NVIDIA has launched its latest graphics card and GeForce GT 430 is based on the slim GF108 GPU targeting media PCs. NVIDIA markets the card as a video and image editing card, but of course has gaming in mind too.
GeForce GT 430 comes with the GF108 GPU sporting 96 CUDA cores and 16 texture units, a signifcant decrease from the 192 CUDA cores and 32 texture units found in GeForce GTS 450 with the GF106 GPU. The circuit houses two SM units with 48 CUDA cores each, which means the circuit is more or less a GF106 GPU cut in half, which is still more than enough to replace the older GeForce GT 220 with 48 CUDA cores.
The graphics circuit connects to a 1GB DDR3 memory buffer with a 128-bit interface (two 64-bit memory controllers), which is similar to GTS 450, but slower memory .
|GTX 480||GTX 460 768MB||GTX 285||GTS 450||GT 430|
|Texture units / Filtrering||60/60||56/56||80 / 80||32/32||16/16|
|Memory clock||924MHz (3696MHz data rate) GDDR5||900MHz (3.6GHz data rate) GDDR5||1242MHz (2484MHz data rate) GDDR3||902MHz (3.608GHz data rate) GDDR5||900MHz (1.8GHz data rate) DDR3|
|Transistors||3 billion||1.95 billion||1.4 billion||1.17 billion||585 million|
|Node||TSMC 40nm||TSMC 40nm||TSMC 55nm||TSMC 40nm||TSMC 40nm|
|Price||~ 400€||~170€||–||~ 130€||~ 70€|
NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 isn’t the fastest 3D gaming card, but will work well with media computers and so called HTPCs. The graphics card comes with support for stereoscopic 3D, Blu-ray 3D and can handle 1080p video with bitrates up to 65 Mbps. The HDMI 1.4 output supports HDCP and loessless HD audio formats like DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. Power consumption will be at most 49 watt at regular use and the card is cooled by a single-slot cooler.
According to NVIDIA the card will be capable of whipping integrated graphics circuits in terms of gaming performance. The recommended resolution is 1280×1024 pixels, which can be tough with integrated solutions. We’re wondering how long there will be a market for these discrete budget cards since the next generation integrated solutions will be a lot more powerful.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 costs $70 and is available today. Below are some custom and non-custom cards appearing soon.