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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition Radeon X1950 XTX
Halo: Reach 256% 243%
Cyberpunk 2077 1441% 1385%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1022% 981%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 592% 567%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1022% 981%
Doom Eternal 864% 829%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1441% 1385%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1614% 1552%
FIFA 20 497% 476%
Need For Speed Heat 1022% 981%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon X1950 XTX are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition.

The GT 430 was released over three years more recently than the Radeon X1950 XTX, and so the GT 430 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Radeon X1950 XTX when running the latest games.

The GT 430 has 512 MB more video memory than the Radeon X1950 XTX, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the Radeon X1950 XTX has superior memory performance.

The Radeon X1950 XTX has 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 430, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon X1950 XTX is noticeably better than the GT 430.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition has 96 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon X1950 XTX has 48. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 430 is 151 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon X1950 XTX is 20. The GT 430 having 131 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the Radeon X1950 XTX performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run and the Radeon X1950 XTX requires 125 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 430 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the Radeon X1950 XTX. The Radeon X1950 XTX requires 76 Watts more than the GT 430 to run. The difference is significant enough that the Radeon X1950 XTX may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 430.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed785 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-300-A1R580+
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Dec 2010vs07 Oct 2006
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR4
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs64GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs48
Actual Shader Performance7%vs1%
Texture Mapping Units16vs-
Texture Rate12.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs-
Pixel Rate3.1 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs-
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Wattsvs125 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs450 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs3.0
Open GL4.5vs2.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron E3400 Dual-Core 2.6GHz-
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's middle-class GeForce GT 430, created by MSI.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit is now of 785MHz, instead of 700MHz while the Operating Memory Clock is now of 1000MHz.

Cooling Solution
The reference Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Dual Fan Cooling System.

Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance boost over the reference GeForce GT 430.
Radeon X1950 XTX is a high-end GPU based on the 80nm variant of the R500 architecture.
It's based on the R580+ Core and offers 48 Pixel Shaders, 16 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 256-bit of standard GDDR4. The central unit runs at 650MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 1000MHz.
Its therefore a Radeon X1900 XTX paired with GDDR4 that offers extra bandwidth and heats less, due to the small manufacturing process.
Unfortunately, its performance is only slightly better than Radeon X1900 XTX. Most of today's games might be playable at medium settings although the low preset will have to suffice on some. As it's not based on a Shader-Unified architecture, both DirectX 10 & 11 games aren't supported.
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