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In terms of graphics cards, not everyone needs the fastest option on the market to fulfil their needs. More often than you think, the average consumers wants a reliable videocard that will cover all the bases in terms of everyday computer use and still be powerful enough to do some minor gaming from time to time. One such application would be the HTPC market where a low profile, low power consumption card that still contains all the capability, but without the unneeded 3D graphics processing power. Today I will be reviewing Asus' ENGT430 Geforce GT 430 graphics card which is targeted towards the HTPC market and/or the computer builder that only will be doing some minor gaming along with their day to day computer use. Will this graphics card fill this void or will it leave the consumer wanting something with a bit more power. Read on the Page 2 to find out. ASUS, a technology-oriented company with a global staff of more than ten thousand and blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is renowned for high-quality products and cutting-edge innovation.
Nvidia has taken its time about it, but now we're seeing its DirectX 11 Fermi GPU filtering down into the mainstream sector with the £70 GeForce GT 430. AMD has had its lineup of DX11 cards set up since February this year, around which time the green side of the graphics divide was starting to really nail down its first DX11 part: the GTX 480.This inaugural seriously sub-£100 Fermi card is from graphics gurus Asus, and the first thing you'll notice is that it's designed to cater for the wee machine crowd. The chip is based on a half-height PCB and in the box you'll find two spare brackets – both half-height too – for plugging into media-centre/lounge PCs.With another new CPU design to cover this lower-end card, we're seeing a GPU that as well as having its PCB halved in size has been almost halved itself relative to the GTS 450's GF106, which hit us a month or so back.We say almost, because it's actually a little bit less than half the chip of the rather impressive GTS 450. The GF108 has two Streaming Multiprocessors as opposed to the GF106's four, meaning we get half the number of CUDA cores and texture mapping units at 96 and 16.The big difference is the render output units (ROPs) have been cut by two thirds.
It's taken Nvidia a while to push its new GPU architecture down to all the major price tiers, but now that Fermi has broken the $100 barrier, it looks like the process is more or less complete. The newest addition to Nvidia's line is the GeForce GT 430 chipset, represented in cards like Asus' ENGT430, which comes in at the very bottom of the pricing structure: $79 list. The sub-$100 market is a volatile one right now, and not everyone will need (or want) cards positioned there. As long as you only need basic video processing, for things like Blu-ray, Stereoscopic 3D, and HD streaming, the GT 430 is an attractive value. But if your ambitions stretch much further, particularly into the gaming realm, you'll want to find something else. In most ways, the ENGT430 matches Nvidia's specifications for GT 430 models. It's a single-slot PCI Express x16 card, clocked at 700 MHz and loaded with 1GB of 800-MHz DDR3 memory with a 128-bit interface. The card does not require a direct power connection to your computer's power supply, and offers one DVI, one VGA, and one mini HDMI output on its mounting bracket.
Not everyone has an up-to-date, flavor of the week gaming rig. In fact, when you compare the amount of gaming rigs to those used on a daily basis for surfing the web, editing or viewing digital content (be it photos or video, etc), the more pedestrian machines outnumber the gaming rigs by more than a two to one ratio. So what that means is as a company, you go where the fish are and with the right bait to entice the fish to bite. A larger pool means more bites. Seems simple, right? NVIDIA must think so as it has now adapted their Fermi architecture to start filling all the price and performance points that ATI has previously filled with their latest DX 11 capable cards. NVIDIA has worked from the top down with their GF 100, GF 104, GF 106 and now their GF 108 GPU's. This latest revision is meant to tackle the Digital Media PC and HTPC markets that fill up a significant portion of the discrete GPU market. The GF 108 based GT430 is the card that is meant to fulfill this purpose in NVIDIA's product stack and is the replacement for the GT220. The GT430 is built using the same 40nm build process and comes with a single GPC, two Streaming Multi processors (SMs), two frame buffer partitions (FBs) and one half ROP partition (four ROP units).
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.
Not all new graphics cards are destined to find homes in high-end gaming rigs. Sure, most graphics cards are aimed at providing great looking images in games, but another up and coming venue is the home theater PC. This is the market that Nvidia aims at with their new GeForce GT 430 GPU. We will be taking a look at ASUS' iteration, the ENGT430. The ASUS ENGT430 features the Nvidia GeForce TG430 GPU (based on the GF108 Fermi GPU) running at 700MHz and 1GB of DDR3 memory. The memory is clocked at 1600MHz and is on a 128-bit interface. This card is ideal for HTPCs with its low profile design, allowing it to fit into thinner cases with the included optional mounting brackets. While the ENGT430 is primarily geared towards a life in the multimedia world, it still packs a punch in the 3D graphics arena, with entry-level DirectX 11 performance. One note worth mentioning in the specifications is that the refrence NVIDIA GT 430 has a default memory speed of 1800MHz. The ASUS memory is clocked at 1600MHz, however, in the overclocking section, we were able to take it quite higher than the refrence speeds.
|Asus GeForce GT 430 1GB Low Profile (64-bit memory interface)||$49.95||See it|
|GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card, ENGT430/DI/1GD3/MG(LP)||$65.52||See it|
|ASUS GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card, ENGT430 DC SL/DI/1GD3||$67.99||See it|
|ASUS GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card, ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP)||$72||See it|
|GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card, ENGT430/DI/1GD3/MG(LP)||$82.5||See it|
|ASUS GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card, ENGT430 DC SL/DI/1GD3||$92.97||See it|
|ASUS GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card, ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP)||$500||See it|