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Zotac GeForce GT 1030 Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Pascal Kilian), 06/18/2017

Tiny Pascal spin-off! With the launch of last year´s new Pascal generation, Nvidia stirred up the high-end segment of graphics cards and bit by bit added mid-range and now entry-level products. The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 by Zotac offers a low-profile PCB and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The question this review is about to answer: Is this GPU branded for use in a living-room PC or can it be actually suitable for gaming?

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The GeForce GT 1030 is supplied by Zotac. Due to the low-profile PCB, this graphics card can easily be built into even the smallest of cases. The tiny graphics chip is nicknamed GP108 and is manufactured with the A1-stepping process. Official data about the chip has not been published yet, hence it can only be speculated how many transistors can be found on the 14-nm-built die. The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 features 384 shaders, its 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM is connected via a 64-bit interface and it supports up to four PCIe Gen3 lanes.

The new Pascal-based entry level chip replaced the Nvidia GeForce GT 730. It is also available for notebooks as the GeForce MX 150. The support for modern video codecs (H.265, VP9 codec) makes the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 indeed an interesting upgrade for a domestic living-room PC. This is particularly attractive if the PC is not yet equipped with one of the rather expensive seventh-generation Intel Core-i7 chips, since the GeForce GT 1030 plays buttery smooth 4K YouTube content in the Edge browser.

As far as externals are concerned, the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 offers DVI-D and HDMI-2.0b ports able to output 4K content at 60 Hz. On the downside, there is no DisplayPort port. Older 4K displays that lack HDMI-2.0b may therefore be limited to only 30 Hz for 4K content.

Zotac GeForce GT 1030
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Specifications Zotac GT 1030 Zotac GTX 1050 Mini GTX 1050 Ti GTX 1060 6 GB GTX 1070 FE GTX 1080 FE
Chip GP108 GP107 GP107 GP106 GP104 GP104
Manufactured 14 nm 14 nm 14 nm 16 nm 16 nm 16 nm
Shader 384 640 768 1.280 1.920 2.560
Texture Units 32 40 48 80 120 160
GPU Base Clock 1.228 1.354 MHz 1.290 MHz 1.506 MHz 1.506 MHz 1.607 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1.468 1.455 MHz 1.392 MHz 1.848 MHz 1.683 MHz 1.733 MHz
Memory Bus 64 Bit 128 Bit 128 Bit 192 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit
Memory Bandwidth 48 GB/s 112 GB/s 112 GB/s 192 GB/s 256 GB/s 320 GB/s
Memory Size 2 GB 2 GB 4 GB 6 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Power (Watt) 30 W 75 W 75 W 120 W 150 W 180 W

Test System

Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 (not overclocked), 64 GB DDR4, 2400 MHz, MSI Gaming 9 ACK (MS-7882), Acer Predator XB321HK 4K screen, Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD (512 GB, System + Benchmarks) Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit.

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Clock Speeds

The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 has a base clock of 1228 MHz and turbos up to 1468 MHz on average. The 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM runs at 1500 MHz with a memory bandwidth of 46.1 GB/s. During the Furmark stress test, the GPU fluctuates between 1480 and 1540 MHz. For different temperatures, these values can vary. Despite the active cooling of the card it is still important to keep a well-ventilated air-flow in the case if you want the card clock at a constantly high level.

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Synthetic Benchmarks

The synthetic benchmark tests reveal a similar level of the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M. The AMD Radeon RX 500 is a direct competitor to the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 in terms of pricing but because of its 128-bit memory interface it might offer a better performance. Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to test it yet. The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 places itself well ahead of the Nvidia GeForce 940MX. The mobile-grade sibling of the desktop 1030 GT shows even better performance in some benchmark tests.

