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GeForce GT 430 vs GeForce GTX 950M

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 comes with a core clock speed of 700 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed 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 that to the GeForce GTX 950M, which features core speeds of 914 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM. 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 60 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (9%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 950M should in theory be a small bit superior to the GeForce GT 430 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 950M is a lot (more or less 226%) better at AF than the GeForce GT 430. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 950M is superior to the GeForce GT 430, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950M 14624 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 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

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GeForce GTX 950M

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 430 GeForce GTX 950M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2010 March 12 2015
Code Name GF108 GM107
Memory 512 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 maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number 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 is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 430

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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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