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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition Radeon HD 2900 GT
Halo: Reach 256% 355%
Cyberpunk 2077 1441% 1865%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1022% 1330%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 592% 782%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1022% 1330%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1441% 1865%
Doom Eternal 864% 1130%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1614% 2086%
FIFA 20 497% 662%
Need For Speed Heat 1022% 1330%

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 HD 2900 GT.

The GT 430 has a 185 MHz higher core clock speed and 4 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 2900. This results in the GT 430 providing 5.4 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 185 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 2900, but the HD 2900 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GT 430. As a result, the HD 2900 exhibits a 4.1 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 HD 2900, 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 HD 2900 when running the latest games.

The GT 430 has 768 MB more video memory than the HD 2900, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 2900 has 19.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 430, which means that the memory performance of the HD 2900 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 2900 GT has 240. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 430 is 151 and the actual shader performance of the HD 2900 is 94. The GT 430 having 57 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 2900 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GT 430 transistor size technology is 40 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 2900. This means that the GT 430 is expected to run much cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 2900.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 2900 GT requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 430 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the HD 2900. The HD 2900 requires 101 Watts more than the GT 430 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 2900 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GT 430.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed785 MHzvs600 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-300-A1R600 GT
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Dec 2010vs06 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs256 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs51.2GB/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 Units96vs240
Actual Shader Performance7%vs5%
Texture Mapping Units16vs12
Texture Rate12.6 GTexel/svs7.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs12
Pixel Rate3.1 GPixel/svs7.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs550 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron E3400 Dual-Core 2.6GHzvsIntel Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs3 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1024x768

Gaming Performance Value

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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 2900 GT is a high-end GPU based on the 80nm variant of the second unified shader architecture, R600.
It's based on the R600 GT Core and offers 240 Shader Processing Units, 12 TMUs and 12 ROPs a 256-bit memory interface of standard GDDR3. The central unit runs at 600MHz and the memory clock runs at up to 800MHz.
Its performance is not comparable to neither Radeon HD 2900 Pro nor Radeon HD 2900 XT due to featuring only 240 Shader Processing Units. Still, it's clearly above Radeon HD 2600 GPUs.
Due to the limited memory size, most of today's games will require unattractive resolutions but should run fluently from medium to high settings at anything below 1024x768.
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