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1 out of 5 eggs Decent card, terrible fan Noisy after 6 days of ontime. 01/02/2013

This review is from: EVGA 01G-P3-2625-KR GeForce GT 620 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros:

WEI rating was decent, a notch higher than the HD5450 I was going to replace, W.E.I. score with HD-5450 was 4.6 (Areo) and 6.1 (Gaming).

W.E.I. (Windows Experience Rating) with this GT 620 card is 4.7 (Aero) and 6.4 (Gaming).

For more non gaming needs this is great, and better than alot or motherboard based video (it's great for HTPC with a silent setup)

Cons:

Less than a week after I put it in, the fan got noisy! I had to use the PC during this seventh day and thought "That fan/heatsink has to go". I ordered a superb huge fanless Video heatsink I love, and dug out my spare but it won't fit! I have used the "CoolViva Z1" and have them on a bunch of cards, but no way would it line up in any fashion with this new GT620 chipset. Totally wrong holes, and the only way I could 'make' it work is to drill and tap 4 new holes and some would need to be right inthe copper heatsink material. No freakin way, not worth the trouble. This thing (and the 2 additional ones I bought) are going back... I got them for $25, but my guess is this little typical 'lousy' heatsink fan, so prevelant in low end 'slim' cards, is obviously a fast reving (sleeve bearing) low end tiny fan.

Other Thoughts:

I bet I would have to FAR exceed the purchase price of this card to get a decent fanless setup. Now if I REALLY wanted this thing to work, and space was no issue, then I would do the following: I would tie wrap a decent 60mm or 80MM MUCH SLOWER fan to it and have that fan power run from either the MoBo, or cut the connector and have it powered from the Video board itself. This card is simply not worth it... Back it goes!

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