Nvidia's GeForce GT 1030 DDR4 GPU Re-Release Offers Shameful Performance Downgrade

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Jul 4, 2018 2:37 PM

If you’re thinking about picking up a budget-priced GeForce GT 1030, you’d best take a long hard look at which version it is before splashing the cash. Back in April, Nvidia quietly unveiled a new range of GeForce GT 1030 GPUs that looked to be phasing out the current crop of GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards already on store shelves. The difference? The new GT 1030’s are equipped with much slower DDR4 memory rather than GDDR5.

At the time we wondered how drastically this could impact performance. On paper, the change meant total memory bandwidth shrinking to just 16GB/s from the 48GB/s offered by the standard GeForce GT 1030. Using actual system memory (RAM) rather than video memory was the big clue, and now GamersNexus have got their hands on one of the newer GeForce GT 1030 DDR4’s and compared how it stacks up to the older GDDR5 models.

The short answer is - not well. Terribly, in fact. During the benchmark tests performed by GamersNexus, the DDR4 version of the GeForce GT 1030 pulled in average frame rates that were less than half the GDDR5 model. In Rocket League, the GT 1030 DDR averaged 28fps in Rocket League on Medium/High, while the GDDR5 model achieved 63fps average. It’s not even close, the DDR4 version is an abomination of a graphics card.

Things don’t get any better in DOTA 2 either. The DDR4 model hits a laughable average FPS of 32 on 1080p/High, while the full-fat GDDR5 model averages 67 frames per second. In CSGO it’s a similar story. 55 frames per second average with a GeForce GT 1030 DDR4, a massive 122 frames per second with GDDR5. These results are an embarrassment for a graphics card that can currently cost anywhere from $90 - $120.

It just gets worse the deeper into the results we go though. Ashes of the Singularity? It doesn’t even boot on the DDR4 model. The game errors out and says no matching GPU detected, at least 2GB GDDR5 memory is required. Nvidia has taken a perfectly functional budget GPU and gimped it so badly that it can’t boot a game that a previous version of the same graphics card could.

What’s particularly egregious here is that Nvidia has slipped out the new range of graphics cards with the exact same product name despite the massively reduced performance. There is no warning given to the consumer. Anyone looking to buy a GeForce GT 1030 would read the reviews from two years ago and assume, naturally enough, that’s what they’d be getting. For Nvidia to cut costs like this and not make it clear to the consumer is an absolute sham, and outright misleading. It’s the sort of thing that should have any PC gamer, regardless of allegiance, have a long, hard think.

This is the same company that just a few months ago introduced the GeForce Partner Program, an initiative they claimed would help Nvidia customers better know which graphics card does what, and is the right one for them. I think this says it all: “GPP ensures our engineering and marketing efforts support brands consumers associate with GeForce. That transparency will give gamers the confidence needed to make their purchase, whichever products they choose.”

Nvidia has been doing great work at the enthusiast end of the market but this stunt it’s pulling with budget gamers really doesn’t wash. If you are looking to pick up a $100 GPU, pay extra close attention to ensure you don’t end up with a DDR4 model. Or, you know, maybe save yourself the bother and pick up a Radeon RX 550.

Anyway, you can read the full rundown of the benchmark results over on GamersNexus.

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01:45 Jul-08-2018

even the original was shameful lol, never get "budget" orientated GPU's kids

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13:43 Jul-08-2018

the GDDR5 version had an MSRP of 70$ and often went for lower, and it could play all AAA games at 1080p with good performance at low-max depending on the game and how demanding it is. Worst case scenario you had to drop the resolution to 900p or 720p, for that price it was great. On the other hand can't say the same for the rx 550 which had an MSRP of 85$ when the rx 460 could be found for the same at the time of release, even though the rx 550 was a bit better than the gt 1030 GDDR5...


That was a shameful GPU.

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17:57 Jul-08-2018

Imo, those gpu's should have an MSRP of under 50 euro. A used card of 70 dollar/euro has way more performance.

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18:59 Jul-08-2018

Yeah if you can get a used card for 50 euro... the best I can get for 50 euro in my country is a gt 730 or hd 7770...

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20:18 Jul-08-2018

I found for 50$ a EVGA 4gb GDDR5 GT 740 lol.

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20:35 Jul-08-2018

I found a "1050Ti"

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21:13 Jul-08-2018

Xquatrox you know that is not a 1050 Ti cause all of them has a DP and no VGA port and also good chance that is a GTX 460 or 560 instead/

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21:33 Jul-08-2018

@Xquatrox yes, ebay has 1060 3gb for 70+ euro. I wonder how legit that is. Anyway, if you buy one and get a different item, ebay will cover the costs.

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19:25 Jul-08-2018

eww gt 730 lol

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21:21 Jul-08-2018

Now now wait a minute what is the person was only playing CS GO and LoL which a GT 730 would be more than enough.

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22:32 Jul-08-2018

all Maxwell and Pascal and all Polaris GPUs don't have analog ports, to all wondering if a card is fake, if it has VGA, DVI-A or DVI-I it's fake, or for some reason S-video and such bs... They no longer have analog decoders.

