Tuesday, May 16th 2017

NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 Specifications Revealed

Ahead of its launch on 17th May, specifications of NVIDIA's entry-level implementation of the "Pascal" GPU architecture, the GeForce GT 1030, were leaked to the web. This tiny GPU, with a TDP of just 35W, will power entry-level graphics cards of all shapes and sizes, including half-height (low profile) cards with passive cooling. NVIDIA could set the baseline price of the SKU as low as USD $59.99, given that in China, it is expected to start at RMB ¥450.

Based on the GP108 silicon, the GT 1030 will be endowed with 384 CUDA cores across three streaming multiprocessors holding 128 CUDA cores, each. In essence, the GP108 is half the chip the GP107 is, which powers the GTX 1050 Ti. With its three SM units, the GP108 features 24 TMUs, and 16 ROPs. It features a 64-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory. The host interface is narrow, too, with the chip featuring a PCI-Express 3.0 x8 bus (cards will fit in x16 slots). The chip will be clocked at 1227 MHz core, 1468 MHz GPU Boost, and 6.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, working out to a memory bandwidth of 48 GB/s. Below is a quick block diagram we made.
Specifications Summary:
  • GP108 "Pascal" silicon
  • 35W TDP, relies on PCIe slot power
  • 384 CUDA cores
  • 24 TMUs, 16 ROPs
  • 2 GB, 64-bit GDDR5 memory
  • 1227 MHz GPU clock, 1468 MHz GPU Boost
  • 6.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory, 48 GB/s bandwidth
  • Possible $59.99 baseline price
Source: VideoCardz
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15 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 Specifications Revealed

#1
64K
Much better price than I expected. I figured it would be around $80 like the RX 550.
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#2
Camm
64K, post: 3658098, member: 148270"
Much better price than I expected. I figured it would be around $80 like the RX 550.
The RX550 looks to have larger legs than the 1030 though. I would assume a 1040 will be imminent to fill the 550 gap.
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#3
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
That block diagram does look tiny and I look forward to buying one of these cards.

Will be nice to compare the performance with my stock overclocked GTX 1080 (It'll get hammered lol) and to some of my older cards from around a decade ago as it's more mid to highish range compared to them. I'll only be able to test in DX9 or DX10 for a direct comparison with them, of course.
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#4
techy1
I bet that there will be custom "OC" or "Extreme" versions for "special" people with double 6-pin connectors, 4GB gddr3 and RGB's - that all for price of average gtx 1060 3GB... and those "special" people will chose this "OC" gtx 1030 4GB- because it has more VRAM and powerphases for OC and there fore is more futureproof...
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#5
Supercrit
Can anyone explain that why most of the time, the 1000 series cards follow a weird trend that the bigger the chip, the higher the clock? Shouldn't smaller chips have easier time to reach high?
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#6
meirb111
Camm, post: 3658100, member: 110377"
The RX550 looks to have larger legs than the 1030 though. I would assume a 1040 will be imminent to fill the 550 gap.
zero chance for that to happen
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#7
Prima.Vera
Are those faster than any iGP found on the CPUs??
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#8
evernessince
qubit, post: 3658114, member: 46003"
That block diagram does look tiny and I look forward to buying one of these cards.

Will be nice to compare the performance with my stock overclocked GTX 1080 (It'll get hammered lol) and to some of my older cards from around a decade ago as it's more mid to highish range compared to them. I'll only be able to test in DX9 or DX10 for a direct comparison with them, of course.
You don't need to buy the card to figure that out. It has half the cores of the GTX 1050 Ti, half the memory, and a lower clockspeed.

The 1050 Ti can't do AAA games at ultra so the 1030 can't do them in any capacity except for very low quality or low resolution. The exception being eSports games but not at high FPS. The RX 550 isn't as cut down from the 560 and it is undoubtedly going to be a faster card. I would still go with an RX 550 for eSports simply because it's going to get more FPS. That or for $10 more the RX 560.
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#9
Chloe Price
Prima.Vera, post: 3658123, member: 98685"
Are those faster than any iGP found on the GPUs??
You mean CPUs? ;)

At least this has everything what Pascal has, but with a low price and a low power consumption. I'd get this for my HTPC, but I want some gaming horsepower in that, so this is not an option because of that.
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#10
P4-630
Nice cheap card for some casual gaming at low resolution.
Good upgrade for my nephew's GT620.
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#11
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
evernessince, post: 3658144, member: 165920"
You don't need to buy the card to figure that out. It has half the cores of the GTX 1050 Ti, half the memory, and a lower clockspeed.

The 1050 Ti can't do AAA games at ultra so the 1030 can't do them in any capacity except for very low quality or low resolution. The exception being eSports games but not at high FPS. The RX 550 isn't as cut down from the 560 and it is undoubtedly going to be a faster card. I would still go with an RX 550 for eSports simply because it's going to get more FPS. That or for $10 more the RX 560.
I know I don't have to buy it, it's just nice to play around with it. These low end cards also have another use for older systems without an IGP where they're good for troubleshooting.
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#12
zelnep
Prima.Vera, post: 3658123, member: 98685"
Are those faster than any iGP found on the GPUs??
YES:
http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-750-vs-Intel-HD-530-Desktop-Skylake/3162vsm33102
(if we assume that this gtx 1030 will be as powerfull as good old gtx 750).
BUT I still would not throw out 60$, because if one needs graphics adapter - then there is that iGPU or 20$ gpu's (and used ones even cheaper), but if one wants a graphics adapter and also to run some light games - for gods sake - get some 20$-30$ extra for 80%-100% performance jump, but if one uses "I do not have 30$ extra" - then he/she should look for job and/or evaluate his life choices so far or something and NOT thinking about PC building in near future
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#13
jabbadap
evernessince, post: 3658144, member: 165920"
You don't need to buy the card to figure that out. It has half the cores of the GTX 1050 Ti, half the memory, and a lower clockspeed.

The 1050 Ti can't do AAA games at ultra so the 1030 can't do them in any capacity except for very low quality or low resolution. The exception being eSports games but not at high FPS. The RX 550 isn't as cut down from the 560 and it is undoubtedly going to be a faster card. I would still go with an RX 550 for eSports simply because it's going to get more FPS. That or for $10 more the RX 560.
RX 550 is slower than gtx750ti, so I'm kind of sure RX 550 and gt1030 are quite similar in performance. FP32 Tflops are similar between the two, and nvidia have been on edge in perf/Tflops department(Polaris vs Pascal). RX 550 higher memory bandwidth will even the odds a bit, but will it be enough?
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#15
alucasa
Prima.Vera, post: 3658123, member: 98685"
Are those faster than any iGP found on the CPUs??
Given that most Intel iGPU has TDP of around 5w, yeah. The only exceptions would be maybe Iris 640/650 but costs about twice more although Iris does have the benefit of coming glued with CPU, therefore reducing real estate.
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