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Monday, 26 September 2011 13:20

Gainward GT 520 1GB SilentFX with 0dB

Written by Sanjin Rados

Passively cooled, dual slot cooling

Nvidia Geforce GT 520 launched in April as a low-end Geforce 500 series graphics card. Today, we’ll introduce you to Gainward’s GT 520 1GB SilentFX.

The GT 520 1GB SilentFX can be found at about €38 and is passively cooled, which indeed is a big plus if you ask HTPC users. The card has three video connectors, one VGA, one HDMI and one dual-link DVI.



Geforce GT 520 boasts a 29W TDP and DirectX 11 support but it only has 48 CUDA processors (shaders).  The GT 520 1GB SilentFX is based on the GF119, which is regarded as the most basic Fermi-based GPU.


The GT 520 1GB SilentFX’ GPU ticks at 810MHz, which is the reference clock. However, the memory stands at 535MHz (1070Hz effectively), rather than the reference 900MHz.


The packaging says that the card is part of Gainward’s GOOD series, meaning that Gainward designed its own cooling. In this case, the cooling is passive and dual slot.

The box holds a short user’s manual, driver CD and the card.


The cooler is made of a single aluminum block and should do a pretty good job. In fact, the cooling should do well in smaller cases too, if the dual slot width does not prevent you from using it.

The Geforce GT 520’s gaming performance is pretty low, which is to be expected. 3D Mark 2011 shows that Geforce GT 430 is better for occasional gaming but it also consumes more (Max. TDP 49W). Note that Geforce GT 430 cards are based on the GF108, which boasts double the specs of the GF119. Geforce GT 520 will do fine in hardware acceleration of HD video, but we’ll know more on that as soon as we're done testing.


Gaming is possible but only with minimum detail settings.


We measured a maximum of 69°C after lengthy gaming, which is pretty good considering that we tested it in a semi-open PC case with not much airflow. We’ll also repeat our testing in smaller HTPC cases so stay tuned.


Last modified on Monday, 26 September 2011 15:41
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-32 #1 dan 2011-09-26 17:14
Terrible, terrible card. Bye bye Huang.
-33 #2 Sodomy 2011-09-26 17:28
As dan said, terrible card. It's only saving grace would be if it is good as a HTPC card. But this seems unlikly unless the guys at gainward are wizards and have fixed the issues with the 520 as a htpc card
-31 #3 Haberlandt 2011-09-26 18:06
Quite lame you didn't included the 6450.
+2 #4 pogsnet 2011-09-26 21:40
It should be as fast as GT 430 but end up slower. So this can be GT 420 renamed version.
+3 #5 Sodomy 2011-09-26 21:44
wow sure is troll down voting everything in hear.

Also the 6450 while not having all the problems of the 520, is still not perfect when it comes to post processing and what not, still a better choice.

also this is a preview, whether they leave it at that or do an actual review is their choice, but it should be compared to other cards. (to be honest you need a 5/6670 or better, and the nvidia cards are all pretty terrible in therms of picture quality)
+1 #6 megabad 2011-09-26 21:45
Quoting pogsnet:
It should be as fast as GT 430 but end up slower. So this can be GT 420 renamed version.

Of course is slower just look at the bandwidth.
+2 #7 Nintendork 2011-09-27 01:54

Poor nvidia, it has no chance.
0 #8 nforce4max 2011-09-27 17:59
38 Euros no thanks but would pay 38 Mexican pesos. 38 before vat not thanks and after vat lol no. In dollars well I can buy a better card than this but would use more power though. For gaming this card isn't much of a choice as it is too weak but for the same a price a used 8800gts 320 or a G92 8800gt/s/gs can be had if lucky that will beat a gt430 anyway but no dx11.
0 #9 Cartman 2011-09-28 02:39
Can this card use DVI and VGA at the same time?

And lol 8.6 GB/s bandwidth , that has to be 64 bit memory controller and GDDR3

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