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NVIDIA ASUS GeForce GT 430 graphics card review

by Tarinder Sandhu on 11 October 2010, 14:00 3.5

Tags: ASUSTeK (TPE:2357), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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How we test

GPU comparisons

Graphics cards Current pricing Shader model Stream processors GPU clock speed (MHz) Shader clock speed (MHz) Memory clock speed (MHz) Memory bus width (bits) Graphics driver
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 768MB £125 5.0 336 675 1,350 3,600 192 ForceWare 260.52
ASUS GeForce GTS 450 OC 1,024MB £110 5.0 192 925 1,850 4,000 128 ForceWare 260.52
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1,024MB £95 5.0 192 783 1,566 3,608 128 ForceWare 260.52
ASUS GeForce GT 430 1,024MB £60 (est) 5.0 96 700 1,400 1,600 128 ForceWare 260.77
HIS Radeon HD 5770 1,024MB £110 5.0 800 850 850 4,800 128 Catalyst 10.8
Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 1,024MB £90 5.0 720 700 700 4,600 128 Catalyst 10.8
Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 1,024MB £80 5.0 400
775 775 4,000 128 Catalyst 10.8
Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 512MB* £60 5.0 320
650 650 4,000 128 Catalyst 10.9
AMD Radeon HD 4550 512MB £30 4.0 80
600 600 1,600 64 Catalyst 10.9

Test bench

CPU Intel Core i5 750 (2.67GHz, 8MB L3)
Motherboard ASUS P7P55D Premium
Motherboard BIOS 1807
Memory 4GB Kingston DDR3
Memory timings and speed 9-9-9-24-1T @ DDR3-1,333
PSU Corsair HX850W
Monitor Dell 24in 2405FPW - 1,920x1,200px
Disk drive(s) Corsair Nova V128 SSD
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit

Benchmarks

Mafia II DX9, 1,280x1,024 and 1,680x1,050 resolutions, 0xAA, 8xAF, medium quality
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 DX9, 1,280x1,024 and 1,680x1,050  resolutions, 2xAA, normal quality, FRAPS-recorded benchmark.
Crysis Warhead DX10, 1,280x1,024 and 1,680x1,050 resolutions, 0xAA, mainstream quality, Frost map, FRAPS-recorded benchmark.
DiRT 2 DX11, 1,280x1,024 and 1,680x1,050 resolutions, 2xAA, ultra quality, London map.
Temperature To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and whilst playing Crysis Warhead. 
Power consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record mains power draw both when idle and whilst playing Crysis Warhead. 
GPGPU We use CyberLink's MediaShow Espresso 6 to convert a 382MB wmv file into the Apple iPhone format.
Blu-ray We use CyberLink's Power DVD 10 to play chapter 14 of the Matrix Reloaded Blu-ray film and note CPU load.

Testing notes

* the Radeon HD 5550 isn't a standard model. It features GDDR5 memory operating at an effective 4,000MHz. Most partner cards run with GDDR3 memory at 1,600MHz. Please bear this in mind when comparing results.

We've thrown in a number of modern graphics cards that will help determine the GT 430's relative standing. The Radeon HD 4550 512MB GPU is included for two purposes. Firstly, it gives us an indication of low-end discrete GPU performance from two years ago. Secondly, its specifications remain a little better than any integrated graphics', so a look at its results will show the step up from truly budget to mainstream graphics.