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Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters

Aliens vs. Predator

The overclocked Axle GeForce GT 430 is as good as the Radeon HD 5570 GDDR2 but doesn’t reach a comfortable frame rate in this rather heavy 3D application.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Our overclocking improves the average frame rate of the GeForce GT 430 at 1600x900 but its bottom speed remains as low as 20 fps. The GeForce GT 240, on the contrary, easily delivers 24 frames per second you need to play with comfort. Clearly, the increased clock rates cannot make up for the difference in the number of TMUs and RBEs.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The overclocked frequencies help make the game playable at 1920x1080 on the GeForce GT 430. That's an achievement considering the modest performance of the card at its default clock rates.

Crysis Warhead

Entry-level products cannot be expected to perform well in such a heavy application as Crysis Warhead even though our overclocking increases the average frame rate of the Axle card by 17%.

Far Cry 2

We can see the benefits from overclocking clearly: the overclocked Axle GeForce GT 430 is as fast as the Radeon HD 5670 at 1600x900 and goes ahead in terms of the bottom frame rate at 1920x1080. Although there is almost no reserve of speed, the Full HD mode becomes playable!

Metro 2033

This game is tested with tessellation turned on.

Like Crysis Warhead, this game is designed for products from a higher class than the GeForce GT 430 or even GTS 450. Overclocking can't help here.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

We turn tessellation on in this game.

The results are not as depressing as in the previous test: the average frame rate of the overclocked Axle GeForce GT 430 is quite high but the bottom speed remains below comfortable.

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