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Written by Hank Tolman   
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS GeForce GT 430 Overclocking Performance
GeForce GT 430 Overclocking
Fermi GF108 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
ASUS ENGT430 GeForce GT 430 Conclusion

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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# Not worth itBernardP 2010-10-28 04:38
The GT 430 seems to be an unbalanced design, with too few ROPs. It's not worth the effort to overclock it. My year-old GT240 performs better in games (except for DX11) and has the same multimedia performance.

NVidia needs to come up with something better in that price segment. An OEM version of the GT240 is already available and looks more promising:

I'm betting the GT430 will be short-lived.
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# .killerbee 2010-10-28 04:46
BernardP: your gt 240 has not the same multimedia performance. GT240 doesn't have hdmi 1.4a interface, 3D content playback capability, dts true hd etc. etc...
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# Why ?!LEGndARY 2010-10-28 19:51

Guys I think this card was meant to be a good choice for HTPCs .. and for that
why didn't you test it with some DVD's and Blue-Rays to see how it performs
in termas of image quality and hardware acceleration ??!!
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# RE: Why ?!Olin Coles 2010-10-28 20:28
You do realize this isn't the full review, right? The original review was linked at the beginning, middle, and end of this article. Please leave a comment on that article. Thanks.
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# RE: RE: Why ?!LEGndARY 2010-10-28 23:51
Yep .. now I get it :p

I was directed to this review
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# works goodDane_795 2012-06-27 16:09
It was a good write up so I decided that I'd give this a try. I installed EVGA Precision X and changed it to 842MHz/840MHz/85% fan speed. Results: only slightly louder, much better performance, about the same temps. It's worth it unless you never play games.
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