Galaxy GeForce GT 430 Video Card Review

NVIDIA's GeForce GT 430 GPU is here to rock the sub-$100 video card market! Does this new Fermi GPU offer a substantial upgrade over the GeForce GT 220, which it aims to replace? Can it compete with the long-entrenched Radeon HD 5000 series? In our look at the Galaxy GeForce GT 430 we will find out.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing based on real gameplay as well.

Test System Setup

For our test system platform we are using an ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution motherboard with an Intel Core i7 920 overclocked to 3.6GHz, and 6GB of Corsair DDR3-1600. For the power supply, we will be using a CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 1250W.

While it might be "overkill," we use the Core i7-920 processor at 3.6GHz in an attempt to prevent our evaluation from being CPU limited. Obviously, we make every effort to not use CPU limited games for video card evaluations, but the i7-920 at 3.6GHz seems to put many peoples’ minds at ease when it comes to that subject.

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For the Galaxy GeForce GT 430, we are using ForceWare 260.77 Beta driver supplied by NVIDIA in order for this video card to work. Unfortunately, the ForceWare 260.77 driver we received from NVIDIA did not work with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 video card. We contacted NVIDIA about this, and they specifically told us to use ForceWare 260.63 for all other GeForce video cards because quote: "It’s essentially the same as 260.77." So, we had no choice but to do what they suggested and use ForceWare 260.63 Beta driver for the GeForce GT 220 as it is basically the same as the other driver.

For the ATI Radeon HD 5670, we are using Catalyst 10.9 WHQL.

Below is a screenshot of GPU-Z after installing the Galaxy GeForce GT 430 and ForceWare 260.77 Beta drivers.

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