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|Review: Gigabyte Geforce GT 430 OC (1Gb DDR3)|
|Posted by Winston|
|Tuesday, 26 October 2010 22:00|
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A couple of weeks ago, Nvidia launched their new budget 400 series graphics GPU, the Geforce GT 430. It was mainly to replace their aging Geforce GT 200 series, which was mostly aimed at the low-end and entry-level market. We had mix reactions with the results produced by the Geforce GT 430. It was able to cope with some DX11 gaming, but only barely. So for mainstream gamers, it wasn't really up to scratch. However, for multimedia applications such as watching movies, basic photo manipulation and your usual web/office programs, it was OK and offered acceptable performance. But remember, Geforce GT 430 is really aimed at the low-end and entry-level market ... in short it's a budget graphics card. So can't expect too much from it.
Today we take a look at the Gigabyte Geforce GT 430 OC (1Gb DDR3) - GV-N430OC-1GL. The card comes in a low-profile PCI-E form factor, and features a GPU that's slightly overclocked at 730Mhz (default is 700Mhz). It contains only 96 processor cores but comes with 1Gb of DDR3 ram using a128-bit memory interface, producing an effective speed of 1800 MHz (2 x 900Mhz). As with all Geforce 400 series, the GT 430 GPU comes with some of the Nividia's 3D technologies, which includes CUDA, DX11, OpenGL 4.0, PhysX, Nvidia's 3D Vision, as well as HD hardware video decode acceleration. However, there's no support for SLI.
The Gigabyte Geforce GT 430 OC features a compact GPU cooler with twin fans. It's the first of its kind we've seen, since most GT 430s will only contain one fan. Its low profile form factor means that this card is ideal for HTPC users, and will fit in most, if not all chassis. For connectivity, it has a DVI, HDMI and a standard 15-pin D-sub VGA connector, which is more than enough to be compatible with any montior ... no need for converters or adaptors.
Although the Gigabyte Geforce GT 430 OC is only slightly overclocked by an extra 30Mhz, it will be interesting to see how well the Gigabyte's version will perform against the Zotac's standard non-overclocked version. As far as performance is concerned, we're not expecting it to be anywhere near as good as the current mainstream gaming cards out there. It should however, handle some DX11 games, but it's not really recommended for high-resolution/high-detail gaming.
We'll be testing the Gigabyte Geforce GT 430 OC (1Gb DDR3) on our test rig, which consists of the following ... Intel Core i5 - 650 (LGA 1156), Gigabyte P55 USB3 motherboard, 4Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracer, Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler and a Thermaltake Tough Powerr 875w power supply. It's the same system we've been using to test all our graphics card.
OK, I've been told not to use this line ... "let's not waste any more time and take a closer look at the specifications and features". LOL!, So instead, let's drive straight in, and take a look at the specifications and features of the Gigabyte Geforce GT 430 OC (1Gb DDR3) on our next page ...