Nvidia has finally introduced the last part in the Fermi puzzle and it appears that the GT 430 has failed to match AMD’s Redwood.
The GF 108-based GT430 fetures 96 stream processors, 16 texture units, 4 ROPs and a 128-bit memory bus with 1GB of DDR3 on top. It’s a small affair, a low profile card with a miniscule cooler and it’s reference design is quite a bit more compact than AMD’s Redwood.
However, the GT430 ends up somewhat slower than AMD’s HD5570/HD5670 boards based on Redwood PRO and XT chips respectively. This basically means that it can’t stand up to a year old design. It does appear to have one advantage over Redwood: it consumes 5W less power.
The GT 430 is currently shipping at prices starting at €61 in the European market which is about the same as an HD 5570.
We would gladly say that it’s a nice HTPC card, but frankly there’s no point in spending €60+ on an HTPC board when €25 cards such as the 8400GS and HD 4350 will do the job.