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GeForce GT 430 1GB vs GeForce GTX 950M

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 1GB has 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 Texture Address Units and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 950M, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 914 MHz. The DDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 640 SPUs as well as 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950M 55 Watts
GeForce GT 430 1GB 60 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (9%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 950M should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 32000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M will be quite a bit (more or less 226%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 36560 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 25360 (226%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 950M is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 14624 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 11824 (422%)

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

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GeForce GTX 950M

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 430 1GB GeForce GTX 950M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2010 March 12 2015
Code Name GF108 GM107
Memory 1024 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 914 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 2000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 55 watts
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 36560 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 14624 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 640
Texture Mapping Units 16 40
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type GDDR3 DDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 585 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 430 1GB

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GeForce GTX 950M

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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.

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