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ZOTAC ZT-40606-20L GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Random freezing, but their phone service is awesome! 04/27/2012

This review is from: ZOTAC ZT-40606-20L GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: This is an update to my other review. Haven't found how to edit my original...

Fanless, silent and it's pretty to look at. If I ever get a working one, I'm sure it will be nice. No separate PCI-E power jack is nice...keeps things clean inside the case.

Their phone support is pretty awesome. No hold time and an natively English-speaking rep... read below.

Cons: Random freezing when I installed this video card. Anywhere from a couple hours to several hours and the computer would lock up. Several times per day.

Isolated it to the video card after swapping out hard drives (still freezing), fresh installs of XP (still freezing) and, finally, the video card (no more freezing).

Other Thoughts: Online RMA was declined which immediately threw me into a rage. Called their 800 number and was immediately speaking with an American rep. Friendly and helpful, he said it was declined because the purchase was within the 30 day window. Suggested I send it back to Newegg. I stated I couldn't because I submitted the rebate and didn't have the UPC or box anymore.

He put me into contact with the lead tech, again no hold, American and friendly. Asked me to swap video cards.

Hung up and did so. No freezing for 48 solid hours.

Have just called back three days later. No waiting, American speaking guy and friendly. Actually cut me off halfway through my explanation with, "Yeah, I remember you" (in a friendly tone) - how awesome was that?!

States he is re-submitting RMA now... Will update when new card arrives.

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OKGEAR GC12AMF 12
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect. 04/11/2012

This review is from: OKGEAR GC12AMF 12" SATA 15pin power extension cable

Pros: Couldn't be simpler. Works well. Thanks!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: None.

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ZOTAC ZT-40606-20L GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: One of the rare 0dB solutions in a higher-end (at the time) video card. Needed it for a silent PC I'm constantly working on.

Cons: Has gotten too hot to touch (on the fins even!) just idling around and browsing the web. Had a sound card in the bay next to it. Upon removing that, things seem much cooler, but still. I would have rather had a GIANT heatsink than this one.

I was experiencing random freeze-ups requiring a full power down by pressing the power button on the computer itself.

I cannot yet isolate it to the video card because at the same time I installed this card I was messing around with SATA/eSATA adapters beyond the recommended maximum cable length spec...but I do think it's the card. I've been testing on a clean XP format/install, but I'll try again. If I can isolate it to the card or if it's not the card, I'll edit this review.

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Display Name: Nicholas K.

Date Joined: 11/27/04

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  • Reviews: 93
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  • First Review: 11/07/05
  • Last Review: 04/27/12
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