Nvidia has finally launched (May 2017) a new graphics card for budget PC builds. The new Nvidia GT 1030 replaces the way old Nvidia GT 730.
The graphics card is a significant upgrade in comparison to the older card. Moreover, the Nvidia GT 1030 is an ideal companion for 720P gaming and even for playing some low requirement games at 1080P.
The New Nvidia GT 1030 will be available from different brands including Palit, MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, and Zotac. Notably, the MRP of the Nvidia GT 1030 is Rs 6200 while manufacturers may set a lower price in the range of Rs. 6000 to Rs. 6500.
Also, AMD recently launched the low-end AMD RX 550 graphics card which suits the need for the majority of Gamers.
Nvidia GT 1030 Specs and Details
The Nvidia GT 1030 is based on the Nvidia Pascal GPU architecture and comes with 384 Cuda Cores. In fact, the architecture is similar to the one used in the GTX 1050 and GTX 1060 graphics cards.
The graphics card runs at a boost clock speed of 1468, and there is very little room for overclocking the GPU. Though, manufacturers may add support for OC on the Nvidia GT 1030 with some custom cooling solutions.
Further, the GT 1030 comes with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM which is sufficient for 720p gaming whether you want to play Witcher 3, GTA 5 or Battlefield 1. Also, It will not have any issues playing favorite E-sport games like CS: GO and DOTA2.
Unlike the 128 Bit GTX 1050, the GT 1030 comes with a smaller 64 Bit Bus width and comes with a memory bandwidth of 48 GB/second.
The Memory Clock Speed on the GT 1030 is 3000 MHz. Additionally, the graphics card comes with support for Open GL 4.5 and also has support for multi-monitor.
On the software compatibility, the GT 1030 supports Windows 7 to Windows 10 and even supports Linux if you are not using Windows OS.
There is an HDMI 2.0 port and DVI port to connect your gaming PC to the monitor. You can simply buy an HDMI cable to connect the GPU to monitor.
HDMI and DVI Ports
Notably, the GPU is not very large and will fit in the mid-size cabinets easily. It measures 4.72 inches in height and 6.6 inches in width. Importantly, you will need to check if you have a PCI-E-3.0 port on your motherboard to run the graphics card.
Another crucial point, the GT 1030 requires a minimum 300 Watts PSU to run properly and it draws power from the PCI-E port itself. There is no need to connect a power connector to the graphics card.
This is an energy-efficient solution that I think is best to add to any PC, whether Gaming or not. It can be helpful to improve performance in Photoshop or other Adobe programs or even Coral for design and other similar requirements.
Palit GeForce GT 1030
Lastly, the GT 1030 has support for GPU Boost (overclocking), DX 12, and Vulkan API. However, it lacks support for VR, Nvidia Ansel and there is even no support for running two GT 1030 in SLI mode.
The maximum temperature the graphics card can sustain is 97 degrees Celsius and it draws 30 watts of power.
Comparison Specs and Price – Nvidia GT 1030 Vs Nvidia GTX 1050
|Graphics Card||GT 1030||GTX1050|
|Memory Bus Width||128 Bit||128 Bit|
|Memory Bandwidth||48 GB/s||112 GB/s|
|VRAM||2 GB||2 GB|
|TDP||30 Watts||75 Watts|
|Launch Price||Rs. 6000||Rs 10000|
|Dollar Price the US||$79||$120|
Some of the good performing GT 1030 cards are already available in the market. The Nvidia Zotac GeForce GT 1030 ZT-P10300A-10L Price Rs. 6500 and also Galax has launched the new GT 1030 2G LP OC Price Rs. 6,400.