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NVIDIA GeForce Gt 1030 now available

The GeForce GT 1030 reference card. (Image: NVIDIA)
The GeForce GT 1030 reference card. (Image: NVIDIA)
The low-cost GPU seems positioned for eSports titles and multimedia-oriented PCs. The card is now available for purchase from several stores. Prices range from $70-80.

After weeks of speculation about NVIDIA’s rumored GeForce GT 1030, we now have confirmation of the low-end GPU as some vendors posted listings for the card earlier today. Listings popped up on Newegg today, and the entry-level card looks like it might offer some competition to AMD’s RX 550.

The GT 1030 is a low-end GPU solution. The specs are as follows:

  • 384 CUDA Cores
  • 64-bit memory bus
  • 48.06 GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM clocked at ~3000 MHz
  • Base clock: 1290 MHz
  • Boost clock: up to 1468 MHz
  • Support for resolutions up to 7680x4320 at 60 Hz

The reference card has a Dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.0b ports, but OEMs may change this to fit different needs. Also, DisplayPort is strangely absent on NVIDIA's own images of the card. While NVIDIA’s reference GT 1030 is a dual-slot card, many vendors (like EVGA and Zotac) are offering smaller single-slot models to fit low-profile machines.

The GT 1030 is not a powerhouse by any means. It lacks some of the typical GeForce features, like GameStream and G-Sync support, but the card is positioned to offer a low-cost graphical boost to lighter titles. Users building Home Theater PCs (HTPCs) or wanting a better display adapter should find some value in the GT 1030. The card may also be enticing to eSports enthusiasts, as titles like League of Legends and DOTA 2 don’t require a lot of resources to run smoothly but may struggle on integrated graphics. This puts it in direct competition with the RX 550, AMD’s answer to budget-oriented gamers. Be sure to check back with as we are sure to build one of the most comprehensive databases of benchmarks for the GT 1030.

Prices for the GT 1030 range from $70-80. The card is available from multiple online stores like Newegg and can be purchased directly from OEM partners like EVGA.

MSI's GT 1030. (Image: MSI on Newegg)
MSI's GT 1030. (Image: MSI on Newegg)
EVGA's GT 1030. (Image: EVGA on Newegg)
EVGA's GT 1030. (Image: EVGA on Newegg)


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Sam Medley, 2017-05-17 (Update: 2017-05-18)