I have a dell optiplex 990 ssf with an i5 processer, 4GB ram and 240w psu, my aunt got me for school this year. it is perfect for writing paters and surfing but I'd also like to play some video games. I'm pretty sure the integrated graphics card isn't much for gaming. As I searched the forums here I came across a potential limiting factor of this motherboard as to a 25w limit to the pci-e slot. This motherboard has only 2 16x sized pci-e slots and nothing more. The documentation is unclear as to which motherboards in the optiplex 990 series has this limitation and which integrated video system is included. Could you please help me as to which video cards I can utilize in this rig?
Currently my 2 considerations are:
Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile
Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready
Both are low wattage and low profile.
I do not intend on overclocking anything just to use this system for moderate gaming on occasion.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Hi, I personally have a Dell Optiplex 990 SFF, the upgrade you are looking for is the Sapphire 7750 Single Slot Low profile. It performs considerably better and draws lesser power (7750 TDP 55W 6670 TDP 68W) compared to the 6670.
Beachmark 6670 and 7750 - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750-benchmark,3135.html
To add on, there's another added bonus that it frees up the other 16X (4-Wired) Pcie Slot for 1X Pcie 4 Port Usb 3.0 expansion card.
At the very least that is the setup i am using and it's perfect for my use.
Hope it helps!
There is ZERO to no Room for many cards on the SFF. You would have to hacksaw and dremel and even then it may be too large.
There was a Guy that Shoehorned a 5670 into the 990 after using hacksaw, dremel tool, and then electric tape to hold it back together since the cover no longer latched.
Jun 2, 2011 – Below is the original MSI ATX Radeon HD R5670 graphics card immediately before I cut into it with the dremel ....
Since I cut off the side of the caddy, I attach the hard drive to the caddy with electrical tape. You can see the electrical tape in the red circles in the picture below. The point "P" in the picture below will rotate down and press up against the new graphics card.
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The Sapphire 7750 is a small, one-slot card similar in dimensions to their 6570 offering, which I fit into an HP S3XXX mini-ITX slimline. (It is currently in an Optiplex 960 SFF.)
As for the Patriot memory, I wouldn't recommend something with tall heat-spreaders in such a small case.