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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 430 MSI OC 2GB Edition Radeon HD 3800 series
Cyberpunk 2077 1131% 1209%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1026% 1098%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 989% 1059%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 989% 1059%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 902% 966%
FIFA 21 521% 560%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 1665% 1777%
Watch Dogs Legion 1087% 1163%
Genshin Impact 1131% 1209%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1632% 1742%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 430 MSI OC 2GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 3800 series.

The HD 3800 has no core clock speed set, so any comparison between Texture and Pixel Fill Rates is not currently possible.

The GT 430 was released over three years more recently than the HD 3800, 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 3800 when running the latest games.

The GT 430 has 512 MB more video memory than the HD 3800, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GT 430 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GT 430 has 21.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 3800, which means that the memory performance of the GT 430 is slightly better than the HD 3800.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI OC 2GB Edition has 96 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 3800 series has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 430 is 140 and the actual shader performance of the HD 3800 is 0. The GT 430 having 140 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GT 430 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD 3800.

The GT 430 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 3800. This means that the GT 430 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 3800. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GT 430 should consume less power than the HD 3800.

The GeForce GT 430 MSI OC 2GB Edition requires 49 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 3800 series. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 430.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed730 MHzvs-
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureFermi GF108-300-A1RV670
OC Potential Fair vs -
Driver Support Poor vs -
Release Date01 Dec 2010vs01 Nov 2007
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed667 MHzvs-
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth21.3GB/secvs-
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%vs-
Texture Mapping Units16vs16
Texture Rate11.7 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units4vs16
Pixel Rate2.9 GPixel/svs-

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power49 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.1
Open GL4.5vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Celeron E3400 Dual-Core 2.6GHz-
Recommended RAM4 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768-

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 430 MSI OC 2GB 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 730MHz, instead of 700MHz while the Operating Memory Clock is now of 667MHz.

Cooling Solution
The reference Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Single Fan Cooling System.

Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance boost over the reference GeForce GT 430.
Radeon HD 3800 Series is not a GPU but instead a combination between Radeon HD 3830, Radeon HD 3850 and Radeon HD 3870 whose rank is a balance between the three and that exists for System Requirements purposes only.
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