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GeForce GT 1030 vs Geforce GTX 690

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1265 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1502 MHz on this card. It features 384 SPUs as well as 32 Texture Address Units and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Geforce GTX 690, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this specific model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 270 Watts (900%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Geforce GTX 690 should be 682% quicker than the GeForce GT 1030 overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 384512 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 335360 (682%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 is a lot (about 479%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 1030. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 234240 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 193760 (479%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 will be quite a bit (more or less 189%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GT 1030, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 58560 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 38320 (189%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GT 1030

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Geforce GTX 690

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GT 1030 Geforce GTX 690
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2017 April 2012
Code Name GP108-300 GK104
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1265 MHz 915 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 6008 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 30 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 49152 MB/sec 384512 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40480 Mtexels/sec 234240 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20240 Mpixels/sec 58560 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 32 128 (x2)
Render Output Units 16 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3300 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GT 1030

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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