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GeForce GT 430 vs GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 900 MHz on this particular model. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, which uses a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 738 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM runs at a frequency of 1100 MHz on this card. It features 128 SPUs as well as 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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTS 250 1GB should in theory be much better than the GeForce GT 430 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB is a lot (about 322%) more effective at 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

GeForce GT 430

GeForce GTS 250 1GB

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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core 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 fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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