GeForce GT 1030: Best Budget Graphics Cards

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Nvidia Quietly Releases The GT 1030

If you are a bit short on cash but want to play the newer video games, there is a very affordable solution. Nvidia quietly released an entry level 10 series GPU, the GT 1030; and, after testing it out, was pleasantly surprised. While it might not be the best GPU available, the fact that it costs a mere  $70, has passive cooling options, requires only 30W of power and support the new Vulkan technology makes it the hands down favorite for the low-end market.

Who Needs the GT 1030?

While the card is not primarily aimed at the gaming community (note the GT and not GTX), it is ideally suited for the casual or broke gamer who might be looking for affordable options to upgrade an old office PC using integrated graphics. The GeForce GT 1030 2GB comes in a slim build configuration allowing you to upgrade a compact desktop. The massive size of gaming cards usually ends all thought of gaming upgrades not to mention the need to upgrade the power supply to those looking to upgrade a budget PC without shelling out money for a new case. None of this is needed with the GT 1030. Pop it in, update the drivers and load up Steam.

Performance: What Caxn You Expect From The GT 1030?

If you try out any of the game clients from ReactionGaming, you’re set. The GT 1030 can run Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 2 on max setting and get 150+ FPS. Actually, you can run every Call of Duty game with decent frame rates on low or medium setting. With an Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2400 / 3.1 GHz and 8GB of RAM, I can run the latest CoD at 60 FPS on low settings.

What about PUBG, a game notorious for poor performance with even top of the line gaming rigs? With settings on low, I averaged 61 FPS with a Max of 79. While not what pros would call acceptable, I am able to play and win. This FPS rate on PUBG was surprising considering that ini tweaks are no longer an option.

Doom, The Witcher 3, GTA V, and most current games can be player using the GT 1030. You might be stuck with the lowest settings for some but they will at the very least be playable. And, since it is a 10 series using all the up-to-date technology, you will be able to play Vulcan exclusive titles such as Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and obtain better performance from titles with Vulcan support.

It’s a nice GPU for the budget crowd. This is the best budget GPU in 2018. You won’t find anything better for under $100.

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