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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 1030 GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 255% 33%
Hitman 3 362% 13%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 225% 39%
Resident Evil 8 255% 33%
FIFA 21 79% 66%
Grand Theft Auto VI 400% 6%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 214% 41%
Genshin Impact 255% 33%
The Medium 343% 16%
Far Cry 6 414% 3%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030.

The GTX 1080 has a 456 MHz higher core clock speed and 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GT 1030. This results in the GTX 1080 providing 233.2 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 1080 has a 456 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GT 1030. This results in the GTX 1080 providing 89.3 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GT 1030 was released less than a year after the GTX 1080, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 1080 has 6144 MB more video memory than the GeForce GT 1030, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 1080 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 1080 has 291.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GT 1030, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1080 is massively better than the GeForce GT 1030.

The GeForce GT 1030 has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 1030 is 578 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 1080 is 6383. The GTX 1080 having 5805 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1080 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GT 1030.

The GeForce GT 1030 requires 30 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce GT 1030 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 1080. The GTX 1080 requires 150 Watts more than the GeForce GT 1030 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 1080 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GT 1030.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GT 1030 gets 10 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

10 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 69.9 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

69.9 FPS

GeForce GT 1030 gets 19 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

19 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 107.2 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

107.2 FPS

GeForce GT 1030 gets 7 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 48.2 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

48.2 FPS

GeForce GT 1030 gets 2.7 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

2.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 23.3 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

23.3 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1252 MHzvs1708 MHz
Boost Clock1506 MHzvs1847 MHz
ArchitecturePascalPascal P104-400-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date17 May 2017vs27 May 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
8.8
vs green tick
10
1600x900
7
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
5.6
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
4.1
vs green tick
9.7
3840x2160
2.8
vs green tick
7.7

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1263 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5X
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs323.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs2560
Actual Shader Performance28%vs100%
Technology16nmvs16nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs160
Texture Rate40.1 GTexel/svs273.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs64
Pixel Rate20 GPixel/svs109.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)3840x2160vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power30 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Wattsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview GeForce GT 1030 2GB is a low-end 1000 series Nvidia graphics card based on the first revision of the Pascal architecture. Architecture The first variant of the Pascal architecture succeeds the Maxwell architecture. Manufactured with a 16nm technology, it has a large L2 Cache, which allows NVIDIA to produce graphics cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient. GPU The GT 1030 equips a GPU codenamed GP108 and offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 64-bit memory interface. The central unit runs at 1252MHz and goes up to 1506MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1250MHz. Features DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies. Power Consumption With a rated board TDP of 30W, it requires at least a 300W PSU and relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power. Release Price The GeForce GT 1030 is a low end graphics card that focuses on games requiring minimum graphics performance. Consequently the GT 1030 will come with a budget price tag and will be available from as little as $79.99.Overview
GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 1080, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1607MHz to 1708MHz, whereas the Boost Clock can now achieve 1847MHz, instead of 1733MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 1250MHZ to 1263MHz.

Frame Buffer
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Cooling Solution
Just like in games, the exclusive MSI TORX 2.0 Fan technology uses the power of teamwork to allow the TWIN FROZR VI to achieve new levels of cool. TORX 2.0 Fan design generates 22% more air pressure for supremely silent performance in the heat of battle.

Performance
At 1920x1080, Benchmarks Indicate a 5% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 1080. This goes up to 7% at 3840x2160.
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