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GeForce GT 430 1GB vs GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 1GB makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR3 memory works at a speed of 900 MHz on this card. It features 96 SPUs as well as 16 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, which features GPU clock speed of 576 MHz, and 896 MB of GDDR3 RAM running at 999 MHz through a 448-bit bus. It also features 216 Stream Processors, 72 TAUs, and 28 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 1GB 60 Watts
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 202 Watts
Difference: 142 Watts (237%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 should in theory be a lot better than the GeForce GT 430 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 111888 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 83088 (289%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 will be a lot (about 270%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 41472 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30272 (270%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is much (about 476%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce GT 430 1GB, and also capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 16128 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13328 (476%)

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 1GB

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 430 1GB GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2010 September 16, 2008
Code Name GF108 G200
Memory 1024 MB 896 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 576 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1998 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 202 watts
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 111888 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 41472 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 16128 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 216
Texture Mapping Units 16 72
Render Output Units 4 28
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR3
Bus Width 128-bit 448-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 65 nm
Transistors 585 million 1400 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 max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends 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 maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 430 1GB

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GeForce GTX 260 Core 216

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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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