ASUS GeForce GT 430 1GB
Nvidia has been on a roll of late with their recent GTX 460 and GTS 450 graphics cards that have shown excellent performance and respectable temperatures and power consumption, all at very competitive prices for the most part. That is a recipe for success no matter how you slice it, whether you’re an ATI or Nvidia fan, or even a GPU agnostic (yes, I just made that up).
But we also realize that not everyone is a hardcore gamer or enthusiast, and there is a large consumer market out there that looks for something affordable. As a result, the latest card coming out of Team Nvidia looks to continue that success, and this time in the budget segment: the GeForce GT 430.
The GeForce GT 430 is a very small, low-power budget graphics card, marketed in the $79 range to consumers who are primarily interested in home media usage and light gaming. It’s no graphics powerhouse, but it does look to offer some value-added features at a reasonable price, particularly against the Radeon 5550, its main competition.
What’s interesting here is that this paritcular ASUS card comes with 1024MB of DDR3 memory intead of the GDDR5 that we saw in our review of the ATI competition, notably the Radeon 5550 and 5570 cards. There are some distinct differences between these competitors, so let’s take a closer look at the ASUS GT 430 1GB and see how it fares.
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