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The ASUS ENGT430 1GB GDDR3 review

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Overall rating 7.5/10
Performance:
7.5
Features:
7.5
Value:
7
THE GOOD
Compact size
Decent overclockability
Runs cool and quiet
THE BAD
Reference clock speeds


The ASUS ENGT430 1GB GDDR3

The ASUS ENGT430 1GB GDDR3

As a basic card for entry-level users, the ASUS ENGT430 is devoid of any of the usual features you get from high-end and even mainstream cards. The card doesn’t require a PCIe power connector for power as it gets all it needs from the PCIe slot. There’s also no SLI connector meaning you can’t upgrade your system just by plonking another GeForce GT 430. This is a limitation on all GeForce GT 430 cards, but that's fine because if you need more performance, you're better off with a proper upgrade.

That said, the ASUS ENGT430 does get some ASUS-designed niceties to make it stand out from the competition, such as a dust-proof fan design, which helps keep dust away from the fan and claims to improve the lifespan by 25%. The card also gets ASUS’ GPU Guard, which stiffens the PCB and prevents the card from flexing unnecessarily. And lastly, ASUS has also implemented Fuse Protection to protect the card from sudden surges in current.