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GeForce GT 430 1GB vs Radeon HD 5830

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 1GB has core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 900 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 Texture Address Units and 4 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon HD 5830, which has core speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1120(224x5) SPUs as well as 56 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

(No game benchmarks for this combination yet.)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 1GB 60 Watts
Radeon HD 5830 175 Watts
Difference: 115 Watts (192%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 5830 should in theory perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 128000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 99200 (344%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 5830 is much (about 300%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 44800 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 33600 (300%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon HD 5830 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon HD 5830 12800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 10000 (357%)

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 1GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 5830

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 1GB Radeon HD 5830
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 2010 February 25, 2010
Code Name GF108 Cypress LE
Fab Process 40 nm 40 nm
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 800 MHz
Shader Speed 1400 MHz (N/A) MHz
Memory Speed 900 MHz (1800 MHz effective) 1000 MHz (4000 MHz effective)
Unified Shaders 96 1120(224x5)
Texture Mapping Units 16 56
Render Output Units 4 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 3.2
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 175 watts
Shader Model 5.0 5.0
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 44800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 12800 Mpixels/sec

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units 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 fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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