MSI GeForce GT 1030: A $70 Passively-Cooled Graphics Card, Decent With OpenGL/Vulkan/OpenCL/VDPAU

Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 25 May 2017 at 09:23 PM EDT. Page 10 of 10. 28 Comments.
GeForce GT 1030 Linux Testing

More VDPAU numbers in this result file.

GeForce GT 1030 Linux Testing

The GT 1030 is also a step-up over previous-generation NVIDIA GPUs in its 1080p H.264 decoding performance.

GeForce GT 1030 Linux Testing

The passively-cooled MSI GeForce GT 1030 during the VDPAU video decode benchmarks saw an average temp of 46C and a peak of 55C.

GeForce GT 1030 Linux Testing

And the AC system power consumption during these VDPAU benchmarks with the GT 1030 was an average power draw of just 34 Watts with a peak of 72 Watts. This card could make for a nice HTPC system.

The GeForce GT 1030 was an okay performer when it comes to gaming, but don't really expect too much for modern gaming when buying a sub-$100 graphics card. The GeForce GT 1030 was able to run a number of Linux games at around 60 FPS when using a 1080p resolution, but at times the Radeon RX 550/560 was faster. If spending a bit more money, the GeForce GTX 1050/1060 are much more competent alternatives for gaming.

The GeForce GT 1030 was working out fine with OpenCL compute and as the Darktable results show this $70 GPU can out-perform the Core i7 7700K in some operations. Where the GT 1030 also did well was the VDPAU video decode performance with being a noticeable upgrade over Kepler/Maxwell and the passively-cooled card didn't get too hot while being very power efficient.

If you are looking for a low-profile graphics card that is passively-cooled, the MSI GeForce GT 1030 can be found for about $73 USD. GT 1030 graphics cards can be found from the likes of (where I bought this graphics card last week) as well as

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