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ECS GeForce GT 640

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Posted September 26, 2012 by Jake in Video Cards

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Price at time of Review: $100
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Small, Power frugal, Low temperatures, Affordable, Great upgrade from onboard graphics
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Noisy fan, Moderate gaming performance, Tough pricing against competition
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Good basic graphics card that comes with a few drawbacks.
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by Jake
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Closer Look

In terms of packaging, the ECS GT 640 comes in a modesty-sized red and black box with a gamer babe render on the front and features listed off to the side. Notably we see this card sports 2GB of GDDR3 and is the overclocked version of the reference design, though we suspect that real world difference will be negligible.

The rear of the box shows a bit more detailed information about the criticial specifications and confirms that a triple display setup is indeed possible with the GT 640.

The most noticeable thing about the ECS GT 640 is its size; at only 5.75″ in length, it’s really quite small. In addition, the diminutive fan is quite a departure from what we’ve typically seen in Kepler powerhouse cards to date. Set against a black PCB, the look of the heatsink is rather basic with a slotted fin design, covering under half the area of the front of the card.

ECS has surprisingly gone with a dark-coloured PCB, rather than a lighter blue one we often see. While aesthetics are entirely a personal matter of preference, we do think the card looks rather nice, though nothing extravagant.

Despite the smaller size of the cooler, the fan’s height extends just higher than the rear connector bracket. It’s not quite a slimline single slot design, nor a dual slot height either; it’s in between, really. This is a bit odd, as an entry level card that’s geared to light gaming or an HTPC setup is generally low profile. You might get away with a single slot space if the slot below on your motherboard is open for airflow, but don’t bank on it.

The ECS GT 640 doesn’t require any additional power connectors, as the card pulls enough juice directly from the PCI Express slot. As a result, the GT 640 will be quite frugal in terms of power consumption, pulling down less than 75W at load, since that’s the limit for this connection standard. A 450W power supply is all that’s needed for the card, even less if your CPU isn’t a monster.

The rear of the card sports a basic but entirely functional connection setup: two DVI and one HDMI. You can push a 3-way setup with this configuration, but don’t expect any widescreen gaming.

Let’s move along to the test setup and take a look at the benchmark results.

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