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

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 160 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

(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 in theory they should have identical performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 should be quite a bit (more or less 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

The Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB is a little bit (approximately 7%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 430, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (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

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB

Amazon.com

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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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