3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
3DMark 06
3DMark 05
3DMark 03
Performance Rating
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
99 pt ∼99%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
94.4 pt ∼94%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
90.8 pt ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
90 pt ∼90%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
58.8 pt ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
50.3 pt ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
47 pt ∼47%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
45 pt ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
33.9 pt ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Asus GL552VW-DK725T, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
33.3 pt ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
32.3 pt ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
MSI PX60 6QD, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
28.2 pt ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
27.2 pt ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
27 pt ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD, Intel Core i5-7200U
25.8 pt ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 , Intel Core i7-7700HQ
18 pt ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Asus Zenbook UX3410UQ-GV077T, Intel Core i7-7500U
12.1 pt ∼12%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
12984 Points ∼100% +262%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
12186 Points ∼94% +240%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
11954 Points ∼92% +233%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
11869 Points ∼91% +231%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
7696 Points ∼59% +115%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
6797 Points ∼52% +90%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
6219 Points ∼48% +73%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
5701 Points ∼44% +59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Asus GL552VW-DK725T, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4326 Points ∼33% +21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
4294 Points ∼33% +20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4239 Points ∼33% +18%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3673 Points ∼28% +2%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
MSI PX60 6QD, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3638 Points ∼28% +1%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
3585 Points ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD, Intel Core i5-7200U
3511 Points ∼27% -2%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 , Intel Core i7-7700HQ
2399 Points ∼18% -33%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
80879 Points ∼100% +265%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
72213 Points ∼89% +226%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
71472 Points ∼88% +222%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
66398 Points ∼82% +199%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
50939 Points ∼63% +130%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
40922 Points ∼51% +85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
37454 Points ∼46% +69%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
34892 Points ∼43% +57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
31349 Points ∼39% +41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
29742 Points ∼37% +34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Asus GL552VW-DK725T, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
29464 Points ∼36% +33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
MSI PX60 6QD, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
25900 Points ∼32% +17%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
22171 Points ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD, Intel Core i5-7200U
21659 Points ∼27% -2%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21594 Points ∼27% -3%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 , Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14360 Points ∼18% -35%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
17919 Points ∼100% +277%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
17738 Points ∼99% +273%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
17401 Points ∼97% +266%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC, Intel Core i7-4790K
16033 Points ∼89% +237%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
9694 Points ∼54% +104%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
8597 Points ∼48% +81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
8571 Points ∼48% +80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
8364 Points ∼47% +76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Asus GL552VW-DK725T, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5384 Points ∼30% +13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
5378 Points ∼30% +13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4938 Points ∼28% +4%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
4751 Points ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4685 Points ∼26% -1%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
MSI PX60 6QD, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4384 Points ∼24% -8%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD, Intel Core i5-7200U
4231 Points ∼24% -11%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 , Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3164 Points ∼18% -33%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Asus Zenbook UX3410UQ-GV077T, Intel Core i7-7500U
2171 Points ∼12% -54%

Gaming Benchmarks

When looking at the gaming performance of the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 in more detail it becomes apparent that it is able to display most games smoothly on medium settings. The small memory interface is what is bottle-necking the 1080p gaming experience, although there may be games out there that run just fine on Full HD resolution. If you are more into FIFA 17 then you can't go wrong with the Nvidia GeForce 1030, and if you do need some more horsepower for graphically demanding games every now and then, either the graphics settings or the resolution can be tuned down to produce playable frame-rates.

