Top critical review
5 people found this helpful
Adequate and nothing more.
on 1 March 2014
I bought this card to power a mini ITX rig that would be doing some light gaming and power a mavericks installation. I originally didn't want to go with nVidia because they are not very good value for money at this price range, but wanted a card that was tested and had CUDA cores for accelerating the experience in any of the Adobe suite applications.
The trouble is, this card is severely underpowered. It has only 96 CUDA cores (not 384) and whilst it's mentioned in the title - still only comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory. This memory is slow and does hinder the actual use of the memory, at DDR3 speeds - so any more than 1GB is pointless. It is essentially a rebranding of the older architecture and does not benefit from the more recent Kepler architecture which you may expect from a 600 series card (640 and above).
Honestly, if you're in the market for a graphics card that doesn't use much power and can power your applications smoothly, spend that little bit more and grab yourself a 640. It's twice the performance for all of about £10-15 more. I know this is more a criticism of the card itself and I haven't exactly been improperly advertised or sold the card - but it isn't the greatest buy and leaves a lot to be desired in terms of performance.