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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition Radeon HD 4730 PowerColor PCS Edition
Halo: Reach 256% 185%
Cyberpunk 2077 1441% 1130%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 592% 452%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1022% 795%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1022% 795%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1441% 1130%
Doom Eternal 864% 670%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1614% 1268%
FIFA 20 497% 377%
Need For Speed Heat 1022% 795%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 4730 PowerColor PCS Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition.

The GT 430 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 4730, but the HD 4730 has 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 430. As a result, the HD 4730 exhibits a 9.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 430. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 430 has a 85 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 4730, but the HD 4730 has 4 more Render Output Units than the GT 430. As a result, the HD 4730 exhibits a 2.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 430. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 430 was released over a year more recently than the HD 4730, and so the GT 430 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD 4730.

The GT 430 has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 4730, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 4730 has 25.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 430, which means that the memory performance of the HD 4730 is slightly 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 HD 4730 PowerColor PCS Edition has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 430 is 151 and the actual shader performance of the HD 4730 is 291. The HD 4730 having 140 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the HD 4730 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 430.

The GT 430 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 4730. This means that the GT 430 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 4730.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 4730 PowerColor PCS Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 430 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the HD 4730. The HD 4730 has been recommended a PSU with 150 Watts more than the GT 430. The difference is significant enough that the HD 4730 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 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-300-A1RV770 CE
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Dec 2010vs08 Nov 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
2.6
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2560x1440
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs57.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs640
Actual Shader Performance7%vs14%
Technology40nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs32
Texture Rate12.6 GTexel/svs22.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs8
Pixel Rate3.1 GPixel/svs5.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs450 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10.1
Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.5vs3.0
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron E3400 Dual-Core 2.6GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1440x900

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.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance boost over the reference GeForce GT 430.
Radeon HD 4730 PowerColor PCS Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 4730 that features a new cooling system and no overclocking out of the box.
In the end, the performance is worse than the Radeon HD 4730 as there are two variants of this card whereas one has a core-clock of 700MHz and another of 750MHz and the one we currently offers is the latter.
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