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GeForce GT 430 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 1GB has core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 650, which comes with GPU core speed of 1058 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 384 Stream Processors, 32 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

(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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 650 should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce GT 430 1GB in general. (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 (more or less 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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 largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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