Graphics Card Reviews

Zotac GT 1030 2 GB – Video Review

Small in size, but big on performance

The budget GPU market has been neglected for years.  A powerful low profile single slot card can be hard to find because of this. The release of the nVidia GT 1030, I believe, has changed that perception. Zotac has taken the GT 1030 and whipped it into shape knowing that the market need a card just like this. With multiple display outputs you can now do even more.

When looking to make a workstation or home theater PC you want power, but that means noise comes along with it. Not with the Zotac GT 1030. Designed to use power more efficient Zotac was able to bring the fan noise down to just a whisper.

But what if you want to push the GT 1030 to all it can deliver. Again Zotac looked at this and resigned the GT 1030 to get every little bit of performance out of the card, plus you can use the FIRESTORM software to tweak all the setting to your liking. You can fine tune the GPU, Memory and fan speed as well.

The card comes with both full and low profile brackets, and is very easy to change out, unlike other recent low profile cards like the EVGA GT 1030.

For an entry level gaming PC, or a budget home theater setup, the Zotac GT 1030 2GB provides an excellent balance of power, low noise, low power, and cost.

The Zotac GT 1030


The Zotac GT 1030, at only $75, hails back to a time when you could purchase an affordable, low-power, low-profile graphics card that could actually play modern games, or even play modern media through hardware decoding.
  • GPU
    GeForce® GT 1030
  • CUDA cores
  • Video Memory
    2GB GDDR5
  • Memory Bus
  • Engine Clock
    Base: 1227 MHz
    Boost: 1468 MHz
  • Memory Clock
    6.0 GHz
  • PCI Express
    PCIE 3.0
  • Display Outputs
    HDMI 2.0b
  • HDCP Support
  • Multi Display Capability
  • Recommended Power Supply
  • Power Consumption
  • Power Input
  • DirectX
  • OpenGL
  • Cooling
    Heatsink + fan
  • Slot Size
    Single Slot
  • SLI
  • Supported OS
    Windows 10 / 8 / 7 (32/64-bit)
  • Card Length
    172.5mm x 111.15mm x 16mm (6.79in x 4.38in x 0.63in)
  • Accessories
    Driver Disk, Quick Install Guide, Low-profile bracket

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  1. I actually managed to get a GTX 750 Ti SC for just a slightly higher price than the GT 1030 and it performs much better. You might want to check that card out. While outdated, it still performs amazingly well for the price point.

  2. Have heard that the fan speed of this card can be reduced to 20%.
    I am looking at one for a HTPC. Noise is a consideration. Could you comment on the fan speed / noise?

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