ATI HD3470 ReviewMakaveli - March 3, 2008
Category: Video Cards
Price: $55-65 USD
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There are so many questions that you need to ask yourself while you're looking into getting a home theater PC. Not only will your shopping list for parts be fairly long, but you'll have to answer the following questions before you purchase anything. What motherboard should I get? Do I absolutely need a video card? Or will the motherboard's onboard video be sufficient? Today we're going to answer those very questions, as well as many others.
The ATI HD 3470 is a newly released video card from ATI that was designed specifically for HTPCs. ATi has also recently released 3450 and 3650 models at about the same time as this 3470 that we received. These 3400 series cards are not made for gaming, so don't expect to see very high frame rates in games. This HD 3470 supports high definition video, DirectX 10, VGA and DVI outputs, among other technologies. Will this ATI HD 3470 be a must-have for HTPCs? Does it perform better than a motherboard's onboard video? Join me as I thoroughly investigate the ATI HD 3450 HTPC video card.
We received an OEM version of the ATI HD 3470, so there were no instructions, driver CDs, or accesories included. The ATI HD 3470 is a PCI-Express x16 card and while it's smaller than I anticipated, I can already tell that this card will produce very little, if any, sound. This is because the fan is very small and even at full power I'm guessing that the fan can't make too much noise. I took the heatsink off of the GPU so that you can see the memory chips and the GPU itself. The thermal paste on the GPU was extremely hard to get off. It was almost like dried peanut butter.
As mentioned earlier, this card is a PCI-Express x16 card and it does support Crossfire. Also, there is an onboard high definition audio connector.
This ATI HD 3470 has both VGA and DVI outputs, as well as an S-Video output. This is convenient because some users do not have the VGA to DVI converters.
Now let's move on and take a closer look at the Catalyst Control Center.