The MSI GT 1030 is being offered for 1/10 the cost of the flagship GTX 1080 Ti. This card has a MSRP of $69.
- NVIDIA Pascal GP108
- 384 CUDA cores
- PCI Express x4
- NVIDIA GPU boost 3
- 1265 MHz, 1518 MHz boost
- 2048MB GDDR5
- 6000 MHz memory speed
- 64-bit memory
- 48 GB/s bandwidth
- HDMI 2.0b, DP 1.4, DVI
- 7680×4320 maximum resolution
- HDCP 2.2
- 30W TDP
- 159 x 69 x 19 mm
The MSI GT 1030 is low profile so it can be installed into small form factor chassis easily. Of course the card fits standard ATX chassis fine.
MSI overclocks their GT 1030 slightly above reference. Overclocking seems to be increasingly found even in the entry level video card. MSI uses solid capacitors so that this card will last a very long time.
Make no mistake, the MSI GT 1030 has excellently game-play capability. This is especially so compared to the older GT 710 and GT 730. The Pascal architecture is much more effective compared to the older Kepler architecture making this GT 1030 an excellent entry level gaming card.
The GT 1030 does all this and uses only 30W of power max. This makes the card much more energy efficient compared to Kepler and Maxwell cards. We suggest a 450W PSU simply as they are much more efficient at partial loads while having lots of headroom for expansion.
GAMES WE TRIED
The games we tried work well at 1024×768 resolution. They also work fine at 1280×1024. Generally older games will work best with the MSI GT 1030.
We have compiled a list of games that work on the GT 1030.
At idle you can expect a temperature of 28-35° C but once pushed to 100%, the temperatures will rise to ~70-80° C. The passive cooler eliminates noise complaints.
|CHASSIS||RaidMax Mid Tower Chassis|
|MB||Asus P8H61 LE/CSM|
|RAM||4096MB Kingston DDR3-1333|
|GPU||MSI GT 1030|
|KB/M||Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 & Wacom Bamboo Capture|
All of the benchmarks are available here.
We use video conversion tools as part of the creation of game video files. Using a CUDA enabled converter with H.264 can be as much as 2x faster. Using 2 threads is enough to raise the GPU usage to 90% as the encoder executes discrete cosine transforms in vast numbers. Most modern video tools now have options for both AMD and NVIDIA users.
A a games developer conference in early 2014, Microsoft announced DirectX 12 which will ship with the next Windows release. DX12 is a refinement intended to take better advantage of the multithreaded capability of DX11 cards.
The GT 1030 is well suited for DX 12 gaming with the Pascal architecture.
The MSI GT 1030 is a low cost solution for a media center PC if all you want is to revive an old rig.
Classic Xbox/PS2 period games will work find on the GT 1030.