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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition GeForce GT 720 v2
Red Dead Redemption 2 1022% 970%
Halo: Reach 256% 240%
Cyberpunk 2077 1441% 1370%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1022% 970%
Doom Eternal 864% 820%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1441% 1370%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1614% 1535%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 592% 560%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1441% 1370%
Need For Speed Heat 1022% 970%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 720 v2 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition.

The GT 720 has a 12 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GT 430. This results in the GT 720 providing 0.2 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 720 has a 12 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Render Output Units than the GT 430. This results in the GT 720 providing 3.3 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 720 was released over three years more recently than the GT 430, and so the GT 720 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GT 430 when running the latest games.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition and the GeForce GT 720 v2 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GT 720 has 8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 430, which means that the memory performance of the GT 720 is marginally better than the GT 430.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition has 96 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 720 v2 has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 430 is 151 and the actual shader performance of the GT 720 is 153. The GT 720 having 2 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GT 720 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 430.

The GT 720 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GT 430. This means that the GT 720 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GT 430. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GT 720 should consume less power than the GT 430.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 720 v2 requires 19 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 430 and a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 720. The GT 430 requires 30 Watts more than the GT 720 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GT 430 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 720.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed785 MHzvs797 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-300-A1Kepler GK208
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Dec 2010vs27 Mar 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs40GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs 128 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs192
Actual Shader Performance7%vs7%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate12.6 GTexel/svs12.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs8
Pixel Rate3.1 GPixel/svs6.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Wattsvs19 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs300 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron E3400 Dual-Core 2.6GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

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 GT 720 is a Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Kepler Architecture.

This Graphics Card Equips the Kepler GK208 GPU which is essentially a power optimized version of the GK107 GPU. Whereas it still has a count of 2 Stream Multiprocessors, the bus-width has been cut in half to allow for even a smaller power consumption and consequently a cooler operating temperature.
Additionally, the GK208 GPU allows the Central Unit to reach a significant higher frequency, thanks to the Kepler Boost 2.0 Technology. The better the laptop's cooling system, the higher the frequency.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GK208 which has 1 Stream Multiprocessor activated and thus offers 192 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 797MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Optimus, CUDA, OpenCL, DirectCompute, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 19W, it requires at least a 300W PSU and it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above the older GeForce GT 630.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Modest Processor (Core i3) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 720.
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