Performance Rating
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
99.6 pt ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
99.5 pt ∼100%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
92.1 pt ∼92%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
65.9 pt ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
62.4 pt ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
56.9 pt ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
51.5 pt ∼52%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
50.6 pt ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
MSI PX60 6QD, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
40.5 pt ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
36.9 pt ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Asus GL552VW-DK725T, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
36.4 pt ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
34.7 pt ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 , Intel Core i7-7700HQ
26.3 pt ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD, Intel Core i5-7200U
24.4 pt ∼24%
Prey - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:2TX SM AF:8x
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
111 (min: 90) fps ∼100% +257%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
82 (min: 66) fps ∼74% +164%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
71 (min: 58) fps ∼64% +128%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
52.2 (min: 42) fps ∼47% +68%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
31.1 (min: 25) fps ∼28%
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War III - 1920x1080 High / On (100 % Gameplay Resolution) AA:High
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
50.9 (min: 40) fps ∼100% +253%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
45.4 (min: 35) fps ∼89% +215%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
30 (min: 23) fps ∼59% +108%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
26.5 (min: 20) fps ∼52% +84%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
22.7 (min: 17) fps ∼45% +58%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
14.4 (min: 10) fps ∼28%
Mass Effect Andromeda - 1920x1080 High Preset (Resolution Scale Mode off) AA:T
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
61.9 (min: 54) fps ∼100% +376%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
57.8 (min: 50) fps ∼93% +345%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
34.8 (min: 30) fps ∼56% +168%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
29.3 (min: 13) fps ∼47% +125%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
24.3 (min: 20) fps ∼39% +87%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
13 (min: 10) fps ∼21%
Ghost Recon Wildlands - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:4x
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
64 (min: 53) fps ∼100% +242%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
58.7 (min: 49) fps ∼92% +214%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
34 (min: 25) fps ∼53% +82%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
18.7 (min: 15) fps ∼29%
For Honor - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:8x
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
107 (min: 86) fps ∼100% +236%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
97 (min: 80) fps ∼91% +205%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
68 (min: 54) fps ∼64% +114%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
53.2 (min: 42) fps ∼50% +67%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
50.6 (min: 41) fps ∼47% +59%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
31.8 (min: 25) fps ∼30%
Resident Evil 7 - 1920x1080 High / On AA:FXAA+T
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
129 (min: 101) fps ∼100% +274%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
114 (min: 90) fps ∼88% +230%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
70 (min: 56) fps ∼54% +103%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
59.3 (min: 49) fps ∼46% +72%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
56.5 (min: 44) fps ∼44% +64%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
34.5 (min: 28) fps ∼27%
Watch Dogs 2 - 1920x1080 High Preset
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
66.1 (min: 56) fps ∼100% +205%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
61.2 (min: 51) fps ∼93% +182%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
45.4 (min: 40) fps ∼69% +109%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
35.4 (min: 31) fps ∼54% +63%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
33.1 (min: 28) fps ∼50% +53%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
21.7 (min: 19) fps ∼33%
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare - 1920x1080 High / On AA:FX
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
36.3 (min: 27) fps ∼100%
Farming Simulator 17 - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:2xMS AF:2x
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
106 (min: 100) fps ∼100% +27%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
83.3 (min: 63) fps ∼79%
Titanfall 2 - 1920x1080 High / Enabled AA:TS AF:8x
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
110 (min: 93) fps ∼100% +213%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
62 (min: 51) fps ∼56% +76%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
52.9 (min: 44) fps ∼48% +50%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
35.2 fps ∼32%
Battlefield 1 - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
99 (min: 86) fps ∼100% +274%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
92 (min: 83) fps ∼93% +247%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
69 (min: 62) fps ∼70% +160%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
51 (min: 44) fps ∼52% +92%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
42.6 (min: 38) fps ∼43% +61%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
26.5 (min: 25) fps ∼27%
FIFA 17 - 1920x1080 High Preset
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
334 fps ∼100% +225%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
102.8 (min: 97) fps ∼31%
Deus Ex Mankind Divided - 1920x1080 High Preset AF:4x
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
63.9 (min: 51) fps ∼100% +251%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
57.6 (min: 47) fps ∼90% +216%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
33.6 (min: 28) fps ∼53% +85%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
32.7 (min: 27) fps ∼51% +80%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
30.3 (min: 11) fps ∼47% +66%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
18.2 (min: 15) fps ∼28%
Overwatch - 1920x1080 High (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:4x
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
197 fps ∼100% +261%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
190 fps ∼96% +249%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
114 (min: 94) fps ∼58% +109%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
108 (min: 89) fps ∼55% +98%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
94 (min: 77) fps ∼48% +72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
69.1 fps ∼35% +27%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
