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Gaming Performance Comparison

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Game GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition Radeon X1900 GT Rev. 2
Halo: Reach 256% 349%
Cyberpunk 2077 1441% 1839%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1022% 1312%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 592% 771%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1022% 1312%
Doom Eternal 864% 1114%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1441% 1839%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1614% 2057%
FIFA 20 497% 652%
Need For Speed Heat 1022% 1312%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon X1900 GT Rev. 2.

The GT 430 was released over three years more recently than the X1900 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 X1900 GT when running the latest games.

The GT 430 has 768 MB more video memory than the X1900 GT, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The X1900 GT has 10.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 430, which means that the memory performance of the X1900 GT 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 X1900 GT Rev. 2 has 36. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 430 is 151 and the actual shader performance of the X1900 GT is 12. The GT 430 having 139 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GT 430 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the X1900 GT.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run and the Radeon X1900 GT Rev. 2 requires 75 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 430. The X1900 GT requires 26 Watts more than the GT 430 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the X1900 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 MHzvs512 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-300-A1R580
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Dec 2010vs01 Oct 2006
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs660 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs42.2GB/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 Units96vs36
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 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Amps-

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-

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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 X1900 GT Rev. 2 is a variant of the Radeon X1900 GT that comes with a slightly higher operating memory clock (660MHz VS 600 MHz) but also with its central unit underclocked (512MHz VS 575MHz).
Unfortunately, its performance ends up being worse than the first variant since this GPU does not benefit from extra memory bandwidth and falls behind previous in series Radeon X1800 XT.
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