Earlier this month Nvidia quietly launched the Nvidia GT 1030 with lower clock speed and TDP due to the conversion of VRAM from the usual GDDR5 to DDR4. While the change from GDDR5 to DDR4 resulted in a price drop for the GPU but benchmarks have revealed why Nvidia should have stuck with GDDR5 as the Nvidia GT 1030 has seen a 40% drop in performance.
Compared to the GDDR5 GT 1030 the DDR4 GT 1030 has a lower clock speed and the bandwidth has also been reduced from 48 GB/s to 16 GB/s. As you can see in the video below the benchmarks compare the both GDDR5 and DDR4 GT 1030 in terms of performance and in every scenario the GDDR5 Nvidia GT 1030 comes on top.
The system used for the benchmarks featured Intel Core i3-8100 with 16 GB DDR4 RAM with 2400 MHz clock speed.
The game used for the benchmark is GTA 5 and as you can see in the video, the GT 1030 with DDR4 VRAM is not even close in performance as in most cases it features almost half the FPS compared to the GDDR5 version which is almost 40-50% drop in performance.
Speaking of the toned down version of GPUs, a report has made its way on the internet suggesting that Nvidia is bringing a GTX 1050 with 3 GB VRAM to the market.
According to the report, a 3 GB version of GTX 1050 is being worked on by Nvidia. However, there is a possibility that this 3 GB version of the GPU could be China exclusive like the 5 GB version of GTX 1060.
Also, Nvidia brought in record revenue for its Q1 2019 with 66% increase in revene.
Nvidia also saw a huge bump in GPU sales and brought in $2.77 billion from GPU sales alone which is 77% up from last year. Furthermore, GTX 10 series sales represent $1.7 billion of the $2.77 billion which is up 68% up from last year
What do you think of the GT 1030 with DDR4 VRAM? Do you think Nvidia has made the right choice? Let us know in the comments.