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GeForce GT 430 1GB vs GeForce GTX 650

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 650, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1058 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this particular card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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, the GeForce GTX 650 should be a lot faster than 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 should be a lot (about 202%) faster with regards to texture 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 lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 650 is superior to the GeForce GT 430 1GB, and very much so. (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

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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

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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 1800 MHz 5000 MHz
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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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