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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition FireStream 9170
Halo: Reach 256% 182%
Cyberpunk 2077 1441% 1121%
Red Dead Redemption 2 1022% 789%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 592% 448%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1022% 789%
Doom Eternal 864% 664%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1441% 1121%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1614% 1258%
FIFA 20 497% 373%
Need For Speed Heat 1022% 789%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FireStream 9170 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition.

The FireStream 9170 has a 15 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GT 430. This results in the FireStream 9170 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 FireStream 9170 has a 15 MHz higher core clock speed and 12 more Render Output Units than the GT 430. This results in the FireStream 9170 providing 9.7 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 430 was released over three years more recently than the FireStream 9170, 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 FireStream 9170 when running the latest games.

The FireStream 9170 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GT 430, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the FireStream 9170 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FireStream 9170 has 19.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 430, which means that the memory performance of the FireStream 9170 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 FireStream 9170 has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 430 is 151 and the actual shader performance of the FireStream 9170 is 256. The FireStream 9170 having 105 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FireStream 9170 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 FireStream 9170. This means that the GT 430 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the FireStream 9170.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI Low Profile Dual Fan OC 1GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run and the FireStream 9170 requires 105 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 430 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the FireStream 9170. The FireStream 9170 requires 56 Watts more than the GT 430 to run. The difference is significant enough that the FireStream 9170 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 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-300-A1RV670
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Dec 2010vs08 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 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 Units96vs320
Actual Shader Performance7%vs12%
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate12.6 GTexel/svs12.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units4vs16
Pixel Rate3.1 GPixel/svs12.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Wattsvs105 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron E3400 Dual-Core 2.6GHz-
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 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.
AMD FireStream stream processors deliver all of the parallel processing power of the GPU to compute-intensive applications for scientists, engineers and consumers. Using up to 500 GFLOPS developers can dramatically increase the performance of their data parallel task applications.
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