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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 1030 GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI
Halo: Reach 7% 80%
Cyberpunk 2077 362% 14%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 108% 61%
Red Dead Redemption 2 236% 38%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 236% 38%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 362% 14%
Doom Eternal 189% 46%
Grand Theft Auto VI 414% 5%
FIFA 20 79% 67%
Need For Speed Heat 236% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030.

The GeForce GT 1030 has a 36 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 224 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GT 1030. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 271.2 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 36 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 112 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GT 1030. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 135.6 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 980, 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 980.

The GTX 980 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 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 416.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GT 1030, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GeForce GT 1030.

The GeForce GT 1030 has 384 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 1030 is 578 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 7282. The GTX 980 having 6704 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 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 980. This means that the GeForce GT 1030 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GT 1030 requires 30 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 340 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce GT 1030 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 310 Watts more than the GeForce GT 1030 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 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 MHzvs1216 MHz
Boost Clock1506 MHzvs1317 MHz
ArchitecturePascalMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date17 May 2017vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
8.8
green tick vs -
1600x900
7
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
5.6
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
4.1
vs green tick
10
3840x2160
2.8
vs green tick
8.1

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs4096
Actual Shader Performance28%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs256
Texture Rate40.1 GTexel/svs311.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs128
Pixel Rate20 GPixel/svs155.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)3840x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power30 Wattsvs340 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Wattsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

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 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition put together using NVIDIA's SLI Technology.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1216MHz and goes up to 1317MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
Each GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 330W and 360W.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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