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GeForce 8400 GS 512MB vs GeForce GT 430 (OEM)

Intro

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB comes with core speeds of 650 MHz on the GPU, and 400 MHz on the 512 MB of DDR2 memory. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 430 (OEM), which features clock 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 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 40 Watts
GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 60 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GT 430 (OEM), in theory, should perform a lot faster than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB overall. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 28800 MB/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (350%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 (OEM) is a lot (more or less 115%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 11200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 5200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6000 (115%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 (OEM) is a bit (more or less 8%) more effective at AA than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 (OEM) 2800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 2600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 200 (8%)

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

GeForce 8400 GS 512MB

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 430 (OEM)

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

Model GeForce 8400 GS 512MB GeForce GT 430 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2007 October 2010
Code Name G86 GF108
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16, PCI PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 700 MHz
Shader Speed 1100 MHz 1400 MHz
Memory Speed 400 MHz (800 MHz effective) 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 16 96
Texture Mapping Units 8 16
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 60 watts
Shader Model 4.0 5.0
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5200 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2600 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 the video 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 amount of ROPs 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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