54.5 (min: 45) fps ∼28%
Doom - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
106 fps ∼100% +262%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
54 (min: 42) fps ∼51% +84%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
47 (min: 40) fps ∼44% +60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
33.6 fps ∼32% +15%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
29.3 (min: 21) fps ∼28%
The Division - 1920x1080 High Preset AF:8x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
75.1 fps ∼100% +536%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
39.2 (min: 15) fps ∼52% +232%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
36.5 (min: 18) fps ∼49% +209%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
11.8 fps ∼16%
Far Cry Primal - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
88 fps ∼100% +226%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
85 (min: 75) fps ∼97% +215%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
54 (min: 49) fps ∼61% +100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
51 (min: 46) fps ∼58% +89%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
43 (min: 39) fps ∼49% +59%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
27 (min: 24) fps ∼31%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
79.9 fps ∼100% +229%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
48.9 (min: 45) fps ∼61% +101%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
43.8 (min: 40) fps ∼55% +80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
40.6 (min: 36) fps ∼51% +67%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
36.6 (min: 33) fps ∼46% +51%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
24.3 (min: 22) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD, Intel Core i5-7200U
23.08 fps ∼29% -5%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 , Intel Core i7-7700HQ
17 fps ∼21% -30%
Rainbow Six Siege - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:4x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
154 fps ∼100% +233%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
95 (min: 63) fps ∼62% +106%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
82.4 (min: 52) fps ∼54% +78%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
79 (min: 57) fps ∼51% +71%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
MSI GL62-6QFi781H11, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
57.5 fps ∼37% +24%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
46.2 (min: 25) fps ∼30%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
81.4 fps ∼100% +286%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
78 (min: 68) fps ∼96% +270%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
49.4 (min: 41) fps ∼61% +134%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
43.7 (min: 36) fps ∼54% +107%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
38 fps ∼47% +80%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
37 fps ∼45% +75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Asus GL552VW-DK725T, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
21.3 fps ∼26% +1%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
21.1 (min: 17) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD, Intel Core i5-7200U
16.2 fps ∼20% -23%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 , Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14.6 fps ∼18% -31%
GTA V - 1920x1080 High/On (Advanced Graphics Off) AA:2xMSAA + FX AF:8x
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
106 fps ∼100% +172%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
64.3 fps ∼61% +65%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Intel Core i7-4790K
50.2 fps ∼47% +29%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
38.9 (min: 7) fps ∼37%
Sims 4 - 1920x1080 High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, Intel Core i7-6700K
164 fps ∼100% +49%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
110 (min: 57) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
95.3 fps ∼58% -13%
Battlefield 4 - 1366x768 High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
123.4 fps ∼100% +61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
81.8 fps ∼66% +7%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
76.8 (min: 71) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 , Intel Core i7-7700HQ
48.8 fps ∼40% -36%
BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 High Preset
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, Intel Core i7-4790K
257 (min: 30) fps ∼100% +152%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Intel Core i7-4790K
208 (min: 58) fps ∼81% +104%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
164 fps ∼64% +61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
Desktop-PC, Intel Core i7-3770K
122.2 fps ∼48% +20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Asus GL552VW-DK725T, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
119.8 fps ∼47% +18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
MSI PX60 6QD, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
104 fps ∼40% +2%
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4
101.8 (min: 44.4) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000 , Intel Core i7-7700HQ
68.3 fps ∼27% -33%
low med. high ultra4K
BioShock Infinite (2013) 218.9120.4101.837.2fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 160.9109.376.831.8fps
Sims 4 (2014) 188.515511072fps
GTA V (2015) 162.4144.438.919.411.9fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 68.741.521.111.8fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 143.689.946.236.210.8fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 72.94524.319.37.2fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 673027197fps
The Division (2016) 7847.511.88.36.8fps
Doom (2016) 8161.729.320.88.7fps
Overwatch (2016) 183.4119.254.533.816.5fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 50.136.118.211.74.6fps
FIFA 17 (2016) 250187.9102.897.334.7fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 104.864.326.524.67.8fps
Farming Simulator 17 (2016) 233.9174.383.356.517.8fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 114.68035.2307.9fps
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016) 73.76736.33214.4fps
Dishonored 2 (2016) 54.249.422.421.18.9fps
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) 55.447.321.714.86.2fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 118.357.734.58.98.4fps
For Honor (2017) 97.933.431.823.17.2fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 57.322.918.715.85.56fps
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017) 67.224.5138.910.2fps
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War III (2017) 49.922.114.411.7fps
Prey (2017) 109.335.131.128.910fps
Rocket League (2017) 186.274.351.3fps
Dirt 4 (2017) 144.158.937.418.9fps
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017) 732823.916fps
F1 2017 (2017) 11250393813fps
Ark Survival Evolved (2017) 64.114.210.9fps
FIFA 18 (2017) 241.2101.694.776.331.3fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 722918116fps
The Evil Within 2 (2017) 32.418.416.314.8fps
ELEX (2017) 55.728.62215.12.5fps
Destiny 2 (2017) 68.635.932.625.57.3fps
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017) 30.617.815.313fps
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017) 46221713fps

