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GeForce 9800 GX2 vs GeForce GT 430 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 9800 GX2 features core speeds of 600 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 430 (OEM), which has a clock frequency of 700 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 60 Watts
GeForce 9800 GX2 197 Watts
Difference: 137 Watts (228%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce 9800 GX2, in theory, should be a lot faster than the GeForce GT 430 (OEM) overall. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 99200 (344%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce 9800 GX2 is quite a bit (more or less 586%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 430 (OEM). (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 76800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 65600 (586%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce 9800 GX2 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce 9800 GX2 19200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16400 (586%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 9800 GX2

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GeForce GT 430 (OEM)

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9800 GX2 GeForce GT 430 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year Mar 2008 October 2010
Code Name G92 GF108
Memory 512 MB (x2) 2048 MB
Core Speed 600 MHz (x2) 700 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz (x2) 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 197 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 76800 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 19200 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 128 (x2) 96
Texture Mapping Units 64 (x2) 16
Render Output Units 16 (x2) 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 128-bit
Fab Process 65 nm 40 nm
Transistors 754 million 585 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling 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 card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 9800 GX2

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GeForce GT 430 (OEM)

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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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