Nvidia has quietly launched its latest consumer GPU, the GeForce GT 1030. Manufacturers are setting MRPs at Rs. 5,999 and street prices are expected to be as low as Rs. 5,600. These cards will compete with AMD’s recently launched Radeon RX 550 cards.
Nvidia GeForce GT 1030
The GeForce GT 1030 GPU is based on the same Pascal architecture as its higher 10-series variants. It has only 384 processing units (aka CUDA cores) and will run at 1,468MHz. These cards will come with 2GB of GDDR5 RAM on a 64-bit bus for a total memory bandwidth of 48GBps.
The Maximum rated power draw is 30W, which is well below the 75W PCIe slot limit, which means no need for extra power connectors. They will be available in compact, single-slot, and low-profile form factors. Both active and passive cooling solutions are possible, making such cards suitable for small, quiet PCs. Most models will be available with single DVI port and one HDMI 2.0b port.
The GT in the name, rather than the GTX, suggest that this GPU is not for serious gamers. There is no support for VR or Nvidia’s G-Sync, Ansel, or GameStream features.
This card is sutable for users who are looking to upgrade from the onboard graphics without upgrading the power supply. Nvidia is positioning this GPU as more suitable for photo and light video editing than gaming, though it should give low-impact games at 1920×1080 or lower resolutions a boost as well.
At the time of launch, Zotac and MSI both have one model each in the Indian market. The Zotac GeForce GT 1030 ZT-P10300A-10L is priced at Rs. 5,995 while the MSI GeForce GT 1030 2G LP OC is priced at Rs. 5,999.
AMD Radeon RX 550
The RX 550 targets users those who want to upgrade from integrated graphics. It will come with 2GB of DDR5 RAM on a 128-bit bus and the Clock speed is set at 1183MHz. The RX 550 cards can draw power from the motherboard alone, without the need for a dedicated connection from the power supply. Price will be starting at $79 (approx. Rs. 5,100), AMD calls this “the doorway to PC gaming”.
All GPUs will come with support for HEVC H.265 4K video decoding, Freesync technology and Radeon Chill – to regulate power consumption depending on need. The Radeon RX 580 and 570 should be available immediately from Sapphire, Asus, PowerColor, Gigabyte and MSI. The Radeon RX 550 cards are set to become available globally on April 20, while Radeon RX 560 cards will follow in early May. There is no official word on whether Radeon RX 400 series prices will be adjusted downwards or whether these models will disappear from the market.