AXLE GeForce GT 430 1GB Video Card ReviewMon, Feb 14, 2011 - 12:00 AM
A Closer Look at the AXLE GeForce GT 430
Here we have the AXLE GeForce GT 430 in all its glory. With the size of the fan and heatsink I expect the fan noise to be low. Due to the size of the fan and cooler, this GT 430 is a dual slot solution.
On the back of the GT 430, we don’t see too much other than the stickers with the serial numbers and such. One thing you will notice is that there is no connector for SLI, although it is advertised for it.
The AXLE GT 430 comes equipped with DVI, VGA, and HDMI ports. The fan itself does not direct the hot air outside of the case; however, there is the ‘high flow’ vent used. You probably have seen these available for or implemented on EVGA’s GTX 470/480 GPU’s.
Looking at the end of the AXLE GeForce GT 430, we can see that since the card itself draws very low power, there was no need for a power connector to provide more juice to this.
Once the heatsink is taken off you get a view of the GPU and the surrounding memory chips that are used.
Looking at the residue remaining on the GPU itself, it’s easy to see that AXLE applied a copious amount of thermal compound which is probably more than what is needed but it sure beats not having enough.
Here is a shot of the DDR3 memory used and it looks like Qimonda was the maker of choice here.