Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters
Just Cause 2
None of these graphics cards can keep the frame rate at 25 fps. The average speed only goes above that mark with the Radeon HD 5670, though. The GeForce GT 240 is somewhat faster than the GeForce GT 430 at every resolution and Gigabyte’s factory overclocking can't save the day.
Lost Planet 2
The overall performance level is depressingly low, but the Gigabyte card is equal to the Radeon HD 5570 GDDR5 and even ahead in terms of bottom speed, despite the huge difference in their peak memory bandwidth.
Performance in RPGs
Fallout: New Vegas
The new Fallout has rather modest system requirements but the frame rate may bottom out below comfortable level on the GeForce GT 430 at 1920x1080. The Radeon HD 5570 GDDR5 offers a higher speed whereas the Radeon HD 5550 GDDR5 is limited to 1600x900.
Mass Effect 2
We enforced full-screen antialiasing using the method described in our special Mass Effect 2 review.
The Radeon HD 5670 is the only card to cope with the game at 1920x1080. The GeForce GT 430 cannot provide a playable bottom speed even at 1600x900 whereas both Radeon HD 5500 series products with GDDR5 memory can do that. Nvidia’s solutions fail this test, except for the rather good results of the outdated GeForce GT 240.