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GeForce GT 430 vs Radeon HD 7750

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 has a GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7750, which has a core clock speed of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1125 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 512 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(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

In theory, the Radeon HD 7750 should be a lot faster than the GeForce GT 430 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 7750 is a lot (about 129%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 430. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon HD 7750 should be a lot (more or less 357%) 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 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per 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. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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