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Item#: N82E16814162067

Pros:

Relatively cheap for a GT430 1GB 128 bit DDR3 card. Which is why I bought it. I don't do a lot of gaming, my system is more of a work horse than it is a racer. I have a better video card for my main display and the computer this card is in has 5 monitors including a TV. Works good on the TV, no stuttering or motion blurring that's obvious enough to notice.

Uses the standard nVidia driver package so being as I keep those up to date the system recognized the card and ran it with no problems driver-wise.

It's quiet enough, I can't tell which card makes more noise when the fans are maxed out so it's no worse than anything else in the system.

I bought two of these, the one that's still in the machine is in the very bottom PCI-x16 slot so it's not covering any other slots.

The Galaxy card that's still working I haven't had any problems with ... yet.

Cons:

Bought 2 of these to run my 3 secondary displays and TV. One of them died while still covered by NewEgg RMA policy so I sent it back and dropped an older GTX 8500 card into the system to fill in until the RMA came back.

I'm leaving the GTX 8500 in the system and keeping the RMA for a spare instead of vice-versa. The performance differences for my purposes is unnoticeable.

This card takes up TWO SLOTS, it will eclipse whatever is the next slot underneath it. It might be possible to force something in there but I hate to take chances with an expensive ASUS Sabertooth board and FX-8150 Bulldozer octocore. When you do that you have to be VERY careful about shorting anything on the backside of the card you put underneath this one. The heat sink is about 5mm too deep and nothing would have been lost by making this a single slot card so that shows pretty poor engineering. It LOOKS like a single slot card in the pics but it's not.

Other Thoughts:

NewEgg RMA'd the card with no problem but I had to pay $9 shipping so that made a so-so card even more expensive and no bargain at all. I don't have any issues with NewEgg, I've been buying from them for many years and have spent many thousands of dollars with them. They've never let me down.

I won't be buying any more Galaxy cards though, EVER. I'll just wait for these to die, and looking at other reviews that's a matter of when not if. This kind of thing happens when you buy computer hardware, you have to expect to eat a loss now and then so I'm not real upset, it's just a lesson learned. I've been working on computers for 30 years and except for laptops I haven't owned a stock store model computer for at least 20 years. I've been building my own for a long time and I've always had pretty good results so this just goes with the territory.

I would NOT recommend this card to a friend. I would NOT put any Galaxy card in a machine I build for anyone either. Take it from the

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