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GeForce GT 430 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 features a clock frequency of 700 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 7750, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this card. It features 512 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon HD 7750 55 Watts
GeForce GT 430 60 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (9%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon HD 7750 should be quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 430 in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 72000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 43200 (150%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7750 will be a lot (about 129%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GT 430. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 25600 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 14400 (129%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon HD 7750 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon HD 7750 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10000 (357%)

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 7750

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 7750
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 2012
Code Name GF108 Cape Verde Pro
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 55 watts
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 512
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 585 million 1500 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant 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 maximum fill rate.

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