nVidia launched DX11 a full 6 months behind AMD's Radeon 5000 series and it's been playing catch-up ever since. Today we are looking at the GT430, the latest and lowest priced model in the new Fermi range. It will be nVidia's first Fermi fired into the huge sub-£100 market. Winning will be everything here, so just how many sales can nVidia hope to capture with the GT430? KitGuru investigates.
While nVidia's briefing notes say that GT430 will replace the GT220, it's street price of £65 to £70 puts it head-to-head with the 512MB Radeon HD5670 – a formidable budget card.
We had expected the GT430 to go head to head with the sub £50 HD5500 but this isn't the case.
Searching the net on a Sunday afternoon, we've even seen the 1GB version of the HD5670 on sale for around £80 inc vat, which is a fantastic price point to achieve. Rumour on the grapevine is that the 1GB HD5670 is set for a price drop soon, to around £70 inc vat.
Let's start with nVidia's target market. Hardcore gamers are not likely to buy this kind of card, so the DX11 GT430 is clearly aimed at the media audience who might also want to game at modest resolutions (720p) with realistic IQ settings.
Has the GT430 got enough horsepower and image quality to compete with the excellent AMD 5670 in the same price zone? Today we will find out.