I was a bit impressed by the AXLE GeForce GT 430, mainly by its cooling ability. Our review of the ASUS ENGT430 GeForce GT 430 video card showed the load temperature reaching up to 73C on that card, while the AXLE GeForce GT 430 barely broke a sweat at 41C. Overclock it a little bit and it still stays around 45C. For $79 it comes with DirectX 11 and PhysX to name a couple of features and that’s not a bad price. It is geared more toward Home Theatre PCs, but it can be a decent card for gaming….as long as it is low resolution and you can sacrifice some of the eye candy. AXLE also offers a low profile version of this card although I can’t say the cooling ability is as good as this one.
The AXLE GeForce GT 430 managed to use a bit less power than the ASUS GeForce 9600 GSO. Granted, advances in manufacturing played a role but specification-wise both card were nearly identical so I expected a six pin power connector when I first received the AXLE GeForce GT 430, but was happy when I found it didn’t need one. The AXLE GeForce GT 430 was also very capable of playing Blu-Ray 3D as shown on our previous review of the GeForce GT 430. I can’t say a bad thing about this card other than AXLE needs to update their pictures on their website with the correct item; the picture for this GT 430 showed a different cooler implemented.
With an MSRP of $79.99, you get a nice card with nice features and awesome cooling compared to the NVIDIA reference design along with a one year warranty. Unfortunately, obtaining one of these in the US may be a chore and a half if not impossible as AXLE is primarily an Asian company, although they plan on branching out.
Legit Bottom Line: The AXLE GeForce GT 430 is a nice and quiet video card capable of a lot of things that most everyday people will want to do. It’s not for high resolution gaming but it can be a decent low resolution gaming video card if needed.