Although serious gamers frown upon entry-level video cards, there are a lot of people who are occasional gamers that don’t have or don’t want to spend the money to buy a mid-range or high-end video card.
The GeForce GT 430 is an interesting option in the USD 65 &n
dash; USD 85 price range, and the MSI N430GT MD1GD3/OC/LP proved to be a no-brainer: it costs the same as the standard GeForce GT 430 and is between 9% and 20% faster. So, if you are willing to buy an entry-level video card and are contemplating the new GeForce GT 430, this particular model from MSI is the one that provides the best bang for the buck today.
Compared to its main competitor, the Radeon HD 5570, the MSI N430GT MD1GD3/OC/LP was faster in most games we ran, up to 20%. The only game where the Radeon HD 5570 was faster was on Aliens vs. Predator, where the AMD part was 5% faster.
The only “problem” with this video card is that is comes late to the party, as the Radeon HD 5570 is available since February.