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Galaxy GeForce GT 430 1GB Review - NVIDIA moves Fermi to HTPC

Author: Matt Baynum
Manufacturer: Galaxy
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The Galaxy GeForce GT 430 1GB Card

While the NVIDIA reference images show a half-height card, the Galaxy GeForce GT 430 we got in are full sized card though noticeably shorter than other discrete options available today. 


The card is pretty unassuming and is a basic in terms of design as you can imagine.  The cooler is pretty solid though and the fan runs at a low enough RPM to not be overly noise; a sticking point as an HTPC solution. 

There are no required power connections on the GT 430 offerings.

The display outputs on the Galaxy card include a dual-link DVI, VGA and standard sized HDMI connection.

Compared to the Galaxy GeForce GT 220 we tested last year, the GT 430 is going to be faster and also smaller, as you can see above. 

Half height cards, like the Radeon HD 5570 seen resting above the GT 430 here, still have advantages in some really small form factor systems like HTPC so keep that in mind as you make your purchasing decisions. 
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