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

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 16 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 750 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 64-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 160 SPUs, 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 exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 should be much (about 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

The Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB will be just a bit (more or less 7%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GT 430, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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

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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 maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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