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GeForce GT 430 vs Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 features a core clock frequency of 700 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with GPU clock speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 900 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is comprised of 160 SPUs, 8 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 31 Watts
GeForce GT 430 60 Watts
Difference: 29 Watts (94%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 will be much (about 87%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 11200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 6000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5200 (87%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB is a better choice, but only just. (explain)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 3000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 200 (7%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

GeForce GT 430

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Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

Model GeForce GT 430 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 2011
Code Name GF108 Caicos
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 750 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 900 MHz (3600 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 96 160
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 31 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 6000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 3000 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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