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Not a Crown Jewel, but an Economical Way to Boost Your System
Jul 12, 2012 (Updated Jul 12, 2012)
Review by dmarusz
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Cheap, Fast, can handle a lot
Cons:Not premium, slightly bulky
The Bottom Line: Great bang for the buck, just don't expect the world
The 440 is an economical card that delivers a good amount of power but won’t over impress you. It’s not high end anymore, but it can handle a lot of games, and you can get it for less than $100. Moreover, it fits into one slot, and can even be combined to be a cruncher if you need it to be.
Recommend this product?
It does have 1 GB on the card. So, it does have some power to it on its own. I’ve run many slightly aged games and have had no problems with it. Newer games will rely on you to have other high spec hardware in order for it to work well. Some high end new game (or other software), but few will give it significant lag. Although, I haven’t tested this out enough to give it a full pass.
One of the reasons that you can go a long way with this card, if you go the EVGA route, is that they will give you a utility that will help you over-clock it. NVidia also has some nice utilities that handle dual monitors well. It’s been very stable for me with two HP monitors with good performance.
There are some small weaknesses. You won’t get much with it like cables, etc. It does fit in one slot but can be a bit bulky for this slot. I was little worried about being to close to the other cards at first. However, no heating or other issues occurred.
It will work with Windows XP and 7 fine. I’ve used it with both, and it plays nice in both systems. It also isn’t a power suck, so you won’t have to divert any power or have any of those worries. It plays nice in general and has a high ease of use. Overall, it’s worth a try if you are looking for an upgrade to a decaying older card.
Amount Paid (US$): 80
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