Thursday, April 5th 2018

NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 Shipping with DDR4 Instead of GDDR5

Low-end graphics cards usually don't attract much attention from the enthusiasts crowd. Nevertheless, not all computer users are avid gamers, and most average-joe users are perfectly happy with an entry-level graphics card, for example, a GeForce GT 1030. To refresh our memories a bit, NVIDIA launched the GeForce GT 1030 last year to compete against AMD's Radeon RX 550. It was recently discovered that several manufacturers have been shipping a lower-spec'd version of the GeForce GT 1030. According to NVIDIA's official specifications, the reference GeForce GT 1030 was shipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory running at 6008 MHz (GDDR5-effective) across a 64-bit wide memory bus which amassed to a memory bandwidth of 48 GB/s. However, some models from MSI, Gigabyte, and Palit come with DDR4 memory operating at 2100 MHz instead. If you do the math, that comes down to a memory bandwidth of 16.8 GB/s which certainly is a huge downgrade, on paper at least. The good news amid the bad is that the DDR4-based variants consume 10W less than the reference model.

Will this memory swap affect real-world performance? Probably. However, we won't know till what extent without proper testing. Unlike the GeForce MX150 fiasco, manufacturers were kind enough to let consumers know the difference between both models this time around. The lower-end DDR4 variant carries the "D4" denotation as part of the graphics card's model or consumers can find the denotation on the box. Beware, though, as not all manufacturers will give you the heads up. For example, Palit doesn't.
Source: Tom's Hardware
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59 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 Shipping with DDR4 Instead of GDDR5

#51
dj-electric
As he should. Price per frame ratio is halved
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#52
GhostRyder
Xzibit, post: 3863024, member: 105152"
GN just reviewed one



I think hes angry about it
Wow, I honestly thought this would not be much of a difference but that is significant even for such a low end card.
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#53
lynx29
first benchmarks are out for it... https://www.techspot.com/review/1658-geforce-gt-1030-abomination/

less than half performance of original gddr5 gt 1030, and it costs the same price... even at 720p resolutions btw... lolol.... how Nvidia gets away with this, oh wait thats right, 70% market share for several years running and no competition, they can mess up as many times as they won't and no one will blink an eye.
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#54
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
lynx29, post: 3868082, member: 153071"
first benchmarks are out for it... https://www.techspot.com/review/1658-geforce-gt-1030-abomination/

less than half performance of original gddr5 gt 1030, and it costs the same price... even at 720p resolutions btw... lolol.... how Nvidia gets away with this, oh wait thats right, 70% market share for several years running and no competition, they can mess up as many times as they won't and no one will blink an eye.
I wanna get this card just to compare it to my GDDR5 one I bought ages ago. :D
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#55
lynx29
qubit, post: 3868088, member: 46003"
I wanna get this card just to compare it to my GDDR5 one I bought ages ago. :D
Honestly I am surprised Nvidia doesn't get sued over stuff like this. How hard would it have been to name it the gt 1020... heh
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#56
Prima.Vera
Seing some reviews on the Internets, looks like anything bellow a 1050 Ti are pure garbage cards. Seriously, the integrated GPU on all modern CPUs are WAY BETTER than those shitty cards.
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#57
GoldenX
Prima.Vera, post: 3868443, member: 98685"
Seing some reviews on the Internets, looks like anything bellow a 1050 Ti are pure garbage cards. Seriously, the integrated GPU on all modern CPUs are WAY BETTER than those shitty cards.
The 2400G APU barely matches the GDDR5 1030 in the best cases, so you have the 2200G, all other APUs and all Intel CPUs under it.
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#58
Xzibit
Here is another review
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#59
lynx29
GoldenX, post: 3868492, member: 160319"
The 2400G APU barely matches the GDDR5 1030 in the best cases, so you have the 2200G, all other APUs and all Intel CPUs under it.
It's still not that bad if you have a freesync monitor and have a lot of games on backlog still to play... which 95% of us do.
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