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

Intro

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB makes use of a 80 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 650 MHz. The DDR2 memory runs at a frequency of 400 MHz on this particular card. It features 16 SPUs along with 8 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GT 430 (OEM), which comes with a core clock frequency of 700 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is made up of 96 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically, the GeForce GT 430 (OEM) should perform much faster than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB in general. (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) will be quite a bit (approximately 115%) faster with regards to 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) will be a little bit (more or less 8%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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

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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

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Model GeForce 8400 GS 512MB GeForce GT 430 (OEM)
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2007 October 2010
Code Name G86 GF108
Memory 512 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 5200 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2600 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 16 96
Texture Mapping Units 8 16
Render Output Units 4 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 210 million 585 million
Bus PCIe x16, PCI PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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