Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 review: green entry-level card

Nvidia's answer to the RX550

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The GP108-GPU

The GPU of the GT 1030 is a small one with a surface of only 70 mm². In it there are 384 cores with 24 texture units and 16 render output units. The TDP is 30 watt and while the card has a physical PCI-Express x16-connector, it operates at x4-speed. The base clock is set to 1227 MHz and it has a turbo of 1458 MHz. Compared with the GT 730 the amount of cores remained the same, while the memroy bus, texture units and ROPs have been changed. With Pascal the smaller memory bus can easily be caught by the better memory compression, especially when compared with the Kepler architecture. On the other hand, the texture units and ROPs have been increased compared with the GT 730. While the die-size decreased with more than ten percent, the amount of transistors has been increased with more than 75 percent. This is not that strange considering the production procedure; Kepler used 28 nanometer while the smaller Pascal chips are made using 14 nanometer. The Polaris 12-GPU of the RX 550 is slightly bigger with 101 mm², and contains 22 percent more transistors in comparison with the GT 1030. 

  GK208 GP108 Polaris 12
Cores 384 384 512
Texture units 16 24 32
Memory bus 128-bit 64-bit 128-bit
ROPs 8 16 16
TDP 25W 30W 50W
Transistors 1020 mln 1800 mln 2200 mln
Die size 79 mm² 70 mm² 101 mm²
Production procedure 28 nm 14 nm 14 nm

Furthermore the GT 1030 supplies the right ingredients for a good HTPC-card: HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4 and a TDP of 30 watt. Especially HDMI 2.0 will be useful for use in conjunction with a lot of modern televisions that have a high resolution. Of course DisplayPort 1.4 a higher resolution and refresh rate is possible in comparison with HDMI 2.0, but in practice the latter seems to be the standard for televisions at the moment. The limited TDP is useful for a HTPC-card because these type of cards are often used in a small computer case and at the same time have to produce as little noise as possible. 

Nvidia GeForce GT 1030


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Nvidia GeForce GT 1030

GP108, 384 cores, 1227 MHz, 2048 MB, 64 bit, DirectX 12 fl 12_1, PCI-Express 3.0 x16

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