way to bring HDMI output into any computer with a free PCI Express x16 slot.

For standard 2D desktop applications the Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I is quite versatile, thanks to a trio of video outputs in the most important formats. VGA, DVI and HDMI are all here on a single I/O panel. The DVI and HDMI outputs support HDCP output as well, and the HDMI port can carry audio as well, without the need of a pass-through S/PDIF connection.

Being one of the few PCI Express x16 videocards in it's clas that can be put into a thin or half-height PC chassis is another advantage of the GV-R435OC-512I videocard. It's a great way to turn an aging book-sized PC (provided it has PCI Express, and not AGP), into a viable HTPC box with HDMI output.

All of this is easy to plug in and setup. The Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I videocard draws very little power, with a total system power draw of only 79W at idle, and 109W at peak according to our tests. It's also stays quite cool, and its noise levels were undetectable during typical fan operation.

Plugging the Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I videocard into an 1080p-capable, audio-equipped monitor like the ASUS VH242H via HDMI was effortless and neither sound or picture quality had any signs of distortion or artifacting.

For $45 CDN($40 USD, £25 GBP), the Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I videocard offers up HD video playback over HDMI and provides all the output options you need for regular desktop office applications (not gaming!). For those on a tight budget that need a bit more gaming power, moving up to the Radeon HD 4770 may be more up your alley.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I Radeon HD 4350 Half-Height Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Radeon 4350 GPU and HD Playback Tests
 Pg 3.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 9.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry 2, Crysis
 Pg 10.  — Onboard HDMI Output for High Definition Video

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