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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition Radeon HD 3850
Red Dead Redemption 2 1022% 999%
Halo: Reach 256% 249%
Cyberpunk 2077 1441% 1409%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1022% 999%
Doom Eternal 864% 845%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1441% 1409%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 57% 58%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1614% 1579%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1441% 1409%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 592% 578%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 3850 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition.

The GT 430 has a 117 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the Radeon HD 3850. This results in the GT 430 providing 1.9 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 117 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 3850, but the Radeon HD 3850 has 12 more Render Output Units than the GT 430. As a result, the Radeon HD 3850 exhibits a 7.6 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 Radeon HD 3850, 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 HD 3850 when running the latest games.

The GT 430 has 768 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 3850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The Radeon HD 3850 has 21.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 430, which means that the memory performance of the Radeon HD 3850 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 3850 has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 430 is 151 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 3850 is 214. The Radeon HD 3850 having 63 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon HD 3850 delivers a slightly 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 Radeon HD 3850. This means that the GT 430 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 3850. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GT 430 should consume less power than the Radeon HD 3850.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 3850 requires 75 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 HD 3850. The Radeon HD 3850 requires 26 Watts more than the GT 430 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon HD 3850 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 430.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed785 MHzvs668 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-300-A1RV670 PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Dec 2010vs19 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs830 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs53.1GB/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 Units96vs320
Actual Shader Performance7%vs10%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate12.6 GTexel/svs10.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs16
Pixel Rate3.1 GPixel/svs10.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs450 Watts & 28 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.5vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron E3400 Dual-Core 2.6GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

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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 HD 3850 is a high-end GPU based on the 55nm, second unified shader architecture, R600.
It's based on the RV670 PRO Core and offers 320 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 16 ROPs a 256-bit memory interface of standard GDDR3. The central unit runs at 668MHz and the memory clock runs at up to 830MHz.
It offers much better performance when compared to Radeon HD 3650, thanks to the extra Shaders and does not consume much more power.
Today's modern games should run fluently at medium settings but with modest resolutions only. DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
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