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Some newer GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards are performing at half the speed of older models

Some newer GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards are performing at half the speed of older models (Image source: MSI)
Some newer GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards are performing at half the speed of older models (Image source: MSI)
We recommend double-checking the specifications to make sure you are getting exactly what you are buying. The GT 1030 DDR4 costs about the same as the superior GT 1030 GDDR5 while performing significantly slower in games. HTPC builders amd gamers ought to take caution.

As if Nvidia couldn't be any shadier, the chipmaker has recently begun shipping GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards with DDR4 VRAM instead of GDDR5. The GeForce GT 1030 was introduced last year as a GDDR5-only offering.

The distinction is important because the newer models with DDR4 VRAM are purportedly under-performing by significant margins compared to last year's GDDR5 models. According to benchmarks by TechSpot, the DDR4 version is returning only 28 FPS in Battlefield 1 compared to 61 FPS on the GDDR5 version when subjected to the same 1080p settings. This massive delta resonates across many other titles including Far Cry 5 and even Fortnite.

We should make ourselves clear that we're not upset with having multiple options of the GT 1030 available. Instead, we're upset at the lack of marketing from Nvidia that fails to overtly distinguish between the GT 1030 DDR4 and GT 1030 GDDR5 especially when their relative performances are so dissimilar. Even more disturbing is that the current price point of the GT 1030 DDR4 is about the same as the GT 1030 GDDR5. A search on NewEgg, for example, shows both models in the $90 to $100 USD range.

Nvidia took a similar approach for its last generation of Kepler GPUs where the GeForce 950M was available in DDR3 and GDDR5 variants.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-07- 9 (Update: 2018-07- 9)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.