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GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 vs GeForce GT 430

Intro

The GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 comes with a core clock frequency of 625 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 1012 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It features 48 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 8 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GT 430, which features core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 58 Watts
GeForce GT 430 60 Watts
Difference: 2 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 should be 12% faster than the GeForce GT 430 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 32384 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 3584 (12%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 should be a little bit (approximately 12%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 11200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 10000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1200 (12%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GT 220 GDDR3 5000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2200 (79%)

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 GT 220 GDDR3

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 430

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 GT 220 GDDR3 GeForce GT 430
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2009 October 2010
Code Name GT216 GF108
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe 2.0 PCIe x16
Memory 512 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 625 MHz 700 MHz
Shader Speed 1360 MHz 1400 MHz
Memory Speed 1012 MHz (2024 MHz effective) 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 48 96
Texture Mapping Units 16 16
Render Output Units 8 4
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 10.1 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.2 OpenGL 4.1
Power (Max TDP) 58 watts 60 watts
Shader Model 4.1 5.0
Bandwidth 32384 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 10000 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 5000 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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