Asus Radeon R5 230 2GB DDR3 Graphics Card #R5230-SL-2GD3-L

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Asus Radeon R5 230 2GB DDR3 Graphics Card #R5230-SL-2GD3-L

Product Id: 14.02.006.183

Regular Price  4,990
Special Price  4,700

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Quick Overview

Chipset Vendor - AMD Radeon
GPU - Asus Radeon R5 230
Memory Size - 2GB
Interface - PCI Express 2.1
Recommended PSU - 350W
Multi Display Capability - Dual Display
HDCP Support - Yes

General

Chipset
AMD Radeon
GPU
Asus Radeon R5 230
Part No
R5230-SL-2GD3-L
Warranty
2 year

Technical Information

Engine Clock
Base-650MHz
Memory Clock
1200 MHz
Capacity (GB/TB)
2GB
Memory Bus
64-bit
Memory Type
DDR3
Interface Bus
PCI Express 2.1
DirectX Support
11
HDCP Support
Yes
Supported Operating System
Windows 8.1

Display & Resolution

Graphics Resolution Max.
2560x1600
Multi Display Capability
Dual Display

Ports

VGA Port
1
DVI Port
1
HDMI Port
1

Power

Power Consumption
75W (Max.)
Recommended PSU
350W

Additional Info

Others
Core Name: Caicos Pro
Specialty
low profile graphics card for silent HTPC build, Silent passive cooling means true 0dB - perfect for quiet home theater PCs and multimedia centers, Lowers graphics card EMI by 66% for more stable operation, clearer display, and safer computing, Low profile graphics cards for HTPC and multimedia PCs support smooth 1280 x 1024 gaming and Blu-ray 3D, GPU Tweak helps modify clock speeds, voltages, fan performance and more, all via an intuitive interface, GPU Tweak Streaming tool allows to share on-screen action in real-time, Add scrolling text, pictures, and webcam images to the streaming window easily

Details

Asus Radeon R5 230

                                                                   

ASUS Radeon R5 230 2GB DDR3 low profile graphics card for silent HTPC build

  • Silent passive cooling means true 0dB - perfect for quiet home theater PCs and multimedia centers.
  • Lowers graphics card EMI by 66% for more stable operation, clearer display, and safer computing.
  • Low profile graphics cards for HTPC and multimedia PCs support smooth 1280 x 1024 gaming and Blu-ray 3D.
  • GPU Tweak helps you modify clock speeds, voltages, fan performance and more, all via an intuitive interface.
  • GPU Tweak Streaming tool allows you to share on-screen action in real-time. Add scrolling text, pictures, and webcam images to the streaming window easily.

Graphics galore for everyone!

R5 230 is the fantastic new graphics card from ASUS. Engineered with a highly-efficient 0dB thermal design, it dissipates heat in complete silence — making R5 230 the perfect choice for your slimline home-theater PC (HTPC) build. Advanced EMI shielding reduces electromagnetic interference by up to 66% for a stable signal, pin-sharp images and safer and healthier computing. And because we know you love to customize, use the included GPU Tweak software to control video memory, voltages and cooling fans and even stream live gameplay in real time!

I/O Ports Highlight

  • 1 x Native D-Sub
  • 1 x Native DVI-D
  • 1 x Native HDMI

0dB Silent Cooling
Perfect for building a hushed HTPC

Exclusive ASUS-designed heatsinks with large surface areas effectively cool graphics cards passively so absolutely no sound is produced while running - perfect for high definition and silent home theater PCs and multimedia centers.

EMI Shield
Clearer signals and safer usage

ASUS reduces 66%* of electromagnetic interference both given off and received by the card - resulting in a more stable signal, clearer screen display, and a safer, healthier computing environment.

GPU Tweak with Streaming

Real-time intuitive graphics tuning

  • Shows detailed specs and actual card status with GPU-Z
  • Sync GPU clocks and voltages for easier overclocking
  • Monitoring widget provides real-time detailed multi-parameter info
  • Automatically checks and updates drivers and BIOS versions
  • Stream on-screen action to the web in full HD

Stream online instantly

GPU Tweak streaming tool that lets you share on-screen action in real time – so others can watch live as games are played. It's even possible to add to the streaming window scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.