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02:09 Jul-09-2018

Some of them have DVI, but not VGA

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12:13 Jul-09-2018

as I said DVI-A and DVI-I are the fake ones, DVI-D are the real ones.

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15:28 Jul-18-2018

I love my old pc with 730... its a gold.

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20:26 Jul-06-2018

As much as i love Nvidia if i was planning on building a super low budget PC i would rather go for the RX 550 since the performance is slightly better than the GT 1030 GDDR5 model.

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20:38 Jul-06-2018

but it does cost more.

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21:06 Jul-06-2018

Well paying more for better performance is actually a good thing cause it i was to play something like Fortnite and play on medium setting i would rather have 60 fps over 45 - 50 fps.

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23:49 Jul-06-2018

except that the gt 1030 can play Fortnite are medium and higher with 60fps+ at 1080p

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16:23 Jul-06-2018

Is there no law against such stuff? NVIDIA eat sh*t.

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23:00 Jul-06-2018

A law like that makes no sense...

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23:52 Jul-06-2018

online distributers are saying the difference and im sure the box will so no laws broken however the uneducated who heard the gt 1030 is a good budget gaming card (which it is dont get wrong) will be dissapointed cause they may just buy the cheapest gt 1030 not realizing its a dumbed down ddr4 version it pays to be educated sometimes same as when back in the days i had people tell me there 4gb gt 710 was better then my 2gb gtx 660 because the number was higher and it has more vram not realizing the reality of numbers dont mean everything in any form its cause they were uneducated about it its aimed to take advantage of for example some 40 year old named bill who heard pc gaming is good and wants to pc game more and heard the gt1030 is a good card to buy on a budget so he gets it not realizing the difference between the two versions so poor bill gets ripped off not realized it (example but makes my point perfectly)

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11:54 Jul-06-2018

I have been saying it for a long time. It seems that Nvidia wants to attract negative press even when they don't have to resort to shameful tactics like this one. The more I read, the more I make up my mind of giving my money to AMD for my next GPU no matter the performance differential.

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00:04 Jul-07-2018

sony is doing the same thing with ps4 i know this aint the topic for it but the something similar is happening with ps4 like fortnight for example some disclaimers im gonna say to try to avoid butthurt


i like pc gaming its my main platform
i like xbox one as secondary
i also dont like fortnight personally
i like nvidia and amd
i like intel and amd
i like to buy whos most consumer friendly and best bang for $
anyways moving on sony with ps4 is also doing anti consumer practices like with fornight for example they no doubt won this console generation with sales etc they did win it we have to accept that regardless however they are being super anti consumer with the epic games account that even if you unlink it you cant use it on any other platform when its not even there account to restrict because they are sitting on there high horse realizing they wont console generation whomever is on ps4 if one of there friends is gonna buy a console they just assume that theyre friend will get a ps4 meanwhile xbox one gamers and switch gamers are playing together on the same account having fun and carrying purcahases back and fourth they clearly dont learn becuse ps3 games they made there archetecture so unique thinking everyone was a blinded and would jump on there console and only make there games on that console because there sony and playstation was wrong it backfired but because they wont this generation they are getting arrogant again and nvidia is pulling same **** they are for most part ontop amd has some decent budget offerings but nvidia takes the win and until recently intel was kicking amds ass around so they didnt have to innovate and they could milk there customers and not innovate until amd caught them with there pants down


overall its company greed whoever is ontop thinks they can do whatever they want without people noticing or reprocussions it takes consumers to put them in there place with there wallets


im not saying boycott nvidia at all or intel but im saying is do whats best for the $ and whats best for you if your budget is $150 and you can get a amd card thats %15 better then nvidia card go with amd and visa versa dont be blinded by a company that doesnt know you and doesnt care do whats most consumer friendly and dont be blinded by a colour or a logo

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00:42 Jul-06-2018

What a damn shame, the GT 1030 is a great card for Medium|1080p @ 30 FPS, great performance for a great price ($80-$100 last I checked), if anyone is going for a budget build obviously stay away from this! In the article it states that Nvidia made no effort to let consumers know of the DDR4 versions, does that mean that information isn't displayed on the retail box itself?!

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01:38 Jul-06-2018

online retails seem to show ddr4 vs gddr5 the price difference isint much i can see how someone may overlook it https://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007708%20601301600

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01:53 Jul-06-2018

Yeah, you're right that's awful, I hope people read the specs before purchasing.

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22:14 Jul-05-2018

Why ??? WHYYYYY ????

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20:57 Jul-05-2018

Let's hope they don't start replacing 1070s/1080s with DDR4.

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01:39 Jul-06-2018

they wouldnt they just thought they could slide in and replace a budget gpu vram with something else and not get caught to save a few bucks they were wrong

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21:23 Jul-08-2018

Well DDR4 is still better than DDR3 :P

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14:52 Jul-05-2018

I was using GDDR5 model with no problem what so ever. Been playing L.A. Noire, Rome 2: Total war, MoBa games with a dependable framerates, wonder if i had this what could have happened lol

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00:20 Jul-05-2018

'It doesn’t even boot on the DDR4 model. The game errors out and says no matching GPU detected, at least 2GB GDDR5 memory is required' - hehe, LOL! Even my 5 year old laptop APU can boot into ashes using shared system memory. Shame nvidia.

