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GeForce GT 430 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7750, which features core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1125 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 512 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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 perform 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%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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 running with 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

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

Model GeForce GT 430 Radeon HD 7750
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 2012
Code Name GF108 Cape Verde Pro
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1125 MHz (4500 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 96 512
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 55 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 25600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called 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 of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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