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GeForce GT 430 vs GeForce GT 640 DDR3

Intro

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

Compare all of that to the GeForce GT 640 DDR3, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The DDR3 RAM works at a frequency of 1782 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 60 Watts
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 65 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 640 DDR3 is 98% faster than the GeForce GT 430 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 57024 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 28224 (98%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 will be much (about 157%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 430. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 28800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17600 (157%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 640 DDR3 should be much (about 414%) better at AA than the GeForce GT 430, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GT 640 DDR3 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11600 (414%)

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

GeForce GT 640 DDR3

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 GeForce GT 640 DDR3
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2010 June 2012
Code Name GF108 GK107
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 3564 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 57024 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 28800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 384
Texture Mapping Units 16 32
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 585 million 1300 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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