Axle GT430 Classic
Posted by: editor on: 17.05.2011 04:08:15 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Cards used for comparison:
- Inno3D GTX580 OC – (nVidia Driver 262.99)
- Inno3D GTX460 OC 1GB – (nVidia Driver 260.99)
- Inno3D GT430 1GB – (nVidia Driver 260.99)
- Inno3D GTS450 iChill edition (pre-overclocked) (nVidia Driver 258.56)
- Inno3D GTX275 iChill edition (pre-overclocked) (nVidia Driver 258.69)
Whenever possible, benchmarks were ran at 1920x1080 (1080p – my monitors max resolution) and additionally at 1280 x 1024.
Also, all games were fully updated before benchmarking
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Settings used were a high as they would go, with 8x MSAA.
It is not a good start for the Axle3D GT 430 at 1280 x 1024. It definitely struggles at high settings. I imagine by turning it down to medium or low, the frames per second would be acceptable, however when compared to a card such as the GTS450 which is only marginally more expensive, it is a shame to see such a performance gap.
At 1080p, the Axle3D GT 430 is crippled. Granted this is a budget-end card, but it even appears to be performing worse than the Inno3D GT 430 I tested a few months ago.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
The second game in our benchmark suite is Batman: Arkham Asylum. As MSAA only works on nVidia cards with this benchmark, it was disabled during this benchmark run. Otherwise, all settings were set to max and the benchmark was run at 1920x1080 and 1280x1024.
Again, we can see that the GT 430 struggles at high settings. By turning them down, you will gain an acceptable framerate, however, again for not much more money, you could buy a GTS450 which will handle these high settings.
At 1080p, the Axle3D GT 430 really struggles. The average FPS is below that of the “playable” rate of 25fps, which ideally the minimum rate shouldn’t fall below.
Resident Evil 5
is in our benchmarks as it is a popular DX10 game, and includes its own benchmark – which helps to keep things consistent.
At 1280x1024, the GT 430 posts a playable average of 43.4 fps.
At 1080p, the Axle3D GT 430 posts a just about playable 29.1 FPS, whilst the Inno3D GT 430 posts more than 2FPS higher. This is disappointing for Axle3D – a name I wasn’t familiar with prior to this review. I would have hoped for this card to be better than the competition!
Metro 2033 is set in an underground subway in a post apocalyptic Moscow. It has some really cutting edge graphics, which bring real strain to even the latest and greatest graphics cards.
Even the GTX580OC struggles at 1080p, so we can’t really expect the GT 430 to do much here!
Again, the Axle3D is unable to provide playable framerates in Metro2033 – however this game is seen as the new “Crysis” in that barely anything can run it at max settings – not even my GTX580OC!
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