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Galaxy 63TGS8HX3XXZ GeForce GT 630 GC 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready  Video Card
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5 out of 5 eggs Awesome if used as it's intended. 07/19/2013

This review is from: Galaxy 63TGS8HX3XXZ GeForce GT 630 GC 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: Single-slot, runs many games on at least medium settings without lag on framerates. I ran WoW on near ultra and was just touching it's maximum capability; I run EVE with everything on medium, no issues. Eve, by the way, is actually quite a visually demanding game, though not on the calibre of, say, Crysis. But it is obviously meant to be a mid-range card, not to be compared to a GTX. I certainly wouldn't OC it either, but it's also powerful enough for my comfort without being OC'd. The cooler is interesting. On my mobo the heatsink on the southbridge is a slight bit in the way of using any large video card without the card's cooler touching the SB cooler. The heatsink on this videocard is round, though slightly over single-slot profile, so it really doesn't get in the way of other components though the height of the fins goes into the next slot's space slightly (I don't use the next slot so it's no issue for me). Moreover the video cooler doesn't have anything on top, like those "heat shields" that just help trap air on the card. The fins are also shaped spirally, which actually adds surface area to the sink for heat dissipation. Looking at the cooler, I am somewhat reminded of a cooler I had on an older card by Zalman, their VF600AlCu; it was a very good cooler and very similar in design shape. I wonder if that cooler would even fit on this card, now that it the card has outlived its warrantee; I think I still have it laying around somewhere. The base of the card's sink actually does not extend the width of the fins either; the fins are formed to the base, but spiral off and over the memory chips on the card, thus creating a breezeway of sorts to cool the card's onboard RAM. Altogether a brilliant design, in my opinion. The fan on this card has not made any noise save for if I accidentally ignore a wire touching it when I open the case for cleaning, but that is my fault and easily fixed by repositioning wires.

Cons: Probably not a con in itself, but SLI on this thing might have been interesting. It isn't capable of SLI, just my hypothetical ideas...

Other Thoughts: Some people are saying that it has hardware compatibility issues, especially with De*l (not sure if I am allowed to type their name out completely so fill in the asterisk :D). I haven't found any myself, though I put it into a newer custom build. De*l sometimes has "fixed" their mobos by supplying only 25W to their PCIe x16 slots instead of the standard 75W for bandwidth usage, which might be why it gives them hiccups in certain De*l models. I have a 890GXM-G65 mobo, tri-core Athlon 3.0ghz, 8 gigs of 1600mhz Ballistix Sport running at 1333, a pair of Vertex 4 120gb ssd's and an older Cooler Master Elite 341 case, and have yet to have an issue on a 500W off-brand PSU. I'd defenitely buy this card again.

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