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Nvidia GT430 cards leak

Nvidia GT430 cards leak

Nvidia's GT430 cards are out of the bag, with Best Buy ignoring the launch date and selling models now - to Nvidia's undoubted chagrin.

Details of Nvidia's replacement for the aging GT250 cards, the Fermi-based GT430 budget-range model, have leaked ahead of its official announcement thanks to some over-eager Best Buy employees.

The GT430 range isn't due for launch until the 10th of this month, but employees at Best Buy stores across the US apparently missed a memo - and have been sticking the cards on the shelf ready for sale.

Zorbas, a member of the EVGA Forums, was able to snap some detailed shots of the boxes, including images of the detailed specifications on the side.

It looks like the first models, including the Galaxy-branded version that Zorbas snapped, will feature 96 stream processors, a 700MHz GPU clock and 1600MHz memory clock running on a 128-bit interface.

Interestingly, manufacturers seem to have decided to cut corners on the RAM. Unlike the GDDR5 used in the higher-end GTX460 models, images from an installed card show it reporting 1GB of DDR3 - a fact borne out by labelling on the box. How much of an effect on performance the slower RAM will have compared to the reduced number of stream processors remains to be seen.

With customers reporting that they were able to buy the cards today, Nvidia, and its manufacturing partners, had better get cracking on an official announcement.

Does the GT430 fill you with budget gaming joy, or is the performance likely to be far too low even at a hefty discount? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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xaser04 4th October 2010, 14:46 Quote
Going by the GTS450's lackluster performance I wonder how well this card will perform (will it even manage to best a GT240?).

It could be the new Physx sweetheart though.
mrbens 4th October 2010, 15:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04

It could be the new Physx sweetheart though.

Ahh good point. I can't imagine it'd be that great as a main GPU.
Fizzban 4th October 2010, 15:29 Quote
Doesn't sound very stimulating does it? Have to wait and see what the benchmarks are..other than low haha.
Cyberpower-UK 4th October 2010, 15:42 Quote
Dammit, they beat me to it!
l3v1ck 4th October 2010, 15:53 Quote
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Does the GT430 fill you with budget gaming joy, or is the performance likely to be far too low even at a hefty discount?
Let's face it. It's a media card, not a gaming card. They'd be foolish to advertise it as anything other than that.
memeroot 4th October 2010, 16:00 Quote
proabbly beat a 9600 but not much else... not for me... i'm not everyone

come on nvidia - where is the top end?

see thread
http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=195642 :-)
cgthomas 4th October 2010, 16:55 Quote
Where's the 490 or 495.
I bet we'll see some gtx 485 and 475 soon
xaser04 4th October 2010, 17:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by cgthomas

I bet we'll see some gtx 485 and 475 soon

We will, bindi has declared it so.... :D
HourBeforeDawn 4th October 2010, 17:55 Quote
Well considering nVidia is working on a rehash called Fermi 1.5 I would be surpised if we see GTX ##5 models coming out that have most of the design flaws of fermi worked out but we will see.

As for this card ya its more a basic user/ media card.
TSR2 4th October 2010, 18:41 Quote
Isn't a GB of RAM a bit overkill for such a card? And what sort of prices were customers paying?
cgthomas 4th October 2010, 19:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by TSR2
Isn't a GB of RAM a bit overkill for such a card? And what sort of prices were customers paying?

Not really tbh, RAM is becoming cheaper and since this card will be installed in HP's Dell's 'Multimedia PCs' i think 1GB is quite required for HD Blu Ray and large (wide) sceern / monitors
rickysio 5th October 2010, 11:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by cgthomas
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Originally Posted by TSR2
Isn't a GB of RAM a bit overkill for such a card? And what sort of prices were customers paying?

Not really tbh, RAM is becoming cheaper and since this card will be installed in HP's Dell's 'Multimedia PCs' i think 1GB is quite required for HD Blu Ray and large (wide) sceern / monitors

Not really. My 9600GT 512MB plays back 1080p perfectly fine.
Gareth Halfacree 5th October 2010, 16:09 Quote
There's an easy way to work out how much memory a particular resolution needs: vertical resolution times horizontal resolution times by bits per pixel.

So, let's assume you're watching your Blu-ray films at 1920 x 1080 at 32-bit colour. That's:
1920 * 1080 = 2073600
2073600 * 32 = 66355200 bits

Divide that by eight and we get 8294400 bytes - or just under 8MB for a single 1080p frame.

If we assume that your graphics card is triple-buffering the video, that's three lots of 8MB - or 24MB.

512MB is *plenty* for Blu-ray playback - and 1GB is definitely overkill.
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