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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition Quadro K420
Red Dead Redemption 2 1022% 1013%
Halo: Reach 256% 254%
Cyberpunk 2077 1441% 1430%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1022% 1013%
Doom Eternal 864% 857%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1441% 1430%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1614% 1601%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 592% 587%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 1441% 1430%
Need For Speed Heat 1022% 1013%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia Quadro K420 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition.

The Quadro K420 has a 91 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 430. This results in the Quadro K420 providing 15.4 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 Quadro K420 has a 91 MHz higher core clock speed and 12 more Render Output Units than the GT 430. This results in the Quadro K420 providing 10.9 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 Quadro K420 was released over three years more recently than the GT 430, and so the Quadro K420 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 Quadro K420 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GT 430 has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Quadro K420, which means that the memory performance of the GT 430 is marginally better than the Quadro K420.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition has 96 Shader Processing Units and the Quadro K420 has 192. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 430 is 151 and the actual shader performance of the Quadro K420 is 168. The Quadro K420 having 17 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Quadro K420 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 430.

The Quadro K420 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GT 430. This means that the Quadro K420 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GT 430. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Quadro K420 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 Quadro K420 requires 41 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 430 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the Quadro K420. The GT 430 requires 8 Watts more than the Quadro K420 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 Quadro K420.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed785 MHzvs876 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-300-A1Kepler GK107-301-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Good
Release Date01 Dec 2010vs22 Jul 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs green tick 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units96vs192
Actual Shader Performance7%vs8%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units16vs32
Texture Rate12.6 GTexel/svs28 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs16
Pixel Rate3.1 GPixel/svs14 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Wattsvs41 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs350 Watts & 23 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron E3400 Dual-Core 2.6GHzvsIntel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz
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.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance boost over the reference GeForce GT 430.
Quadro K420 is an entry-level professional card based on the 28nm, Kepler architecture.

It's based on the Kepler GK107 GPU and offers 192 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface of standard DDR3. The central unit runs at 876MHz and the memory clock operates at up to 900MHz. It has a L2 Cache of 256KB and a rated board TDP of 41 Watts.

Despite exhibiting similarities to GeForce GT 720, due to being under-clocked and because Quadro K420's drivers are only certified for professional applications only, its gaming performance is only slightly above GeForce GT 720.
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