In this article, you will find our GTX 1050 vs GT 1030 comparison to guide you as you choose the best graphics card for your gaming needs. Both are Nvidia’s 1000 series lower end graphics cards and they were released within a year of each other, so they are likely to have the same drivers optimization and support. Read on to find out if there is enough performance difference to warrant an upgrade.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
The Nvidia GTX 1050 is an entry-level desktop graphics card that was released by Nvidia in October 2016. It is based on the Pascal architecture using the GP107 chip also used in the GTX 1050Ti. It is manufactured in the 14 nm process. The GTX 1050 also exists in a mobile version with the same specs but clocked at lower speeds. The card supports DirectX 12_1 and OpenGL 4.5 APIs.
The GPU has 640 CUDA cores and runs at a core clock speed of 1290 MHz that can be boosted up to 1392 MHz. It features a maximum 4 GB GDDR5 memory using the 128-bit interface and has a maximum memory bandwidth of 112 GB/s. The memory clock speed is 7008 MHz. Nvidia recommends that the GTX 1050 be used with a 300 Watt PSU.
Here’s the highest rated GTX 1050 graphic cards
Nvidia GeForce GT 1030
The GeForce GT 1030 is an entry-level graphics card for desktops by Nvidia that was released in May 2017. It is based on the Pascal architecture and uses the GP108 chip manufactured in the 14 nm FinFET process technology.
It has 384 shader units and runs at a base core clock speed of 1228 MHz that can be boosted up to 1468 MHz. The GT 1030 features a maximum 2 GB GDDR5 memory using the 64-bit interface. The GT 1030 memory speed is clocked at 6008 MHz and has a maximum bandwidth of 48 GB/s. The GPU supports DirectX 12.0, 12_1 and OpenGL 4.6 APIs.
Here’s the highest rated GT 1030 graphic cards
GTX 1050 vs GT 1030 Benchmarks comparison
The older GTX 1050 performed much better than the GT 1030 in our GTX 1050 vs GT 1030 gaming and non-gaming benchmark comparisons. In the Passmark non-gaming benchmark, the GTX 1050 scored 111% better than the GT 1030. The 1050 also had better cryptocurrency mining hash rates.
The GTX 1050 also led in the gaming benchmarks by Technical City. In Fortnite at low 720p settings, the 1050 clocked 180-190 fps while the 1030 provided between 100-110 fps. In medium 1080p, the GTX dropped to 110 fps while the GT 1030 dropped to 55 fps. PUBG low 720p, the GTX provided 95 fps against the GT 1030’s 50 fps.
In medium 1080p the game run on the 1050 at 55 fps and 24 fps on the GT 1030. The GTX put out almost double the 1030’s fps in GTA V low 720 settings with 140 fps against 85 fps provided by the GT 1030. On average, the GTX 1050 performance was 120% higher than the GT 1030.
The GTX 1050 has higher memory, clock speed, shader units, and bandwidth than the GT 1030. Hence, the greater difference in performance. However, the GT 1030 can also run eSports games excellently in high settings and modern AAA titles at playable frame rates.
The GT 1030 has lower power consumption than the GTX 1050 (30 W vs 75 W) TDP which is a plus. Both graphics cards are great for mid-range gaming and whichever you choose you will be good to go. That’s all for our GTX 1050 vs GT 1030 comparison guide, let us know in the comments if you have any questions.