Nvidia launches GT 430 for $80

Nvidia is to launch its latest graphics card, the GeForce GT 430, today, with 21 partners and an estimated price of $79 making it one of the cheapest DirectX11 cards available on the market.

Nvidia claims the GT 430 will have a performance increase of 1.5 times the GT 220 and will have twice the geometry and shader power. It will also features between 27 percent and 50 percent faster gameplay on the latest games, with framerates ranging from 30 to 60 fps.

It has a length of 5.7 inches and will come with 96 CUDA cores, a graphics clock of 700MHz, a memory clock of 900MHz, and a processor clock of 1,400MHz.

It comes with 1GB of 128-bit DDR3 memory, with no plans for other models with less memory. Nvidia revealed it would be focusing on the 1GB or higher memory market for its upcoming cards.

It will have a thermal design power of 49W and will have a single or dual-slot fansink to keep things cool. Nvidia was asked why the card features fans if passive cooling could do the job and it said that this was a decision made by Nvidia’s partners.

The GT 430 will not support SLI, so for anyone considering buying two or three of these for a cheap SLI alternative to one of the higher-end cards, that won’t be an option.

It will also support two monitors, a standard for Nvidia’s recently released cards. It will support outputs in DL-DVI, HDMI, and VGA. It will also support full 3D and DX11.

Nvidia was reluctant to comment on price, but finally buckled and revealed that the reference card will be in the $79 range, but Nvidia’s partners may make it slightly lower or higher than that, depending on additional features.