AXLE GT 430 Classic ReviewRHKCommander959 - January 26, 2011
Category: Video Cards
Price: Approx. $60
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Low- and mid-range graphics cards are what sells the majority of the time. Everyone looks at the high-end, but not everyone can afford it. Filling in the low-end spectrum for NVIDIA is the GT 430, with 96 CUDA cores, 1GB of GDDR3 on a 128-bit memory bus, a 700 MHz core, and 1400 MHz shader speeds. Consuming around 49W, NVIDIA only recommends a 300W power supply, so almost any system can run one as long as it has an open PCI Express slot. The GT 430 can come in low profile or full width versions. AXLE provides both, but up for review today is a standard card with the memory at 700 MHz. These cards are great for HTPC usage, PhysX processors, or home/office and general gaming use, with DirectX 11 support and many multimedia capabilities.
The box is a little small but not the smallest I've ever seen. The AXLE mascot makes a visit on the box cover, guns blazing with her motorcycle nearby. The box itself looks like it could be used with other 400 series cards, as the only specific identifiers showing this has a GT 430 inside are stickers. The company website is listed at the top right above the solid state capacitors sticker showing 50,000 hours life expectancy. Near the bottom, some features are highlighted, such as it having HDMI and Dual-Link DVI ports, as well as a VGA port. The 400 series has a feature called PureVideo HD, as shown at the bottom left, for taking the load off the CPU in a system for Blu-ray/DVD and other video decoding tasks, while also enhancing the output. Flipping to the back shows three popular games, including Metro 2033 and Just Cause 2, with key features and minimum system requirements to the right.
The sides are relatively the same, featuring the AXLE company logo and GeForce 400 series, but are differentiated by additional stickers. The first side has two bar codes to identify the contents with a short rundown of what the card is and features. The other side has the same sticker as the front of the box, showing that a GT 430 is inside with 1GB of memory.
Opening the box shows the accessories, which consist of a driver disk and user manual/installation guide. Underneath is the GT 430 with a standard protective anti-static bag. The card has room to slide around, but should be fine as it weighs little. Any jostling during shipping shouldn't be enough (hopefully) to have it hurt itself slamming around.
Time to take a peek at the card!