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ASUS ENGT430 DC SL/DI/1GD3 GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Single slot, which was important for me because of the sound card below it. It has 128 bit bus (it's a plus compared to the numerous 64 bit offerings). Doesn't require additional power, so easier cable management.

Cons: 128 bit bus (if you need 3D gaming). Only one heatpipe, but it's quite enough apparently.
In 3DMark Vantage was approx. 5% slower than the 9600GT 512MB/256 bit, which is not a deal breaker for me.

Other Thoughts: I have it in a Lian Li PC-C33 which has an internal 140mm fan blowing on the card. Initially the max temp was around 70...72 Celsius while playing 1080p mkv, a little too high for my taste. My previous card, ECS9600GT fanless was cooler in the Antec P180.
On idle the mem/gpu frequencies decrease at 150/51 MHz so the temp goes down quickly.
However, after I made a pseudo-duct, isolating the video card region from the cpu cooler (just a piece of plastic from a file cover), the max temp dropped to 64 Celsius and idles around 45. The case has no exhaust, just the 140mm cpu fan and the other 140mm (Noctua 1200 rpm).
Overall, I'm quite satisfied.

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KINGWIN Absolute Platinum Series AP-550 550W ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91 and SSI EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: High quality overall feeling. I only got it today and I was highly successful in shorting an exposed pin of a fan header... I heard a pop and I thought it was done, but the short circuit protection was up to the job.
I couldn't make the fan spin, so I cannot comment on noise (my system is a stock Core2Duo + Nvidia 430, not enough for this PSU).
It is mounted vertically in a Lian Li PC-C33 with the vents facing outside.

Cons: Cables a little rigid (I had to write something here!), not modular. I found out that my new video card doesn't even require additional power (Asus 430 fanless) so I have plenty of excess cables to route inside the case.

Other Thoughts: Happy with the purchase right now.

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LAURENTIU T.'s Profile

Display Name: LAURENTIU T.

Date Joined: 02/23/10

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 07/03/12
  • Last Review: 07/26/12
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