The GeForce GT 430 is currently the simplest DirectX 11 GPU from NVIDIA for the retail market (NVIDIA also has the GeForce GT 420, but this particular model is only available inside pre-built PCs). Let’s see how this factory-overclocked card from MSI fared in our tests.
The new GeForce GT 430 comes to replace the GeForce GT 220, which is a DirectX 10.1 part. It competes directly with the Radeon HD 5570, which is also DirectX 11. Since this is an entry-level video card, in our comparison we decided to include the performance of the integrated video available in the Core i3-530, which is an entry-level CPU.
The MSI N430GT MD1GD3/OC/LP comes overclocked, running at a core clock that is 12% higher than the default clock and a memory clock that is 22% higher than the default clock.
In the table below we compare the main specs of the video cards included in our review.
|Video Card||Core Clock||Shader Clock||Memory Clock (Real)||Memory Clock (Effective)||Memory Interface||Memory Transfer Rate||Memory||Shaders||DX||Price|
|Core i3-530||733 MHz||733 MHz||(system)||(system)||(system)||(system)||(system)||12||10||–|
|Radeon HD 5570||650 MHz||650 MHz||900 MHz||1.8 GHz||128-bit||28.8 GB/s||1 GB GDDR3||400||11||USD 70 – 85|
|GeForce GT 220||625 MHz||1.36 GHz||790 MHz||1.58 GHz||128-bit||25.28 GB/s||1 GB DDR2||48||10.1||USD 65 – 80|
|GeForce GT 430||700 MHz||1.4 GHz||900 MHz||1.8 GHz||128-bit||28.8 GB/s||1 GB DDR3||96||11||USD 65 – 85|
|MSI N430GT MD1GD3/OC/LP||785 MHz||1.57 GHz||1.1 GHz||2.2 GHz||128-bit||35.2 GB/s||1 GB DDR3||96||11||USD 80|
Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review.
Now let’s take a complete look at this model from MSI.