NVIDIA GeForce GT 430: Cheap DX11 Graphics

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With the exception of the heatsink, the Asus ENGT430 closely follows NVIDIA's reference design. It features a single slot cooler, with a small fan actively moving air throughout its fins. Noise level is not a factor, as this cooling system runs silently during normal operation. Asus also claims the fan is sealed and "dust proof", which should prolong its life.  



The Asus ENGT430 measures 6.3" long, and 2.8" high. No additional power connectors are required. While on the subject of power, we should also mention that the Asus ENGT430 features covered chokes, which are more power efficient and produce less heat than cheaper toroidal coil choke. And the EBGT430 uses solid capacitors, which are more power efficient and longer lasting as well.

The rear bracket sports a VGA, one HDMI, and one dual link DVI port. That's the standard output configuration found in entry level video cards targeted at the HTPC stape. Also, it's worth noting that the GT 430 does not have SLI capability.


With the ENGT430, Asus includes a user’s manual, driver disc, and two low profile brackets. The brackets are half height options for users who require only VGA or HDMI / DVI ports, and plan to install the card in a slim form factor HTPC enclosure.

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acarzt 4 years ago

Hmmm, I was expecting a little more from this little guy... it is entry level tho.

How overclockable is this thing, and would it even be worth it?

marco c 4 years ago

If you're looking for a cheap gaming card, IMO, overclocking one of these isn't the way to go. Spring for the next step up and look into a GTS 450 or 5670 class card.

bob_on_the_cob 4 years ago

As slow as it is. I bet it would still out perform the 9600gt and 8800gts that I have in Jen and my PCs. I think it would fit real nice in her SFF box and should handle Team Fortress no problem.

lonewolf 4 years ago

This is a great card for an HTPC. Almost reminds me of my 9800 pro when I had a Golden Orb cooler mounted on it. 

Good to see Nvidia coming out with new cards even though they are late in the game. 

With that said....bring on the AMD 6 series!!!! Big Smile

realneil 4 years ago

I need a low profile card for a Dell Vostro that someone gave me today. This looks like it would do the trick.

animatortom 4 years ago

I can understand being cheap on a MOBO, PSU or even RAM.

But if you are to game, at least go for a moderatly priced mid range card!

Thats like using 99c oil in a Ferrari just before a race!

bob_on_the_cob 4 years ago

[quote user="animatortom"]I can understand being cheap on a MOBO, PSU or even RAM. [/quote]


Those are the worst.

On a serious note. I would not go out and get one of these cards to play games, but with all the cuda stuff and browsers and other stuff going GPU rendered it's not a bad idea to have a low end GPU in a none gaming PC. Plus someone like Jen(My better half) who only plays Team Fortress 2 it would run fine.

nemanja23 4 years ago

this is a very cheap graphics card that i might consider putting in my sisters desktop!!!!

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