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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 1030 GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 255% 68%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 225% 54%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 214% 49%
FIFA 21 79% 15%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 214% 49%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 409% 141%
Watch Dogs Legion 243% 62%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 189% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 400% 136%
Genshin Impact 255% 68%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030.

The GeForce GT 1030 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 960, but the GTX 960 has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GT 1030. As a result, the GTX 960 exhibits a 35.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GT 1030. 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 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 960, but the GTX 960 has 16 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GT 1030. As a result, the GTX 960 exhibits a 17.7 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 a year more recently than the GTX 960, and so the GeForce GT 1030 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 960.

The GeForce GT 1030 and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 960 has 80.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GT 1030, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 960 is much better than the GeForce GT 1030.

The GeForce GT 1030 has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 1030 is 578 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1714. The GTX 960 having 1136 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 960 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GT 1030.

The GeForce GT 1030 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 960. This means that the GeForce GT 1030 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GT 1030 requires 30 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce GT 1030 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The GTX 960 requires 90 Watts more than the GeForce GT 1030 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 960 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

7 FPS

GeForce GT 1030 gets 2.7 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

2.7 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1252 MHzvs1177 MHz
Boost Clock1506 MHzvs1240 MHz
ArchitecturePascalMaxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date17 May 2017vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
8.8
vs green tick
10
1600x900
7
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
5.6
vs green tick
8.2
2560x1440
4.1
vs green tick
6
3840x2160
2.8
vs green tick
4.4

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs1024
Actual Shader Performance28%vs82%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs64
Texture Rate40.1 GTexel/svs75.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate20 GPixel/svs37.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)3840x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power30 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Wattsvs400 Watts & 29 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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Zotac.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1177MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1240MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Zotac's Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
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