Nvidia released the GeForce GT 520 last week without any fanfare or marketing. The GT 520 will be the new entry level product and may confuse buyers who also notice the previously released GT 430.
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.
Great article, I’ve been looking to get a 520 for small htpc build I’m doing. Nice site btw, loving the layout; keep up the good work!
Thanks! I appreciate the comment.
Was totally confused over choosing one of them and the specifications listed by you helped me big time. Thanks Team. Great work !!!
SO i am placing an order for GT 520… Right away
The GT 520 is well priced and preforms great even when running games like battlefield bad company 2 runs it on high with slight lag but still not to much that you wont be able to play it 😀 very happy with it so far
What resolution do you run BFBC2 at?
Any tips on whether getting the 520 or the 430 with 64-bit?
You mean 64 bit Windows? I am unaware of any differences at a hardware level. The driver and your DirectX installation are far more important.
I found a GT 430 with a 64-bit Memory Interface, yet it costs a bit more, so I was wondering if comparing will favor the 430 or the 520.
Oh, that’s what you meant. The memory interface, also referred to as the bus width, is very important. A 64 bit interface limits the overall available memory bandwidth of the card to half of what the 128 bit card can do.
Compare the memory bandwidth above in the chart up top and you see that the GT520 has up to double the bandwdth (depending on memory clock speeds). This does not mean double the overall performance, but it can be a big bottleneck.
I am not a heavy gamer, so these are good enough. I mostly want something to watch 720p, maybe sometimes 1080p. The only heaviest game I would play is Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. From your info, I’ll settle with a GT 430 128-bit. Thanks, this really helps.
I generally prefer to watch HD stuff & sometime do personal video editing. I don’t wanna put myself in any statistics. Please simply advise Whether GT 520 is better or GT 430 is.
I did- last 2 sentences.
Which one is better for Games ????
GT 430 hits more FPS compared to the GT 520, almost by double the frames on games than the GT 520.
Thanks for simplifying Megaman, I want this for an ancient zombie pc with only PCI. These two and the 8400 gs are the only good PCI graphics left on the market-unless you guys know of any.
gt520 is not much for gaming but the gt430 is way better
like megaman said higher FPS and it much better for gaming
Geforce GT 430:
Memory Bus: 64×2 (128 bit)
Vertex Operations: 16800 MVertices/sec
Geforce GT 520 –
Memory Bus: 32×2 (64 bit)
Vertex Operations: 0 MVertices/sec
Hmmm…. I wonder which on people should go with? Even though the GT 520 uses less energy, the card’s clock and shader speeds are the only elements that are superior. GT 430 wins across the board. FYI – All graphics cards are gaming and digital imaging card. You should be comparing these cards to the latest gaming requirements. Both cards have enough power to create an enjoyable gaming experience.
Finally, even though a card may have a higher price tag, that does not mean it is better or necessary. All the $1,000 graphics cards are still stuck in the 1 to 2 Gig of RAM spectrum. Technically, all these economical cards are just as powerful, even more in some cases, than those that cost more than $100.
You are right, the cards are capable of gaming, but they struggle with most of the latest games. But their main purpose is HTPC. My friend even played Crysis (First one) with the GT 430, just a bit overclocked. We all know that the latest cards brought to the market will eventually catch up/surpass the most powerful ones from back then. The latest HTPC cards are getting close to the 8800GT in performance.
is it ok to buy GT 430 with having PCI-E 2.0 x 16 to my mobo of PCI-E 1×16, does it fit?
YES PCI-E 2.0 is compatible in a 1.0 motherboard slot. The card’s performance will be limited to 1.0 speeds.
what is the better? for games
You get the most frames running under the GT 430, many benchmark sites agree. Keep in mind that you can’t just get the latest games out there, but you still will be able to handle many recent ones.
may run call of duty ops? and bf3?
You will be able to handle Black Ops fine, but not maxed. There is a chance you can go for maxed but it depends on your processor. Even on the lowest, you might struggle on BF3.
i will buy gt430 Is Gygabyte good?
Might be noisy, but should be fine other than that. It probably has 2 fans because they have over clocked it passed the Nvidia specifications.
If the card is for a HTPC, you may want something with 1 fan to make sure its quiet.
Cualquiera, solo que juegues tus juegos. Todavia no vas a mejorar mas con ese. Si quieres, por lo tanto, jugar a BF3 tendras que comprarte una GTS 450 o mejor. Pero MW3, si lo vas a poder jugar igual como te dije anteriormente.
Either way, you can go for either one, but you won’t get any dramatic increases over the other.
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I have the GT 430 and I am very pleased with it. Overclocked it at 825c/1650s/825m up from stock speeds of 700c/1400s/700m. I can play Dead Space 2, Burnout Paradise, Halo 2, and a bunch of other games maxed out (1440×900, 4x Antialiasing). I even play Crysis 2! but I can only play on lowest settings for Crysis 2 =( Oh well, even on low, Crysis 2 looks EPICCCC!!
Thanks for your article. Good to know that the GT 430 is superior for gaming than the GT 520.
How would the PCI versions of these cards compare?
Would they be too bottle necked by the old PCI interface to run?
Any PCI graphics cards still around today exist solely to output 2D Microsoft Windows to a display. I tried a PCI-Express 8400 GS in a simple living room HTPC and it couldn’t even handle high definition video files without stuttering.
Sorry, I’m confused. Did you mean a PCI 8400 GS. You said a PCI express 8400 GS.
No I have an Express. I was telling you that because it’s twice the speed of regular PCI, but still can’t perform as an HTPC box.
Thanks a lot. Again, sorry, I’m still pretty new at this kind of stuff.
As the post and comment, 430 is better.
now i am trying to buy a grphic card,
for gaming which card is better,
520 2GB or 430 1GB
Normally, for gaming you are better-off with the GT 430, but since that GT 430 has a 64-bit memory, you have to go with the one that has a higher clock.
i can say that 520 is better because it has a modern GPU Design and cost less power,,
I agree with your statement, solely if your intention is to make an HTPC for video playback(GT 520 is enough and plays videos at 1080p smoothly).
If you are talking about gaming, you might need the power of the GT 430, it still depends on the games you are playing/planning to play, though.
Great post, but I’ll stick with GT 430 because it’s twice faster and still doesn’t require additional power-pin…
I randomly came across this page and just wanted to mention how superior my lil GT520 is. (stock clock, 2GB)
BF3: 1360×768, medium preset, runs about 30fps on my system.
Crysis 2: 1360×768, low preset, runs about 25-30
NFS Shift: 1360×768, medium preset, but textures on high and AF 4x, about 30-40fps
Watch_dogs: 1280×728, lowest preset, 20-30fps. Stutters when you drive really fast and while near heaps of explosions, otherwise runs decently.
AssCreed IV: 1360×768, low preset, 30fps
Euro Truck Simulator 2: 1360×768, high preset, draw distance and mirror distance both set to custom values (higher than highest), AA 2x, AF 2x, about 40fps, goes down to 30 during rain