Reviews and Problems with Zotac GeForce GT 430 1GB
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good to revive old PC
6 August 2012
Summary: never try to run a card below the minimum wattage requirement. it causes a huge amount of issues. running this card on a 250w psu caused windows to freeze many times on the boot screen and performance is greatly staggered so always go with the suggestions.
Pros: runs on PCI interface. the best option out there for reviving an old computer that doesn't have pci-e x16 ports. the price is a bit steep, but that's because it costs more in production to make current tech work on old interfaces. passive cooling heat sink eliminates noise but runs a bit warm. no...
Cons: requires 300w minimum. most older systems that you would need this card for have around 250w.
Summary: Works well as Media Center [Basement-Workout] computer. This card breathed life into a Dump Run computer into a saver. Added a Clear QAM/Hybrid tv tuner, happy with results.
Pros: This card is a savior for a REALLY WEAK Dell Dimension, that origianlly had Windows XP MCE 2005, and had multiiple installation errors, no recovery media. Intel Board that doesn't even qualify for Intel Matrix Storage Application. I can't believe how cheaply made these computer were manufactured....
Depending on your expectations, satisfaction may vary.
smith c., Newegg
30 April 2012
Summary: For multimedia: HTPC with no PCIE slots? This card is a very good option as long as you have at minimum a decent dual-core. For secondary card uses: I give this the seal of approval. For gaming: I created a benchmark video and posted on YT, search GT430 PCI.
Pros: Best card you can get for the PCI interface. "Best" however only compared to other PCI video cards. Install was painless as usual, drivers downloaded from Nvidia worked great. Can breath (albeit, shallow) new life into circa 2004/5/6 brand name PC's without PCIE/AGP. You can at least run games li...
Cons: If your focus is gaming: No matter how much power is packed into this card, it's being choked by the PCI bus. This will not perform like it's PCIE equivalent. Paired with a P4, even older games like HL2 seem to slow down to 20-30fps at higher settings where as mid-ranged models from 2004 on PCIE ...
Pros: Easy, but slow install. (Drivers took forever to download) Adequate for moderate gaming and everyday use. Loved the fact that I didn't need to connect cabling to the motherboard directly for fan power; connected through the PCI slot.
Cons: Noisy fan! I can't believe how loud it is! I have two additional fans connected to the housing of my PC and that card's fan works overtime. Already considering a new one after just purchasing it.
Summary: The basics: If you want a card for youtube and facebook games with a bit of ME3 or Skyrim on the side, and can't put a PCI-E card in your computer, this can do the trick. With no fan, it gets just shy of being able to cook my meals for me, but a small desk fan makes it gameable.
Pros: Quiet, easily installed, included OC/temp monitoring utility. Runs Windows 7 with just a bit of aero-related lag.
Summary: Just when I gave up on the rebate; it finally arrived. Would have given 5 eggs had the rebate arrived a little quicker. For the price after rebate, the is a very good card. Can't hear the fan at all.
Pros: Very good performance for the price (after rebate).
Cons: Took about 14 weeks to get the rebate, but I finally got it.
Pros: Card installed and immediately recognized by W7/64. New drivers from Zotac regularly updated. No issues what so ever. W7 video index went from 3.5 to 7+. Satisfied with my choice as a basic non-gamer video card.
Cons: Rebate process is stinky sloooooooowwww. Come on guys, get with the program, it's been 90+ days. You build a nice product, don't stain your reputation in this fashion.
Pros: Great HTPC card at a great price. I had trouble doing 3D with a Radeon 6450 card, but no problems with this one. Also no problems getting my rebate with Zotac. I was a bit worried with all the negatives about the company and their rebates but I got mine without any problems. I did the on-line reb...