I need a low-profile PCI video card.

By Shaft · 19 replies
Aug 3, 2002
  1. My mom bought a micro-tower gateway system with onboard video *shudder* and 3 PCI slots (no AGP). I'm looking for a new video card, but it needs to be low-profile so that it'll fit. It needs to be something like this card, complete with the low-profile bracket in the upper-left corner below the cord.

  2. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 593

    Didn't you already post something about your mom's video setup? Ah yes, here it is. Why not buy that card and worst case scenario you just cut off the metal so that it'll fit in there. :shrug: unless you plan to be throwing the computer from the top of the stairs to the bottom on a daily basis, i see no reason why the video card would just come loose by 'itself.'
  3. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 79

    I ordered the aforementioned card, since it was the only one I could find with the low-profile bracket. If I got a regular PCI card I wouldn't be able to close the case, since the card would be too tall, so it's not just a case of retention.
  4. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 593

    Is it one of those slim computer towers? Like the new dell ones which are like 6 inches thick?
  5. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 79

    Yeah, it's just under 5 inches thick.
  6. PHATMAN5050

    PHATMAN5050 TS Rookie Posts: 593

    Ah, i didn't catch that from your original post. I understand where your dilema was now.
  7. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 79

    No problem.
  8. ss1

    ss1 TS Rookie Posts: 94

    Yeah Shaft I'm in the same boat. But in my case I'm looking for an AGP one to replace the TNT2 that NEC gave me.

  9. JAV

    JAV TS Rookie Posts: 210

    Hi Shaft,

    You've peaked my interest: what card is that pictured? I'd say GF2 MX400, but the fan has me thrown. Blue pcb, MSI?

    What a bummer the mfg's do this bs to consumers. Lucky you can even get a decent PCI card anymore.


    I've seen some low profile ATi 8500 AGP card. ASUS, IIRC.
  10. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 79

    It is a GF2 MX 400 64mb by XFX Pine Technologies.
  11. ss1

    ss1 TS Rookie Posts: 94

    Gigabyte seem to sell some low profile Raedon 7000 AGP cards but no 8500 ones so far. I couldn't find any low profile cards on Asus's website though.

  12. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

  13. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 79

    I would have gotten something like that, but the bracket is standard sized, so it wouldn't fit. Damn little PC. I got the new card and RAM installed today, and the performance is MUCH better. I was getting ~30fps in half-life and now I'm getting ~140fps. It'll be nice to have something to play on when I'm home on weekends during college and I leave my system there.
  14. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I have a hard time understanding why there's so much of a difference between the dimensions of a regular tower and your super thin tower.

    There's only a 2" difference (width wise) between your case and a normal case.. You would think they would at least manage to make the expansion bays the correct size.

    Considering CD ROMs are 5¼" wide, I'm guessing you have some sort of micro-CD-ROM drive(s) too?
  15. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 79

    Actually the DVD-ROM and floppy drives are set vertically. They could have made the expansion ports larger, but instead they made them use the low-pro bracket and have an "expansion card retention mechanism" that is essentially a "flap" of metal that screws in using one screw, so you don't actually screw the cards in themselves. I'd never seen anything like it.
  16. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Very odd.
  17. Shaft

    Shaft TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 79

    Here is a picture of the back of the system for a visual aid of what I tried to explain.

  18. jdfitch936

    jdfitch936 TS Rookie

    Low Profile Video Cards

    AGP and PCI 64 and 128 meg Jaton and Chaintech nVidia MX4000, FX5200 and FX5700
    AGP ATI 128 and 256 meg 9200 and 9250
    all Low Profile or Half height if you will.
    Include 3 inch half hieght bracket and also the standard 5 inch bracket if you so desire.

    This Forum will not allow URL posting so I can not point you to the correct website. you can IM me AOL jdfitch936

    As always just let me now if you have questions

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  19. Jaredgr

    Jaredgr TS Rookie

    Similar dilema

    I kinda know how you feel with the whole low profile problem. I have one of the low-profile Dell boxes and I am trying to find a Video card for AGB that is high performance enough for me to play Half Life 2. If anyone has any input please let me know. I am pretty desperate at the moment.
  20. jdfitch936

    jdfitch936 TS Rookie

    The Atlantis Radeon 9600SE should do you just fine. We have tested the HL2 Demo on an Athlon XP 2800 With this card which is 128Meg. Our website ships it with the low profile brackets but it does not come from the Manufacture that way.
    If you have one of the Dimension 4700C or the like that only have PCI-Express X16 expansion then you will need to look at our listing for the Radeon X300 128MB on board Hyper memory to 256 computercareonline and of course that is a dot com
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