NVIDIA has announced an affordable new graphics card aimed at e-Sports gamers and compact HTPC systems, dubbed the GeForce GT 1030. The entry-level card is based on NVIDIA’s 14nm GP108 Pascal graphics processor.
Being an entry-level graphics card, the GeForce GT 1030 does not require an auxiliary power connector. It has a low TDP of just 30W, requiring a minimum 300W PSU. The card features a total of 384 CUDA cores and 2GB of vRAM using a 64-bit memory interface. Reference cards feature a boost clock of 1468 MHz while the memory is clocked at 3000 MHz.
Display outputs on the card include a DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and a dual-link DVI port. Multi-monitor setups are supported, while the maximum supported resolution is 7680 x 4320 at 60 Hz. The card supports a few technologies such as NVIDIA GPU Boost and the Vulkan API, but lacks support for higher-end features such as NVIDIA G-SYNC, Ansel, and GameStream that the more expensive Pascal cards offer.
NVIDIA has priced the GeForce GT 1030 at $80 (Rs.5150) in the US, which makes it quite competitive against its AMD rival, the Radeon RX 550. However, we do recommend shelling out a little bit more and getting the GeForce GTX 1050 instead. The GeForce GT 1030 makes more sense for users who don’t plan to do any gaming whatsoever and are simply looking for a modern graphics card for a new HTPC build.