 

Chipset - AMD Radeon, Graphics Engine Model - Asus Radeon R5 230, Interface Bus - PCI Express 2.1, Engine Clock - Base-650MHz, Memory Clock - 1200 MHz, Memory Size - 2GB, Memory Type - DDR3, Memory Bus - 64-bit, Digital Max Resolution - 2560x1600, DirectX - 11, VGA Port - 1, DVI Port - 1, HDMI Port - 1, Power Consumption - 75W (Max.), Recommended PSU - 350W, Multi Display Capability - Dual Display, HDCP Support - Yes, Specialty - low profile graphics card for silent HTPC build, Silent passive cooling means true 0dB - perfect for quiet home theater PCs and multimedia centers, Lowers graphics card EMI by 66% for more stable operation, clearer display, and safer computing, Low profile graphics cards for HTPC and multimedia PCs support smooth 1280 x 1024 gaming and Blu-ray 3D, GPU Tweak helps modify clock speeds, voltages, fan performance and more, all via an intuitive interface, GPU Tweak Streaming tool allows to share on-screen action in real-time, Add scrolling text, pictures, and webcam images to the streaming window easily, Supported OS - Windows 8.1, Warranty - 2 Year, Part No - R5230-SL-2GD3-L, Others - Core Name: Caicos Pro

If you’re looking into building a gaming PC, it is essential to pick the right GPU for your setup. The process of choosing the right GPU, however, can be nerve-wracking, as there's so much to consider, from the type of monitor you’re using to the size of your chassis and more.

If you are well-aware of your PC requirements and performance goals within a given budget, it’s quite easier to pick a GPU as per your needs. Here are a few factors that need to be taken into account before purchasing a GPU.
 

AMD or Nvidia: The GPU market is flooded with hundreds of graphics card from dozens of manufacturers. But only two companies – AMD and Nvidia – make the GPUs that power these components.
 

If you’re on a tight budget, go for AMD. There is none to beat AMD in terms of price. AMD offers powerful budget, mid-range, and upper-tier GPUs at a competitive price. 

If it is the performance that matters to you the most, Nvidia should be your go-to choice. Nothing from AMD can outperform Nvidia’s top-tier cards today. Nvidia, however, comes with a hefty price tag.

AMD Radeon RX graphic cards seem to consistently offer more bang for your buck in the lower price bracket. Nvidia, on the other hand, rules the high-end GPU market with more powerful and expensive cards.

The monitor requirement is another factor that should determine your purchasing decision. What does your monitor supports – Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync? Both of these technologies synchronize the refresh rate between the video card and the display to eliminate tearing. It is crucial to choose a GPU that is compatible with your monitor.
 

Graphics Card Memory: For serious gaming at 1080p, you better opt for a graphics card with at least 3GB of memory. It is recommended to go for 4 GB though. You’ll need more memory if you play with all the settings turned up or you install high-resolution texture packs. For gaming at higher resolutions such as 1440p or 4K, 8 GB or more is ideal.

Also, you need to pay attention to memory bandwidth. Data ready to be processed by the GPU is usually stored on the card’s dedicated memory called as GDDR3, GDDR4, GDDR5, or GDDR6. Note that GDDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth of GDDR3 clocked at the same rate.
 

Compatibility: Check the dimension of the graphics card before making a purchase, as you need to be certain that there will be space in the case for your GPU. 

Take note of the power supply as well. How many amps can it supply on the 12v rails? How many watts is it rated for, and how many six- and eight-pin PCIe connectors does it have? Cross-reference this information with the graphics card you want to buy. If your computer can’t handle it, you’ll want to look for a graphics card that will require less power or consider a power upgrade.

Lastly, check the ports. Some monitors use DisplayPort, others have HDMI, and some older units only use DVI. Ensure the card you want to buy has the connectors you need for your monitors. If you buy a card with different ports from the ones on your monitor, you may have to buy an adapter at an extra cost.
 

CUDA Cores / Stream Processors: While CUDA cores don’t tell you much about performance, they are very important, especially in gaming. CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) is Nvidia’s proprietary parallel computing language that works to leverage the GPU in specific ways to perform tasks with greater accuracy. A CUDA core is Nvidia’s equivalent to AMD’s Stream Processors.

The more the number of CUDA cores or Stream Processors, the better the GPU is at rendering outstanding visuals. This is very important for handling intensive graphics work or in gaming where frame rates are paramount.

TDP Values: Just like CPU, the GPU produces heat for all the processing work it does, which is shown by its TDP value. TDP values indicate the amount of power required to keep the GPU at an acceptable temperature. The more power the GPU requires; the more heat it will produce. As such, always go for the GPU with the smallest TDP value.

If you take all the issues mentioned above into consideration while purchasing a GPU, you are most likely to end up with a PC that delivers the desired output, in general. Investing in a capable GPU will not only get you a capable PC for graphic intensive work but also give you a more fluid and immersive gaming experience.

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