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GeForce GT 430 (OEM) vs Radeon HD 3470 512MB

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 (OEM) has core speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR3 memory. It features 96 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 4 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 3470 512MB, which comes with GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM set to run at 950 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 40(8x5) Stream Processors, 4 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon HD 3470 512MB should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GT 430 (OEM) overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 3470 512MB 30400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 1600 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 (OEM) is quite a bit (approximately 250%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon HD 3470 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 11200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 3470 512MB 3200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8000 (250%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon HD 3470 512MB is a better choice, though not by far. (explain)

Radeon HD 3470 512MB 3200 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 400 (14%)

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 (OEM)

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Radeon HD 3470 512MB

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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 GT 430 (OEM) Radeon HD 3470 512MB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 2008
Code Name GF108 RV620 PRO
Memory 2048 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1900 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 30400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 3200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 3200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 40(8x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 4
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 55 nm
Transistors 585 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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 rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 430 (OEM)

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Radeon HD 3470 512MB

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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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