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

Intro

The GeForce 8400 GS 512MB comes with a GPU clock speed of 650 MHz, and the 512 MB of DDR2 memory is set to run at 400 MHz through a 64-bit bus. It also features 16 SPUs, 8 TAUs, and 4 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 memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 96 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

(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) should theoretically be quite a bit 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 quite a bit (approximately 115%) more effective at texture 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) should be a small bit (more or less 8%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce 8400 GS 512MB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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