|ASUS GeForce GT 430 Overclocking Performance|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Thursday, 28 October 2010|
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ASUS ENGT430 GeForce GT 430 Conclusion
The ASUS ENGT430 is an interesting video card, as I pointed out in my original review article. The ENGT430 comes in at the low-end of the video card price segment for $79.99 at NewEgg. It also provides features such as DX11 and PhysX support. With DX11 bringing gaming and graphics back to a point where innovations in hardware have to keep up with software, this is a necessary feature on any new video card. But the thing that NVIDIA is marketing the new GF108 enabled GT 430 video cards for something that doesn't necessarily require DX11.
3D is the new word in computer and home theater entertainment. The home theater and media PC market is growing very rapidly and is already a much larger market than PC gaming. 3D media doesn't require as much graphics power as DX11 gaming, and certainly not as much as 3D gaming. But it does require special and capable hardware. The ASUS ENGT430 provides a key part of the hardware necessary for 3D media playback. Not long ago, NVIDIA was the clear leader in 3D capable GPUs. The release of the 6800 series and new drivers for the 5000 series, AMD is battling back to claim their share of the 3D explosion.
The ASUS ENGT430 won't play 3D-intensive video games. The ENGT430 won't play DX11 games without seriously lowering the settings. The ENGT430 won't even play a lot of DX10 games without lowering the settings by quite a bit. But that wasn't the purpose of the ASUS ENGT430. The purpose was to provide an inexpensive video card for HTPC and media PC users that supports DX11 and 3D media playback. The ASUS ENGT430 certainly works for that purpose.
We have seen in this article some of the features that are quite important where HTPCs and media PCs are concerned. The temperatures of the ASUS ENGT430 remain relatively low despite the lack of cooling provided with the card. The small fan and heatsink help the low-profile ENGT430 take up less space in a crowded case. If you have another full-sized PCI slot next to the ASUS ENGT430, however, it will cover it up. The ENGT430 uses minimal power. Our entire test system with the ASUS ENGT430 would be able to run on they type of power supply generally found in an HTPC case. Additionally, the ASUS ENGT430, like the other Fermi-based cards we have tested here at Benchmark Reviews, is a great overclocker. We were able to get 21% more speed out of the ENGT430 wihtout going overboard trying take it to the limit. There is likely at least a little more headroom in there.
For media PC users, or potential users, the ASUS ENGT430 provides a great option for maintaining the newest technology for your PC and TV all in one package. 3D media will be playable using the ENGT430. If you have an HTPC and want to keep it while still being able to watch 3D movies and videos, the ENGT430 will let you do that. Like I mentioned earlier, however, things change fast in the PC hardware industry. A lot is happening, especially in the 3D segment. Keep an eye out, because 3D is coming on fast and I'll bet we will be seeing a lot of changes and advancement in the near future.
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