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GeForce GT 430 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 1GB comes with a clock speed of 700 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 650, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1058 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 384 SPUs, 32 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 1GB 60 Watts
GeForce GTX 650 64 Watts
Difference: 4 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 650 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 80000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 51200 (178%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 650 is a lot (about 202%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 33856 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22656 (202%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 650 16928 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14128 (505%)

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 1GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 650

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 1GB GeForce GTX 650
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2010 September 2012
Code Name GF108 GK107
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 1058 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz 1058 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1250 MHz (5000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 96 384
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 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.3
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 64 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 80000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 33856 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 16928 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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