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Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2 And 3D Vision

GeForce GT 430: The HTPC Crowd Gets Fermi On A Diet
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Just Cause 2 might be an Nvidia TWIMTBP title, but that doesn’t stop the Radeon cards from showing a strong advantage here. The GeForce cards seem strangely performance-capped in this title, and the GeForce GT 240 performs on par with the new GeForce GT 430.

Enabling 3D Vision in this 3D Vision-ready game definitely results in a performance hit. There is a predictable 50% reduction in frame rates with the feature enabled, showing us two things: 3D Vision causes a notable penalty on low-end GeForce cards, and Just Cause 2 is a tough game for sub-$100 graphics hardware to handle.

The GeForce GT 430 might be quite successful at playing low-fidelity titles such as World of Warcraft in 3D, but if graphically-demanding titles are in your sights, you should be looking to GeForce cards above the $100 mark. Remember, rendering in stereo means you're fundamentally doubling the graphics card's workload. We'd suggest a GeForce GTX 460, at the very least, if you're interested in seriously exploring this feature.

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    rohitbaran , October 11, 2010 1:59 PM
    Priced pretty high for its performance.
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    cknobman , October 11, 2010 1:28 PM
    Not impressed.....at all.

    Its not like Nvidia was racing AMD to the market here so I fail to see why they insist on pushing out a product that is not priced competitively.

    Heck Nvidia's new product isnt even priced appropriately against their last generation cards much less AMDs year old offerings.
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    tmk221 , October 11, 2010 1:42 PM
    imho it's not worth anything close to 79$
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    nforce4max , October 11, 2010 1:26 PM
    Just as I thought it is slower than a GT240.
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    fausto , October 11, 2010 1:27 PM
    Anybody use HTPC state side with a satallite/cable provider? cable card? are you able to decode OnDemand and Premium Channels in the United States?

    Because it seems like HTPC's primary options are services like Hulu and Netflix.
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    cknobman , October 11, 2010 1:28 PM
    Not impressed.....at all.

    Its not like Nvidia was racing AMD to the market here so I fail to see why they insist on pushing out a product that is not priced competitively.

    Heck Nvidia's new product isnt even priced appropriately against their last generation cards much less AMDs year old offerings.
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    christiangordon , October 11, 2010 1:38 PM
    faustoAnybody use HTPC state side with a satallite/cable provider? cable card? are you able to decode OnDemand and Premium Channels in the United States?Because it seems like HTPC's primary options are services like Hulu and Netflix.


    I have used the HTPC cards and they don't work with Sat/ATT companies for OnDemand. They are basically good for 720p 1080p formats
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    tmk221 , October 11, 2010 1:42 PM
    imho it's not worth anything close to 79$
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    rolli59 , October 11, 2010 1:50 PM
    Slots in next to HD5570 low profile for small form factor cases with limited size PSU!
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    neilnh , October 11, 2010 1:58 PM
    faustoAnybody use HTPC state side with a satallite/cable provider? cable card? are you able to decode OnDemand and Premium Channels in the United States?Because it seems like HTPC's primary options are services like Hulu and Netflix.


    I use my HTPC for OTA HD networks (Fox, ABC, NBC, etc), Hulu, ESPN3, Blu-ray, and DVD-rips. I get HD on most of the shows I watch, and Hulu doesn't look bad for the others. There are very few gaps, but some would care a lot about them... HBO, NFL network, ESPN content that isn't available on ESPN3. Overall though, no monthly fee for all my TV with HD DVR... I like it. Some people use cable cards, but my whole reason for going the HTPC route was to save money, not pay more.
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    rohitbaran , October 11, 2010 1:59 PM
    Priced pretty high for its performance.
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    ikefu , October 11, 2010 2:00 PM
    The only reason for this card is if you actually watch 3D Bluray, for anything else the 5670 seems way better.

    I have a 55" 3d TV but hate the glasses so much I can't ever see myself using 3D playback. I'd go for 5670 just for the occasional gaming session.
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    Onus , October 11, 2010 2:21 PM
    This just shows how good the HD5670 is. And, with GDDR5 versions of the HD5570 available, there's just no reason for this card at this price. Pass.
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    RazberyBandit , October 11, 2010 2:42 PM
    Page 1, in reference to GT 220 comparison:
    Quote:
    the new GeForce GT 430 has an obvious advantage over its predecessor in the form of one-third more shader cores and a 75 MHz-higher core clock

    96 shader cores is only one-third more than 48? Looks more like 100% more (or twice as many) to me...
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    cleeve , October 11, 2010 2:50 PM
    RazberyBanditPage 1, in reference to GT 220 comparison:96 shader cores is only one-third more than 48? Looks more like 100% more (or twice as many) to me...


    Thanks! Fixed.
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    sohaib_96 , October 11, 2010 3:01 PM
    its an htpc card what would you you expect from it??
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    jestersage , October 11, 2010 3:03 PM
    Still waiting for the price war... or Christmas... whichever...
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    f-14 , October 11, 2010 3:03 PM
    Quote:
    Here we see the new GeForce GT 420 keep pace with the Radeon HD 5570.


    i won't tell if you don't Don ;) 
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    cleeve , October 11, 2010 3:11 PM
    f-14i won't tell if you don't Don


    Doh! You just told!

    Fixed. :) 
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    megamanx00 , October 11, 2010 3:19 PM
    So, this new card is still crappy it's just less crappy than a GT 220. It would look alot better if the 5570 wasn't around to not only beat it but use less power at the same time.
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    chovav , October 11, 2010 3:23 PM
    how about doing some CUDA calculations? like converting video and checking the differences between the cards. The best will be ofcourse to do this with a program compatible with both CUDA and STREAM..
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    Onus , October 11, 2010 3:36 PM
    "The good news is that there are no bad GeForce or Radeon cards anymore; there are only inappropriate prices. "
    Bottom line, I think this is an entirely reasonable assessment. And this card is about $20 too high for what it offers.
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    Gekko Shadow , October 11, 2010 3:43 PM
    Sooo...it's a fermi why? *sigh* well i suppose for your average consumers this can work out ok, but i don't think this is something I'd buy for me. Maybe for one of my customers, lol.
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