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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 1030 Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 255% 265%
Hitman 3 362% 374%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 225% 233%
Resident Evil 8 255% 265%
FIFA 21 79% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 400% 413%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 214% 223%
Genshin Impact 255% 265%
The Medium 343% 355%
Far Cry 6 414% 427%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition.

The GeForce GT 1030 has a 477 MHz higher core clock speed but 16 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the HD 6850. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GeForce GT 1030 manages to provide 2.9 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 GeForce GT 1030 has a 477 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 6850, but the HD 6850 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GT 1030. As a result, the HD 6850 exhibits a 4.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GeForce GT 1030. 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 over three years more recently than the HD 6850, and so the GeForce GT 1030 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 6850 when running the latest games.

The GeForce GT 1030 has 1024 MB more video memory than the HD 6850, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the HD 6850 has superior memory performance.

The HD 6850 has 96 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GT 1030, which means that the memory performance of the HD 6850 is massively better than the GeForce GT 1030.

The GeForce GT 1030 has 384 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition has 960. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 1030 is 578 and the actual shader performance of the HD 6850 is 372. The GeForce GT 1030 having 206 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 6850 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GT 1030 transistor size technology is 24 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 6850. This means that the GeForce GT 1030 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 6850. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce GT 1030 should consume less power than the HD 6850.

The GeForce GT 1030 requires 30 Watts to run but there is no entry for the Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition. 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 HD 6850. The HD 6850 has been recommended a PSU with 200 Watts more than the GeForce GT 1030. The difference is significant enough that the HD 6850 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 GT 1030 gets 19 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

19 FPS

GeForce GT 1030 gets 7 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3


GeForce GT 1030 gets 2.7 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

2.7 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1252 MHzvs775 MHz
Boost Clock1506 MHzvs-
ArchitecturePascalTerascale 2 Barts Pro
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Poor
Release Date17 May 2017vs01 Oct 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs128GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs960
Actual Shader Performance28%vs18%
Texture Mapping Units32vs48
Texture Rate40.1 GTexel/svs37.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate20 GPixel/svs24.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)3840x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power30 Watts-
Recommended PSU300 Wattsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1680x1050

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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.Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition is a special edition of the Radeon HD 6850. See the page of the standard edition for more information about it.
There are no new features that affect Radeon HD 6850 Sapphire 1GB Edition's gaming performance directly and so its performance is exactly like the one the standard Radeon HD 6850 delivers.
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