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GeForce GT 430 1GB vs GeForce GTS 150

Intro

The GeForce GT 430 1GB features a GPU clock speed of 700 MHz, and the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM is set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 96 Stream Processors, 16 Texture Address Units, and 4 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTS 150, which features a GPU core clock speed of 740 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR3 memory running at 500 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 128 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 430 1GB 60 Watts
GeForce GTS 150 141 Watts
Difference: 81 Watts (135%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTS 150, in theory, should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GT 430 1GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTS 150 32000 MB/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 3200 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTS 150 will be much (more or less 323%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GT 430 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTS 150 47360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 11200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36160 (323%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTS 150 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTS 150 11840 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 430 1GB 2800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 9040 (323%)

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 GTS 150

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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 GT 430 1GB GeForce GTS 150
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year October 2010 March 10, 2009
Code Name GF108 G92b
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 740 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 60 watts 141 watts
Bandwidth 28800 MB/sec 32000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11200 Mtexels/sec 47360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2800 Mpixels/sec 11840 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 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 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 430 1GB

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GeForce GTS 150

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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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