Computing Performance

The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 has only 384 shader units and is fairly on par with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M. Both chips are therefore rather restrained and do not present themselves as a good choice for professionals.

NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
Desktop PC Intel Xeon E5 2680v4 Zotac GT 1030, E5-2680 v4
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference, 4790K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB, 6700K
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB, 4790K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, 4790K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
MSI PX60 6QD, 6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 4790K
Performance Rating
27.8
97
249%
89.9
223%
88.7
219%
56.8
104%
45.5
64%
31.3
13%
49.9
79%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
245%
208%
200%
128%
58%
44%
99%
Room GPUs-only
528
1661
215%
1773
236%
1440
173%
1175
123%
782
48%
803
52%
1037
96%
Sala GPUs-only
924
3468
275%
2584
180%
3020
227%
2156
133%
1554
68%
1252
35%
1864
102%
ComputeMark v2.1
258%
233%
232%
100%
69%
5%
76%
1024x600 Normal, QJuliaRayTrace
1000
2746
175%
3322
232%
2475
148%
1931
93%
1180
18%
751
-25%
1572
57%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Scalar
787
2539
223%
2002
154%
2447
211%
1092
39%
1121
42%
749
-5%
968
23%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Vector
594
2162
264%
1994
236%
2172
266%
1277
115%
1224
106%
548
-8%
1100
85%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 2DTexArr
256
991
287%
963
276%
911
256%
596
133%
479
87%
321
25%
555
117%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 3DTex
261
1220
367%
985
277%
1039
298%
597
129%
536
105%
378
45%
554
112%
1024x600 Normal, Score
2898
9659
233%
9266
220%
9044
212%
5493
90%
4540
57%
2747
-5%
4749
64%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
251% / 254%
221% / 226%
217% / 223%
111% / 107%
64% / 66%
21% / 14%
85% / 82%

Stress Tests and Emissions

Continuous load does not pose any threat to the gaming experience with the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030. Both stress tests (Time Spy and Sky Diver) were passed without significant performance hiccups. The chip drains not more than 30 Watts, which is very low given its performance. During the Furmark benchmark test, the card reaches 72 °C. According to Zotac, the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 starts throttling at the temperature target of 83 °C, which means there is still enough room to maneuver. The 30 W power limit might be the most limiting factor of all, especially in terms of potentially overclocking your card. The slide control cannot be set to 120%. Clock speeds under load are very stable and vary between 1480 and 1540 MHz. The maximum clock could only be reached with the GPUZ render test where the card clocks up to its maximum of 1708 MHz. Directly afterwards, we re-ran the 3DMark 11 benchmark, which yielded identical results to the test without prior heavy load.

The graphics card´s performance is also dependent on the air-flow of the case. Inside of a small HTPC, throttling due to reaching the temperature target may occur in a short time. The small fan spins quietly and in auto-mode in a closed system it is basically inaudible. When the speed is manually adjusted to 100%, a faint noise can be heard coming from the case.

3DMark Sky Diver (Stress test)
3DMark Sky Diver (Stress test)
3DMark Time Spy (Stress test)
3DMark Time Spy (Stress test)

Energy Consumption

The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 does not require an additional power adapter. During 2D tasks it is satisfied with just 12 Watts. Under load, 30 Watts of usage can be measured. In relation to its performance this is exceptional. When reducing the power target from 100 to 85%, the power consumption decreases 4 Watts to 26 Watts.

Power usage on idle
Power usage on idle
Power usage under load
Power usage under load
Furmark as stress test
Furmark as stress test

Overclocking

3DMark 11 (overclocked)
3DMark 11 (overclocked)

It is possible to overclock the low-end GPU at hand. An additional 200 MHz for the chip and 600 MHz for the memory are possible. Thanks to the active cooling of our test product, there are fewer heat issues compared to the also available passively cooled solutions. A good air-flow is essential when you want to overclock. Despite the real performance increase, we could not see any significant improvements in our tests.

GPU-Z (overclocked render test)
GPU-Z (overclocked render test)
MSI Afterburner with overclocking clock speeds
MSI Afterburner with overclocking clock speeds

Verdict

Nvidia GeForce GT 1030: supplied by Zotac Germany
Nvidia GeForce GT 1030: supplied by Zotac Germany

Without any sort of mesmerizing show, Nvidia launched the GeForce GT 1030, which, as the smallest Pascal spin-off yet, is a cheap entry-level graphics card. It offers enough performance to accelerate an ordinary living-room PC. Features like the hardware integration of modern codecs make the expensive upgrade of seventh-generation Intel processors expendable. For only $70, you cannot really do anything wrong when purchasing this solid graphics card.

The Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 convinces with a solid performance and a very low energy consumption of not more than 30 Watts. Moreover, this small GPU comes with enough power to display selected games smoothly.

Nevertheless, we would not recommend this graphics card for gaming but rather for home entertainment, where it is an economical and potent performer. In the mobile segment, the first notebooks that employ the mobile version, the GeForce MX 150, have just arrived. It will probably clock just a tiny bit slower than its bigger desktop-grade sibling.

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Sebastian Bade, 2017-06-18 (Update: 2017-06-19)