NVIDIA GeForce GT 430: Cheap DX11 Graphics - HotHardware

NVIDIA GeForce GT 430: Cheap DX11 Graphics

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Throughout the third and fourth quarters of '09, and right through the beginning of this year, we watched as AMD launched graphics card after graphics card, until their full product line of DX11 Radeon HD 5000 series parts filled virtually every possible market segment. More recently, NVIDIA has had the chance to answer with a number of video cards of their own based on the company's Fermi architecture. Although it was released much later than NVIDIA would have liked, the current flagship GTX 480 ended up taking the crown as the fastest single GPU on the market. And since then, the GF104 based GeForce GTX 460 has made a strong statement as one of the best mainstream options available, combining an affordable price with relatively strong performance and impressive scaling in SLI.

Up to this point, however, NVIDIA was yet to push the entry-level market with a DX11 capable GPU. To be clear, we're speaking of the segment above integrated graphics solutions found on many motherboards. While the recently released $129 GTS 450 is a strong performer for the price, it didn't achieve the same sort of critical acclaim as the GTX 460, or the performance advantage that the GTX 480 has over its competition in its market segment. With the release of the GT 430, NVIDIA aims to better position itself in the media PC market, where hardcore, high resolution PC gaming takes a backseat to HD video playback, photo and video editing, and Blu-ray 3D capability. Read on to find out just how well the GT 430 performs, and where it stands compared to its AMD Radeon counterparts.


Asus GeForce ENGT430 Graphics Card

NVIDIA GeForce GT 430
Specifications & Features



The Asus ENGT430 card we'll be featuring in this article is powered by the GF108 GPU. Like the other members of the GeForce 400 series, it's based on NVIDIA's Fermi architecture, and we should also point out this GPU is already available in a mobile version. The core is clocked at 700MHz and features 96 CUDA cores, 16 texture units, 1GB of DDR3 memory at 800MHz, and a 128-bit memory interface. In addition, total memory bandwidth is rated at 28.8GB/s, while texture filtering peaks at 11.2GT/s.

The NVIDIA GF108 GPU is manufactured using TSMC's 40nm process, and is comprised of 585 million transistors. While these specs currently represent the lowest within the desktop Fermi product line, the GF108 also offers the most manageable thermal design power (TDP) of only 49W.

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Hmmm, I was expecting a little more from this little guy... it is entry level tho.

How overclockable is this thing, and would it even be worth it?

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If you're looking for a cheap gaming card, IMO, overclocking one of these isn't the way to go. Spring for the next step up and look into a GTS 450 or 5670 class card.

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As slow as it is. I bet it would still out perform the 9600gt and 8800gts that I have in Jen and my PCs. I think it would fit real nice in her SFF box and should handle Team Fortress no problem.

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This is a great card for an HTPC. Almost reminds me of my 9800 pro when I had a Golden Orb cooler mounted on it. 

Good to see Nvidia coming out with new cards even though they are late in the game. 

With that said....bring on the AMD 6 series!!!! Big Smile

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I need a low profile card for a Dell Vostro that someone gave me today. This looks like it would do the trick.

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I can understand being cheap on a MOBO, PSU or even RAM.

But if you are to game, at least go for a moderatly priced mid range card!

Thats like using 99c oil in a Ferrari just before a race!

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animatortom:
I can understand being cheap on a MOBO, PSU or even RAM.

Indifferent

Those are the worst.

On a serious note. I would not go out and get one of these cards to play games, but with all the cuda stuff and browsers and other stuff going GPU rendered it's not a bad idea to have a low end GPU in a none gaming PC. Plus someone like Jen(My better half) who only plays Team Fortress 2 it would run fine.

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this is a very cheap graphics card that i might consider putting in my sisters desktop!!!!

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