The newest member of Nvidia family GT 1030 is out. With the launch of the 1000 series, Nvidia has managed to blur the line between Desktop and Notebook GPU’s. With a minor performance difference of up to 10%, it’s clear why the new 1000 series GPU’s have dropped the M in their names. With all this in mind, it’s clear that Nvidia has an advantage over AMD in terms of market share in the discrete GPU market, and this is especially true in the notebook market.
Systems with dedicated Radeon GPU’s are becoming increasingly rare as most manufacturers tend towards Nvidia solutions. It’s no surprise, that the current upper-mid-range GTX 1050 series and up cater to gamers with impressive results.
However, those looking for lower range graphic options have their choices down to last generations Maxwell 930MX and 940MX. While Intels HD graphics have come a long way, they’re no replacement for Nvidia’s entry GPUs either.
While Indie games and Netflix sessions don’t need much GPU power, Nvidia’s lower range of graphics handle them well and are always a safer choice. With that being said, it’s obvious that consumers would expect an entry level GPU from the 1000 series. Luckily for everyone Nvidia delivers GeForce GT 1030 in due time. Surprisingly, you won’t know much about the GT 1030 on the GeForce website.
From what we’ve gathered, the Nvidia GT 1030 is expected to include 512 unified shaders, a 128-bit bus, GDDR5 VRAM, and a 30 W TDP. The GT 1030 also said to have core clock speeds of 1,290MHz and boost clock speeds at 1,544MHz. The GDDR5 VRAM comes with 2GB of memory clocked at 6,000MHz. In comparison, older low-end Maxwell GPU’s come with a 64-bit bus, limiting bandwidth.
So the GT 1030 should represent a significant increase in graphics performance. If all of the above is true, the GT 1030 should be suitable for mainstream multimedia notebooks. While the GT 1030 isn’t meant for AAA games, it’s powerful enough to handle games at lower settings and lower resolutions. However, what the GeForce GT 1030 is really meant for is accelerating everyday productivity tasks.
Whether you’re in HD video editing or processing your Photography, the GT 1030 cards handles HD video editing and photo editing tasks twice as fast as the integrated graphics found in Intel’s 6th Generation Skylake Core i5 processors.
The GT 1030 is also expected to come with a variety of cooling solutions. Not so bad for a card that’s in the 100$ price range, right ?