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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GT 430

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GT 430

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Higher clock speed 700 MHz vs 580 MHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 1,600 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 60% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 800 MHz vs 500 MHz 60% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 49W vs 84W More than 40% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce 9600 GSO

Reasons to consider the
XFX GeForce 9600 GSO

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More texture mapping units 48 vs 16 Three times as many texture mapping units
Better cloud gate factor score 10.04 vs 7.31 More than 35% better cloud gate factor score
Slightly higher texture rate 27.84 GTexel/s vs 11.2 GTexel/s Around 2.5x higher texture rate
Wider memory bus 192 bit vs 64 bit 3x wider memory bus
More render output processors 12 vs 4 Three times as many render output processors

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GT 430 vs 9600 GSO

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Features Key features of the GeForce GT 430  vs 9600 GSO 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce GT 430
12.8 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GT 430
2.8 GPixel/s
GeForce 9600 GSO
6.96 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GT 430
11.2 GTexel/s
GeForce 9600 GSO
27.84 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GT 430
268.8 GFLOPS
GeForce 9600 GSO
256.1 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

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