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Written by Hank Tolman   
Monday, 11 October 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS GeForce GT 430 Fermi GF108 Video Card
ASUS ENGT430 Features
NVIDIA GF108 Specifications
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Left 4 Dead 2
DX10: Street Fighter IV
DX10: Far Cry 2
DX10: Resident Evil 5
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: Lost Planet 2
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.2
ASUS ENGT430 Final Thoughts
ASUS ENGT430 GeForce GT 430 Conclusion

DX10: Resident Evil 5

Built upon an advanced version of Capcom's proprietary MT Framework game engine to deliver DirectX-10 graphic detail, Resident Evil 5 offers gamers non-stop action similar to Devil May Cry 4, Lost Planet, and Dead Rising. The MT Framework is an exclusive seventh generation game engine built to be used with games developed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and PC ports. MT stands for "Multi-Thread", "Meta Tools" and "Multi-Target". Games using the MT Framework are originally developed on the PC and then ported to the other two console platforms.

On the PC version of Resident Evil 5, both DirectX 9 and DirectX-10 modes are available for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista Operating Systems. Microsoft Windows 7 will play Resident Evil with backwards compatible Direct3D APIs. Resident Evil 5 is branded with the NVIDIA The Way It's Meant to be Played (TWIMTBP) logo, and receives NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision functionality enhancements.

NVIDIA and Capcom offer the Resident Evil 5 benchmark demo for free download from their website, and Benchmark Reviews encourages visitors to compare their own results to ours. Because the Capcom MT Framework game engine is very well optimized and produces high frame rates, Benchmark Reviews uses the DirectX-10 version of the test at 1280x1024 resolution. High quality settings are configured, with 4x MSAA post processing effects for high demand on the GPU. Test scenes from Area #3 and Area #4 require the most graphics processing power, and the results are collected for the chart illustrated below.

ASUS_ENGT430_RE5.jpg

Cost Analysis: Resident Evil 5 (Area 4)

  • $79 GeForce GT 430 1GB (MSRP) = $2.37 per FPS
  • $115 GeForce GTS 250 512MB (9800GTX+) = $2.07 per FPS
  • $165 Radeon HD 5770 1GB (PowerColor 1GBD5-PPVG2) = $1.79 per FPS
  • $260 GeForce GTX 285 1GB = $2.26 per FPS

Test Summary: The Resident Evil 5 benchmark, though also a CAPCOM title, appears to be a little tougher on the GPU than the Street Fighter IV benchmark. Areas #3 and #4 are the most graphically demanding in this benchmark, so we have charted those two scenes. In area #3, the ENGT430 comes very close to the goal of 30FPS, but it doesn't quite make it. The other three areas, including area #4 as you can see, were above the playable frame rates, even if only slightly. If we turned the resolution down to 1024x768, we would see absolutely playable frame rates. Also, disabling or tuning down some of the features, such as Anti-Aliasing, would most likely give us frame rates well above the 30 FPS mark. Even so, the price per FPS of the GT 430 falls somewhat in line with the other products tested, though the Radeon HD 5770 steals the show. We can see that, if you wanted, the GT 430 could be a viable solution for playing this CAPCOM title, provided you lower the settings a little.

Graphics Card

GeForce 9800 GTX+

GeForce GTX285

GeForce GT 430

Radeon HD5770

GPU Cores

128

240

96

800

Core Clock (MHz)

740

670

700

850

Shader Clock (MHz)

1836

1550

1400

N/A

Memory Clock (MHz)

1100

1300

900

1200

Memory Amount

512 MB GDDR3

1024MB GDDR3

1024MB GDDR3

1024MB GDDR5

Memory Interface

256-bit

512-bit

128-bit

128-bit



 

Comments 

 
# huh?Dave 2010-10-11 14:02
"NVIDIA released the GTX480 video card, they reclaimed the top performance position"

How do you figure? The 5970 can't be touched in benchmark tests. Price aside, the 5970 is the beast to beat.
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# RE: huh?Olin Coles 2010-10-11 14:08
The author is probably speaking figuratively, as in NVIDIA has reclaimed the title of producing the best GPU... which they did when GF100 launched. It wasn't by much, but it was certainly enough to see a difference.
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# re: huh?warthorn 2010-10-11 14:11
GTX 480 has a more powerful GPU core and is the most powerful single-GPU on the market. Additionally, if talking about "ultimate" current performance, GTX 480 Quad-SLI usually beats HD 5970 CFX (4GPU vs 4GPU).
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# RE: ASUS GeForce GT 430 Fermi GF108 Video CardXeann 2010-10-11 17:37
i apprecciate all the bennchmarks expose here. Definitly, gives me a clear example in where the GT 430 can do a good job. but I think it would be a fairer comparison with a GT 240, Radeon HD 5600 for example.

