The GeForce GT 430 is currently the simplest DirectX 11 GPU from NVIDIA for the retail market (NVIDIA also has the GeForce GT 420, but this particular model is only available inside pre-built PCs). Let’s see how this factory-overclocked card from MSI fared in our tests.

The new GeForce GT 430 comes to replace the GeForce GT 220, which is a DirectX 10.1 part. It competes directly with the Radeon HD 5570, which is also DirectX 11. Since this is an entry-level video card, in our comparison we decided to include the performance of the integrated video available in the Core i3-530, which is an entry-level CPU.

The MSI N430GT MD1GD3/OC/LP comes overclocked, running at a core clock that is 12% higher than the default clock and a memory clock that is 22% higher than the default clock.

In the table below we compare the main specs of the video cards included in our review.

Video Card Core Clock Shader Clock Memory Clock (Real) Memory Clock (Effective) Memory Interface Memory Transfer Rate Memory Shaders DX Price
Core i3-530 733 MHz 733 MHz (system) (system) (system) (system) (system) 12 10
Radeon HD 5570 650 MHz 650 MHz 900 MHz 1.8 GHz 128-bit 28.8 GB/s 1 GB GDDR3 400 11 USD 70 – 85
GeForce GT 220 625 MHz 1.36 GHz 790 MHz 1.58 GHz 128-bit 25.28 GB/s 1 GB DDR2 48 10.1 USD 65 – 80
GeForce GT 430 700 MHz 1.4 GHz 900 MHz 1.8 GHz 128-bit 28.8 GB/s 1 GB DDR3 96 11 USD 65 – 85
MSI N430GT MD1GD3/OC/LP 785 MHz 1.57 GHz 1.1 GHz 2.2 GHz 128-bit 35.2 GB/s 1 GB DDR3 96 11 USD 80

Prices were researched at on the day we published this review.

You can compare the specs of these video cards with other video cards by taking a look at our AMD ATI Chips Comparison Table and NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table tutorials. 

Now let’s take a complete look at this model from MSI.


Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.