Surprise! Nvidia very quietly announced an affordable new graphics card late Tuesday for e-sports and HTPC enthusiasts, dubbed the GeForce GT 1030.
The new GeForce card notably lacks the “X” in GTX, going instead with the more mundane GT—a name we haven’t seen since the 700 series. That’s because the new GT 1030, while still using the Pascal architecture, is a low-power card purpose built to fight off the Radeon RX 550 introduced in April.
It’s about time that Nvidia and AMD returned to the low-end of the budget gaming spectrum after largely ignoring this segment for a years. As the RX 550 is to the RX 560, so the GT 1030 is (almost) to the GTX 1050. Instead of the 1050’s 640 CUDA cores, the GT 1030 has 384—a little more than half—the memory interface width is 64-bit on the GT 1030 instead of 128 on the 1050.