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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2
Halo: Reach 256% 386%
Cyberpunk 2077 1441% 2000%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1022% 1429%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 592% 843%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1022% 1429%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1441% 2000%
Doom Eternal 864% 1214%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1614% 2236%
FIFA 20 497% 714%
Need For Speed Heat 1022% 1429%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2.

The GT 430 has a 245 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the 8600 GT. This results in the GT 430 providing 4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 245 MHz higher core clock speed than the 8600 GT, but the 8600 GT has 4 more Render Output Units than the GT 430. As a result, the 8600 GT exhibits a 1.2 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 three years more recently than the 8600 GT, 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 8600 GT when running the latest games.

The GT 430 has 512 MB more video memory than the 8600 GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GT 430 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GT 430 has 19.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the 8600 GT, which means that the memory performance of the GT 430 is slightly better than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition has 96 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 has 32. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 430 is 151 and the actual shader performance of the 8600 GT is 43. The GT 430 having 108 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GT 430 delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the 8600 GT.

The GT 430 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the 8600 GT. This means that the GT 430 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the 8600 GT.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run and the GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 430. The 8600 GT requires 26 Watts more than the GT 430 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the 8600 GT to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 430.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed785 MHzvs540 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-300-A1Tesla G84
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Dec 2010vs01 Apr 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs400 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs12.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs32
Actual Shader Performance7%vs2%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate12.6 GTexel/svs8.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs8
Pixel Rate3.1 GPixel/svs4.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron E3400 Dual-Core 2.6GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

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.
GeForce 8600 GT Asus Magic 512MB DDR2 is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce 8600 GT.
It features DDR2 instead of DDR3 meaning it has less memory bandwidth due to the operating memory clock being lower while consuming more power since DDR3 is more energy efficient. The central unit runs at the same speed (540MHz) but this GPU feature a custom cooling solution which is 16 degrees cooler than the reference cooler, according to Asus.
Expect its performance to be on level with the reference card despite its lower bandwidth although the performance will be significantly lower when using 3D applications and settings that require extra bandwidth.
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