Get a taste of DirectX 11 technology with SPARKLE GeForce 630 VGA card, which delivers a significant performance boost to your daily work and entertainment needs. Whether you enhance photo, edit video, watch movies and play casual games, all your digital tasks would faster and smoother, every time. VGA, DVI and HDMI outputs let you easily build multi-display environment for multitasking.
Upgraded Dell Inspiron 530
Pros: I bought this card because the ZOTAC GeForce GT 630 Synergy Edition I bought and reviewed almost a year ago was sold out (N82E16814500255) and because the SPARKLE GeForce GT 630 is nearly identical in performance based on specifications. Anything I said about the ZOTAC card will also apply to this SPARKLE card.
Cons: Huge fan blocks a PCI-e 1x of the Dell Inspiron 530. What a space hog! The ZOTAC GeForce GT 630 Synergy Edition doesn't have this problem!
Other Thoughts: Like the ZOTAC card review, the packaging claims that this graphics card needs a minimum of a 350W PSU. Both the product manufacturer's page and the Newegg listing say that the graphics card needs a minimum of a 300W PSU. I have not had any problems because my PSU says 300W max output. In the past, I have bought a graphics card that tried to run under an underpowered PSU. The graphics easily became corrupted over time. I see no such issues with this graphics card.
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Doesn't work, twice
Cons: The first one I was sent did not work at all. It prevented my computer from booting. After the RMA, the replacement displayed lots of green lines across the screen starting with the motherboard splash screen, and continuing into the OS. Installing the drivers did not help.
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Pros: I added this card because the onboard ATI 4250 would not process sound through my HDMI to the TV. Installed the board, downloaded the latest driver, and that was all I had to do. I have connected a Vizio 60" LED big screen and an Acer 21" desktop monitor in clone mode. Works perfect!
Cons: It did not cook me breakfast this morning, after I was up all night re-watching all of my movies.
Other Thoughts: For my system, this board works wonderfully at a good price.
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Pros: 4 GB of video memory on one card for $69.99! Great for surfing and online videos. Games work decent, but don't expect a power house with 96 Cuda cores.
Cons: None. For the price, it works great. You can't expect a power house video card for under $100 that have this much memory!!
Other Thoughts: This card simple put, does exactly what you would expect from a video card that doesn't have the huge number of Cuda cores for the massive graphics of most games. It can play most games from what I can tell, but keep setting at a Default setting or Low setting.
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