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

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 (OEM) features core speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 900 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also is comprised of 160 Stream Processors, 8 TAUs, 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 (OEM) 60 Watts
Difference: 29 Watts (94%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 (OEM) is a lot (about 87%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB 3000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 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 (OEM)

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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

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Model GeForce GT 430 (OEM) Radeon HD 6450 (OEM) 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 2011
Code Name GF108 Caicos
Memory 2048 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many 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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GeForce GT 430 (OEM)

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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.

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