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GeForce GT 430 vs GeForce GTS 250 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 comes with a GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and the 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM runs at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is made up of 96 Stream Processors, 16 TAUs, and 4 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTS 250 1GB, which has GPU clock speed of 738 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory running at 1100 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 128 Stream Processors, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTS 250 1GB should be 144% quicker than the GeForce GT 430 overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 250 1GB will be quite a bit (more or less 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 250 1GB is the winner, 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

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

Model GeForce GT 430 GeForce GTS 250 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2010 March 3, 2009
Code Name GF108 G92a/b
Fab Process 40 nm 65/55 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe x16 2.0
Memory 512 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 738 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz 1836 MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1100 MHz (2200 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 96 128
Texture Mapping Units 16 64
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.1
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 145 watts
Shader Model 5.0 4.0
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 70400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 47232 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 11808 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range 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 number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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