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GeForce GT 430 vs GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 features a GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 memory is set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 96 SPUs, 16 TAUs, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, which makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a speed of 1100 MHz on this specific card. It features 128 SPUs along with 64 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 60 Watts
GeForce GTS 250 1GB 145 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (142%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB should theoretically perform a lot faster than the GeForce GT 430 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 70400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (144%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be quite a bit (approximately 322%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 430. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 47232 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36032 (322%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTS 250 1GB 11808 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9008 (322%)

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

Amazon.com

GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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 GT 430 GeForce GTS 250 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2010 March 3, 2009
Code Name GF108 G92a/b
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 738 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 2200 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 70400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 47232 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 11808 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 128
Texture Mapping Units 16 64
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 65/55 nm
Transistors 585 million 754 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock 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 get to the max fill rate.

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