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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 230 v2 GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 1122% 1156%
Hitman 3 1489% 1533%
Resident Evil 8 1122% 1156%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1017% 1048%
FIFA 21 516% 533%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1619% 1667%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 981% 1011%
Genshin Impact 1122% 1156%
Far Cry 6 1668% 1717%
The Medium 1424% 1467%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 230 v2 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition.

The GT 730 has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the GT 230, but the GT 230 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GT 730. As a result, the GT 230 exhibits a 12.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GT 730. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GT 730 has a 200 MHz higher core clock speed than the GT 230, but the GT 230 has 8 more Render Output Units than the GT 730. As a result, the GT 230 exhibits a 3.2 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GT 730. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GT 730 was released over three years more recently than the GT 230, and so the GT 730 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GT 230 when running the latest games.

The GT 730 has 512 MB more video memory than the GT 230, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GT 730 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GT 730 has 4.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 230, which means that the memory performance of the GT 730 is marginally better than the GT 230.

Both the GeForce GT 230 v2 and the GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition have 96 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GT 730 is 134 and by the GT 230 is 134. Knowing that the shader performance of the GT 730 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GT 730 transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GT 230. This means that the GT 730 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GT 230. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GT 730 should consume less power than the GT 230.

The GeForce GT 230 v2 requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition requires 49 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 230 and a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GT 730. The GT 230 requires 26 Watts more than the GT 730 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GT 230 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 730.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed500 MHzvs700 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTesla G92bFermi GF108-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date01 Oct 2009vs18 Jun 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
5.3
1600x900
4.1
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3.8
1920x1080
2.6
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2.5
2560x1440
1.7
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1.9
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GPU Memory

Memory1536 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR2vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth24GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB 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 Units96vs96
Actual Shader Performance6%vs6%
Technology55nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units48vs16
Texture Rate24 GTexel/svs11.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units12vs4
Pixel Rate6 GPixel/svs2.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs49 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs300 Watts & 18 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX10.0vs12.0
Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHzvsIntel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 230 v2 is a Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Tesla Architecture.

Architecture
Tesla was NVIDIA's First Unified Shader Architecture.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed G92b which has 6 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 12 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 500MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 1.5GB frame buffer of DDR2, through a 192-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 500MHz.

Features
DirectX 10.0 Support (10.0 Hardware Default) and support for NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration, PhysX, CUDA, HybridPower and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 75W, it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for Power meaning no extra connectors are required.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance on level with a Radeon HD 5570, meaning it is slightly faster than the more recent Fermi GeForce GT 430.
GeForce GT 730 v3 Gigabyte 2GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class GeForce GT 730 v3.

This Edition comes with a special cooling solution which keeps the GPU cooler under load and no overclock out of the box.

Performance-wise, it's as fast as the reference GeForce GT 730 v3.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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