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BIOSTAR VN2103NHG6 GeForce 210 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card

  • 16 CUDA Cores
  • 1GB 64-Bit DDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Noah B.
  • 12/6/2012 4:37:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDissapointing even for acknowledged low end

Pros: Forcing this field are you? Well then... zilch, zippo, zero, zed, none, nada, not any, narry a one, bereft of pros, sans pros, pro-less.

Cons: After 1 year the fan on the card started to make noise most likely due to breakdown of lubrication and or poor assembly (in a well tended clean cool running PC). Seems to be no excuse for the video card other than poor construction and or inferior materials/methods.

Other Thoughts: The fan started failing 1 year and 3 weeks after purchase. Called Biostar tech support and was told I would be sent a form via email but did not receive it. This leaves a bad and worsening first impression for Biostar. Perhaps Newegg could somehow let Biostar know that this is no good or drop them as a supplier. Then again Biostar could just replace the card.

Manufacturer Response:

RMA request can be started directly from Biostar website.
http://www.biostar-usa.com/apps/rma/new.asp

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  • Maurio M.
  • 5/1/2012 12:28:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCheap, Reasonable Video Card

Pros: -No Fan
-Cheap
-VGA, DVI, and HDMI ports
-Good for basic gaming
-1GB DDR3
-Low power consumption

Cons: -Fan is loud after a few weeks but I did a little maintenance on it and returned to running quiet
-Good for basic gaming

Other Thoughts: If you understand its limitations, then you can appreciate this card and its value.

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  • Richard H.
  • 2/8/2012 3:54:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Only a week installed and the fan is already going out.

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  • Timothy M.
  • 1/26/2012 7:42:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpdated review

Pros: Same as before
-Cheap
-DVI, VGA and HDMI ports
-1GB DDR3
-Low power consumption

Cons: After having the card for about a month, the fan started to make very loud sounds any time the card was put under any stress (bad bearing I think). Even then the card would stay at around 60C.

Other Thoughts: I unpluged and removed the stock fan completely, and I am now using an extra case fan I modified to mount onto the card. Now it idles at about 40C, and ~50C while under stress.
I knocked off the 2 eggs from my original review due to the high temperatures and the faulty fan.

I recommend you get this card only if you're on a budget or you need a card that performs better than an onboard chip.

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  • Athea T.
  • 12/26/2011 7:12:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsOkay while it lasted

Pros: This is a decent card to look at for a computer that is small form, has a weak power supply, or has poor on board graphics. All three of those things can be applied to the computer I am now typing this review on.

The pros:

-This card is Low Profile, which is great for a SFF case like mine.

-This card is pretty cheap; I could have done worse.

-It is could for movies, internet browsing, and light gaming. I definitely saw an improvement in my PC and was able to run games that I couldn't run before.

Cons: Time for the cons.

-The fan on this thing is really loud. The only thing that made it bearable is the fact that I don't own speakers, I use headphones so it cancelled the noise to an extent.
Not only that, but it would make a loud whirring sound after start up for about 5 minutes.

-This thing got hot. Sometimes I would put my hand on the case and I could feel quite a bit of heat coming from the area over the video card.

-It died after 6 weeks. It finally tanked on me. I wasn't too worried about it because the initial warranty was still good and I had purchased an extended warranty as well. However, my mother took it upon herself to remove the card because she bought me a different one (APG 8x, can't use it) and threw this one away. I called support, and they said that I can't get a new one because I didn't have the original one that broke and couldn't prove it broke, therefore they would not replace it. Not so much a con, could have been avoided, but bless my technology dead

Other Thoughts: If you really need a low profile graphics card, go with something else. Once I saved up the cash I purchased a cheaper card that was even faster. And this card doesn't even come with a low profile bracket, I had to go to a local computer repair shop and buy one.

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  • David B.
  • 12/20/2011 2:17:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood basic video card

Pros: Doesn't glitch and fan is quiet. Good for video playback and light gaming.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Takes an overclock very well and still doesn't overheat. Don't install the drivers that come with the card, download the newest drivers from Nvidia.

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  • Timothy M.
  • 12/1/2011 7:42:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: - Great GPU for high resolution video, and light gaming
- Low power usage
- DDR3 memory
- HDMI, VGA and DVI ports
- Cheap (It was $34.99 w/ free shipping when I ordered)

Cons: - Had to remove the locking mechanism on my PCI-e port due to the heatsink
- No DVI-VGA Adapter (I have two already, but may be a nuisance to someone else who buys this)

Other Thoughts: Replaced my 8400GS with this card and it greatly improved my FPS in Valve games, World of Warcraft, and Battlefield games.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to play relatively older games, or wants to make an HTPC (Home Theater PC)

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  • Chris T.
  • 11/29/2011 10:40:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood card for the price

Pros: Good card for the price. For $35, its hard to complain about it. Not much to the install. I used this card for a replacement for a card that died on me. My kids use this computer and they dont have any problems playing their online games. My son plays Battlefield 2, its an older game but it works well.

Cons: The only complaint I have, is on Biostar's website. When you install any new hardware, its always best to go out to the website and download the latest version of the software/drivers. When I selected my card from their site, it said the website was unavailable.....So I had to use the drivers from the CD, which worked fine for now....I will try again at a later time.

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  • Joseph S.
  • 11/18/2011 9:32:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the price, get what you pay for.

Pros: -Cheap. Can't beat $35.
-Very easy to install. Pushed it in the slot (PCI-E 1.0), started up and it immediately started to download drivers. I cancelled though, in favor of downloading/installing directly from NVidia.
-Brought my old Compaq back to life. Graphics performance went from 2.0 to 5.5.
-HDMI Port as well as both older monitor ports.
-Very quiet (so far anyway...the fan does look a little cheap).
-Comes in a pretty box. =P

Cons: -Slow shipping. Took way longer than it had to. And was shipped in a flimsy bubble envelope instead of a box.

-No other cons about the card itself.

Other Thoughts: -Don't expect miracles. Buying a $35 card will not allow you to play new games on high settings. You get what you pay for. What it WILL do, is bring new life into an aging PC with integrated graphics. People upgrading from integrated for the first time will immediately notice the improvements.

-Seems to work fine on my 250W power supply (though I do not have a ton of other power-hungry components).

-Should be shipped in a box....not an envelope...

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  • Jeffrey D.
  • 11/16/2011 10:19:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsVery difficult install

Pros: Seems fine now, but not compatible with all memory configurations?

Cons: I'm running 32 bit Vista with 3 gigs of ddr2 memory. It booted into Windows fine with the generic Windows VGA driver but once I installed the Nvidia driver included with it, the computer restarted and I got the blue screen of death when it tried to come back on. I uninstalled that driver from safe mode and installed the latest from the website and then it would just boot to a black screen. I was using driver sweeper to try to get rid of them and tried at least 5 more from the website with the same result. When I saw your post, I thought why not, I've tried everything else. I pulled off two of my memory sticks, started it up and both monitors lit right up. I put a 3rd stick in and it kept working. I put the 4th in and it died again. So now I'm running with 2.5 gigs of ram, but at least I know what the problem is now.

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