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

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 has a GPU core clock speed of 700 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory runs at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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

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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 much (approximately 87%) more effective at anisotropic 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 using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (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

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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

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Model GeForce GT 430 Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 2011
Code Name GF108 Caicos
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 31 watts
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 6000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 3000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 160
Texture Mapping Units 16 8
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 64-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Transistors 585 million 370 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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