Gt 1030 or gtx 1050?

I'm definitely not the same gamer I used to be, I work a lot and don't have much time for it anymore. The thing is I've just won a £200 voucher for pc world and I see a GTX 1050 for about £140 and then a GTX 1030 for £72.

In terms of game play could the 1030 run newer games in medium settings or above?

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  • 8 months ago
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    In the Nvidia graphics cards, anything UNDER the x50 cards are considered "bare bones" & not recommended for gaming. Most sub-x50 graphics cards are typically integrated into mid & low-end laptops.

    While the GTX 1050 is fairly basic graphics card. Compared to previous generation, it would have an effective equivalence of a GTX 960. For the current top 100 PC games, it'll be able to cover the minimum recommendations for nearly all of them (98% minimum) & hits recommended specs on 75% of them.

    Ideally, I would recommend going with a GTX 1060 if you can afford it. Otherwise, the GTX 1050 would be an acceptable option.

    • liam8 months agoReport

      I got a 1060 instead 😆 was on offer.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    When you buy a Video Card, you match it with whatever screen resolution and framerate you want for your gameplay. 60fps is typically considered the target because there will be no lagging, input lag, reduced or no stuttering.

    The GT 1030 can play the newest games at 1280x720 or 720p. It can play most games at 1600x900, and a few of the newest games will run at 1920x1080 low settings.

    The GTX 1050 can play the newest games at 1920x1080 low to medium settings.

    GTX 1060 is rather vague because there are 2 different version of the card. Nvidia had no business ever releasing the 3gb model since it has 11% of the shaders/processors cut which makes it 11% slower than the 6gb version. In all reality, the 6gb version should have been called the GTX 1060ti. The 3gb version is what you probably picked and it's good for 1920x1080 medium to ultra settings, and it can play a few of the newest games at 2560x1440 medium to low settings. The card will be handicapped in some games by it's limited amount of VRAM.

    For 200 sterling, the GTX 1660 or an RX 580 probably would have been a smarter pick, in which case it costs 200 to 220 sterling depending on the model.

    The other problem here is you really need a 450w power supply for anything above at of above the GTX 1060 or GTX 1660 as these cards consume about 120w. The GTX 1050, GTX 1050ti, or the forthcoming GTX 1650 will work well with a 300w power supply because these cards consume about 70w.

    If you have a 300w or 350w power supply and you're using a PCI-E 6-pin adapter to hook up your GTX 1060, I would STRONGLY advise for you to upgrade the power supply to a competent 80-plus Bronze 450w model.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Gtx 1050 of course

  • 8 months ago

    Basically, no. A GT 1030 is going to struggle with modern games. Some of them, you might get away with medium settings. Maybe.

    Nvidia cards intended for gaming have an "X" in their name. There is no "GTX" 1030. I think the extra for a GTX 1050 will definitely be worth it, it will significantly widen your options in terms of games that you can run.

    And I also think that Nvidia cards are the way to go rather than AMD. That may be a bias based on personal experience, but I had all sorts of driver problems and crashes with my last AMD card. I have found Nvidia cards to be reliable.

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  • 8 months ago

    Anything below a x50 is not rated for gaming at all; that's reflected in the different prefix.

    The GTX1050 is the only option out of those two.

    However, even the 1050 is a rather mediocre card. The GTX960 or better still GTX970 are significantly more powerful and can be picked up for quite reasonable prices new or used on ebay etc.

    Passmark ratings:

    GTX1050 = 4685

    GTX960 = 5817

    GTX970 = 8626

    eg. GTX970 on ebay

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago


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