Anyway, thanks for this benchmark
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# RE: ASUS GeForce GT 430 Fermi GF108 Video CardRealNeil 2010-10-11 18:02
5 minutes after I pulled the trigger on this card at newegg, I got the email about this review.
Good to see that it will work for what I want it to.
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# GTX480 vs 5970Hank 2010-10-11 19:24
As was stated by the other posts, I was referring to the performance of the GPU, I should have been more specific.
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# Image quality?Sweatshopking 2010-10-12 03:57
after reading the anandtech review of this card, I have a few concerns. One is the fact that a 5600 series costs less, and performs better. It will also be silent, which this card isnt. As well, according to anand, this card has inferior image quality. Knowing that a more affordable card performs better, and looks better, how can you recommend this card?
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# WellBez 2010-10-21 01:31
Anand was testing the Nvidia reference card, so when it comes to noise at least, you can't compare with the ASUS card.
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# RecommendationHank 2010-10-13 15:27
Because this card supports Physx and, more importantly, 3D media playback. I recommended it for a media environment. Show me a Radeon that can do that. I think the Radeon is much better if you want to play games, and I said so.
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# Any???Sweatshopking 2010-10-14 05:17
Please see
##xbitlabs.com/news/video/display/20100324235120_ATI_Radeon_Finall y_Supports_Stereosco pic_3D_Output.html

any dx 11 card will support 3d on a 120hz monitor, since 10.3 drivers. yes, it's less functional, but it works.
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# OkHank 2010-10-14 06:26
And PhysX?

So basically, what you are telling me is that, since you can get 3D with less functionality on any other card, and who cares about PhysX, I shouldn't recommend this card for HTPC use?

Hank
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# well the second parts true...Sweatshopking 2010-10-14 06:36
I would say, that functional isn't the best word. It IS functional, and it's not proprietary, so you can use a variety of software. Check out bit cauldron for some sweet products. I'm not a fan boy either way. I like both companies, my concern is to recommend a card that underperforms a card 1 year old, delivers poor image quality, at a higher cost. Also, You're not going to be running any physx on this card, so it's moot.

That being said, it's your site, do as you want. If you think it's worth it, fine, give'r. But to me, it seems like a lackluster product. Slower, hotter, louder, poorer image quality, and requires proprietary 3d, and more expensive. Recommend away.
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# Bottom LineHank 2010-10-14 06:40
The bottom line here is, I recommend this card for HTPC or media PC use. I clearly stated so in the article. That's my opinion. You obviously have a different opinion. You can go out an buy a proprietary HDTV, hope it works with the proprietary set of glasses and IR receiver you get somewhere else, and buy some proprietary software that might work with your TV and glasses, all so you can buck the recommendation of a GT430 card that plays 3D media.

One last thing, the ENGT430 that I tested was silent. It also doesn't require a PSU input as the 5670 does. Sounds good for a media PC to me.

Hank
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# Whoa Brother,Sweatshopking 2010-10-14 06:50
First of all, The one you have pictured Is NOT silent, it clearly has a fan, however quite. it is not passively cooled.
Second, I'm not disputing that it might be ok for HTPC, just that it's not the best.
third, NVIDIA HAS PROPRIETARY GLASSES AND REQUIRES A KIT. IT'S NOT OPEN, and the drivers are not reviewable by other manufacturers. Amd does not, and is not. They use the VESA standard, and will work with ALMOST ALL glasses and tv's, vs nvidia, who only works with nvidia glasses, and requires the nvidia kit.
I'm not sure why you got so worked up, i realize this site has been getting a lot of flack recently over some of the nvidia reviews, and that might be part of the reason. I do appreciate the fact that you reply to my concerns. I realize as well, that this isn't my site, and come to enjoy it, at no cost to myself.

i would like to thank you for the effort to review, benchmark, and discuss this card and this article.

thanks

Josh
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# No problems hereHank 2010-10-14 09:31
I'm sorry if I seemed worked up. I don't think that this card is better than a 5670, but I do think it would be better for a media PC. I could only find one 5670 that doesn't have a fan, I assumed you meant just silent to the reviewer's ears. You are right, it is not passively cooled.
The difference that I have found between the NVIDIA and ATI 3D is this: You will have to find a TV that is supported by the NVIDIA hardware, but it's just that. With ATI, you have to make sure the glasses are supported, you have to get 3rd party drivers for the glasses, and you have to make sure the TV is supported. The article that you linked specifies that as well. In fact, the link it had for DDD showing what TVs it works with is down and iZ3d only works with its own monitor. So it seems easier to me to buy the NVIDIA kit, then just worry about the TV. Anyway, like I said, you are entitled to your opinion and we certainly appreciate you commenting here. It's good to have contrasting viewpoints.
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# It's all good!Sweatshopking 2010-10-14 09:49
Thanks, I appreciate the candid response.

I've heard that ATI's implementation was becoming significantly streamlined in compared to nvidia's. It's interesting to hear that might not be the case. Let me know how it's hanging Hank, i'll continue to follow your articles.
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# AMD and 3DOlin Coles 2010-10-14 09:56
Just for reference, AMD/ATI does not have a dedicated 3D solution. There are 3rd party kits that work with Radeon video cards, but they work equally well with GeForce products, too. Alternatively, 3D Vision offers expanded special effects through coordinated development.
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