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22:55 Jul-04-2018

They just wanted to get rid of the rest of their DDR4 memory thats been collecting dust

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19:47 Jul-05-2018

Wanted yes, but they should have done that when first time making GT 1030 DDR4 instead GDDR5. That move just now is a whole reversed situation and NONE, I mean none will buy that sh*t....

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20:52 Jul-04-2018

several month ago i sell my gpu (a gt630) to upgrade. with exprience i have from it ' i never ever again go for nvidia bcs their low parts were not worth it.

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21:00 Jul-04-2018

espeially in my country bcs when i buy a thing(doesn't matter what) i gona keep it for at least 5 years.

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21:02 Jul-04-2018

the bad thing is my country's money put my hands even more down.(it value keep fallin and gov can't do anything(bcs they don't want))
(Iran)

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21:35 Jul-04-2018

you could just buy a used gtx 750 ti for like 60-70 bucks online.

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21:57 Jul-04-2018

problem is iranian that lives in iran can't have paypal acounts bcs US's s#!t.we can't even use our creadit cards bcs same thing.

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22:02 Jul-04-2018

people in iran bcs this' they only choice is stores in iran (online or else)

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22:06 Jul-04-2018

i probably gona go for a rx560 msi (in the same price of 1050 and 560 is a beter in everyway(scound reasen is i have beter experience with amd) that sell at two

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22:12 Jul-04-2018

that sell at two time price of it 6 or 7 months ago.
my country has alot of problems (water'economy' and mmany more).

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20:43 Jul-04-2018

Thank God I bought regural GDDR5 version, it's good card for low profile sistem with OEM PSU.

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19:05 Jul-04-2018

Great Article Game-Debate!
Lets hope that people that want to buy a new budget card read this article and then after decides whether or not to buy this card.
I mean, its not a nice move from nvidia to downgrade the already "not that good" cards.
But, if you dont want to run all of the latest games, and willing to run at low or very low, and are willing to maybe reduce your resolution, then..

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19:05 Jul-04-2018

maybe you could still get this card...

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17:54 Jul-04-2018

I don't it matters that much though, nobody buys a *30 card for gaming, the only reason to buy one of these is for connecting multiple monitors to your pc.

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18:22 Jul-04-2018

I buy them and they run great on 720p, running any game I play, and other people do. So, it's definitely important they think about their lower-end consumers and that just was a bad move from them.

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09:24 Jul-08-2018

You are way better of spending that -80 euro on a used but actually good gpu instead, just get something like a gtx 950, it performs quite a bit better for about the same price sencond hand than this thing new.

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19:54 Jul-04-2018

People buy these kind of cards for not AAA gaming, but for MOBAs or CS like shooters. So it is actually important and matters "a lot", especially when you consider the shenanigans they do here like misleading.

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10:02 Jul-05-2018

My intel hd graphics can run csgo just fine. Tbh, the newest intel hd graphics have enough performance to play those low graphically demanding games

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21:08 Jul-04-2018

If you're limited to a certain budget, you buy the best you can afford, and make it work the best you can..... for some that might be a GT 1030..... and they might need that card to pull far more than just "display adapter" duties.

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10:05 Jul-05-2018

If your budget is very tight, just get used parts. Way more value for your money. A GT 1030 costs 80+ euro here. You can get a used GTX 760 or AMD R6950 for that price.

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21:16 Jul-04-2018

The point is, the card was once an ok value for budget gamers, being roughly the equivalent of a GTX 750, and for whatever reason Nvidia decided to piss in their corn flakes(so to speak)....arguably you could likely buy a used GTX 750 TI which is a more powerful card for around the same price, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the card was once an ok value, and now it's not.

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17:34 Jul-04-2018

Ngreedia strike again.....

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17:21 Jul-04-2018

Nvidia is the market leader in high-performance GPUs, and actually offers many products... But this behavior reinforces the image of a merchant company, which sees its customers as mere bags of money.

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16:50 Jul-04-2018

Nvidia should re-introduce GPP, only to make things clear for gamers within its own range of products this time though.

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23:02 Jul-04-2018

Agreed

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16:09 Jul-04-2018

These cards are seriously a waste of resources. They are expensive on the market and deliver wicked bad performance. It's way better to buy older more powerful cards and if you just need extra display outputs, then an old card would do it for very cheap for you.
There's seriously no point in getting these cards.

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15:51 Jul-04-2018

cersei walk of shame.

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SHAME!

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15:39 Jul-04-2018

Lol, this story reminds me when i had a gforce gt 730 2gb DDR3 when i was a newbie, i expected the card to perform just like the other variant of 1 gb vram GDDR5, because you know has twice vram xD, and i was very wrong, and seems like the shading buisiness of nvidia goes toward confusing people, and selling a GPU that its very weak even to handle 5 year old games.

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Lol looking at the benchmarks, this ting could be a rebrand of the old gt 730 2gb DDR3, maybe even worse xD.

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