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GeForce GT 1030 vs GeForce GT 340 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GT 1030 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1265 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1502 MHz on this specific card. It features 384 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GT 340 1GB, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 550 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 850 MHz on this particular card. It features 96 SPUs along with 32 Texture Address Units and 8 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GT 1030 30 Watts
GeForce GT 340 1GB 69 Watts
Difference: 39 Watts (130%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GT 340 1GB should theoretically be just a bit better than the GeForce GT 1030 in general. (explain)

GeForce GT 340 1GB 54400 MB/sec
GeForce GT 1030 49152 MB/sec
Difference: 5248 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GT 1030 is quite a bit (approximately 130%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GT 340 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 40480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 17600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22880 (130%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GT 1030 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GT 1030 20240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GT 340 1GB 4400 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 15840 (360%)

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.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GT 1030

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 340 1GB

Amazon.com

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 GT 340 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year May 2017 February 2010
Code Name GP108-300 GT215
Memory 2048 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1265 MHz 550 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 3400 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 30 watts 69 watts
Bandwidth 49152 MB/sec 54400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 40480 Mtexels/sec 17600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 20240 Mpixels/sec 4400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 96
Texture Mapping Units 32 32
Render Output Units 16 8
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 40 nm
Transistors 3300 million 727 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GT 1030

Amazon.com

GeForce GT 340 1GB

Amazon.com

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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