NVIDIA GP108 GPUNVIDIA in a fashion completely alien to its usual launches, decided to launch the newest member of the Pascal 10-series graphics cards – the NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030. The card will be going head to head with AMD’s Radeon RX 550 but given the lower pricing, it seems to be more in line with the R7 250 and the R7 250X. We’ve spotted a ZOTAC GT 1030 graphics card already listed on popular stores priced at Rs.5,955 and an ASUS GT 1030 card priced at Rs.6,820. Both of which are 2 GB GDDR5 variants.
Since this isn’t a GTX card, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 isn’t aimed at mainstream gamers but more towards those who’d need a graphics card to move it up a notch from having an IGP solution. The GT 1030 is reportedly based off the GP108 GPU which is completely new so you can forget about unlocking your GT 1030 into something greater. It houses really small die with 384 CUDA cores, 24 TMUs and 16 ROPs packed into 3 Streaming Multiprocessors. It starts off with a base clock of 1227 MHz and goes up to 1468 MHz under boost. Even the memory is clocked lower compared to the beefier members of the Pascal family. So with a low core clock and low memory clocks, you can expect this to be a really cool card. Cool enough to not even need a single 90 mm fan.
According to NVIDIA’s spec sheet, the GT 1030 does not support Simultaneous Multi-Projection, NVIDIA Ansel, NVIDIA SLI® Ready, NVIDIA G-SYNC™ nor is it VR Ready. The reference card does have a DisplayPort 1.4, an HDMI 2.0b and a Single Link DVI port so should you have the need to switch port types, then you’re covered. The GT 1030 is also rated for a power envelope of just 30 W which is way lower than the 75 W peak draw via PCIe. So you don’t need any extra power connectors. And it doesn’t seem like slapping on an extra fan would warrant the need for an extra ATX power connector either.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 Performance benchmarks
It doesn’t seem like NVIDIA will be sending out samples for the GT 1030 as these units sell without any need for marketing at all. So all the benchmark numbers that we’ve seen so far are sourced from forum posts, Reddit threads and YouTube videos. According to EVGA, a system built with a a GeForce GT 1030 coupled with an Intel Core i3-6100 CPU will score twice as much in 3D Mark 11 as compared to the integrated graphics found on Intel’s Core i5-6600 processor.
According to YouTuber RandomGaminginHD, Dota 2 at 1080p with all graphics settings chalked up to ‘High’ and Game Screen Render Quality set to 100% seems to clock an average FPS of 68. On the other hand, CSGO with all settings brought down to low on 1080p gets an average of 160 FPS. Overwatch running on 1080p with the ‘High’ preset also managed to score 68 FPS which makes the GT 1030 a pretty decent upgrade over the IGP.