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GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) vs GeForce GT 430

Intro

The GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) has a core clock frequency of 450 MHz and a DDR2 memory speed of 400 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and uses a 80 nm design. It is comprised of 8 SPUs, 4 TAUs, and 2 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GT 430, which has a clock frequency of 700 MHz and a GDDR3 memory speed of 900 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 96 SPUs, 16 Texture Address Units, and 4 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 40 Watts
GeForce GT 430 60 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GT 430 should be 350% quicker than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 28800 MB/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 6400 MB/sec
Difference: 22400 (350%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 430 is quite a bit (more or less 522%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce 8300 GS (OEM). (explain)

GeForce GT 430 11200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 1800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9400 (522%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GT 430 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GT 430 2800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 8300 GS (OEM) 900 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1900 (211%)

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 8300 GS (OEM)

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GeForce GT 430

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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 8300 GS (OEM) GeForce GT 430
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2007 October 2010
Code Name G86 GF108
Memory 128 MB 512 MB
Core Speed 450 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 800 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 40 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 6400 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 1800 Mtexels/sec 11200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 900 Mpixels/sec 2800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 8 96
Texture Mapping Units 4 16
Render Output Units 2 4
Bus Type DDR2 GDDR3
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 80 nm 40 nm
Transistors 210 million 585 million
Bus PCI Express x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one 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 worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant 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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GeForce 8300 GS (OEM)

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GeForce GT 430

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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.

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