SolidlyStated has done several head-to-head GeForce comparisons, but this time we’ll be keeping things simple. Neither of these are gaming cards, so we don’t need a spec battle or frame rate charts.
You might think that, because 520 is a larger number than 430, that the GT 520 is better. Well, check out the comparison below and you’ll see that it’s more of a toss up.
The number 5 and 4 represent the generation of the card. While the 500 series cards are newer, the GT 430 actually has twice the bandwidth of the GT 520, which may make it more useful for whatever purpose you had in mind. The newer series cards typically utilize new technology, smaller manufacturing methods, and lower power consumption.
They both support DX11 and 3D, have 1GB of DDR3, and run the same price. Here are the differences:
Geforce GT 520
Geforce GT 430
This choice isn’t one that you should sweat over. If you simply want an entry-level card, go with what’s newest- and that’s the Nvidia GT 520.
While everything else is may even out on paper, the 520 will use 40% less power, putting a little extra coin back in your pocket.