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Random gpu purchase - GT 1030


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I decided to give kijiji a bit of a browse and I stumbled on a gt 1030. While I normally wouldn’t think twice about something that low end, I do have my tv pc that is a SFF HP box running integrated graphics with its i5 2400 and it’s lowly 240watt power supply. That does suffice for my uses, BUT, I couldn’t say no when I found this for $40. 

It is a zotac gt 1030 with gddr5 (not the completely useless ddr4 version). Passive model.

This will let me go to native 4K for the tv and maybe some rocket league (Or other low end games). 


Pictures to follow when I can.

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5 hours ago, Soullessone21 said:

better post pics of the rig, the 1030 was funny as many times I almost bought one for videos then got distracted or found a 1050 for less haha

Will do. Completely understand going for a 1050 or something better, since for some odd reason the 1030 seem to be holding value. It makes them a terrible value most of the time, but for $40 I though it was a no brainer and worth a shot. 

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3 minutes ago, Bond007 said:

Will do. Completely understand going for a 1050 or something better, since for some odd reason the 1030 seem to be holding value. It makes them a terrible value most of the time, but for $40 I though it was a no brainer and worth a shot. 

yah at $40 that is a steal and I would of done the same. plus passive cooling is great for media centers 

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So, here we go. First thing was to remove the regular bracket (unfortunately he didn’t have the low profile, so it’s going in with none):

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Next up was the install:

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Then some testing in rocket league. Boldly tried to run it maxed at 4K, which resulted in mid 20s fps (obviously a no go, but I was curious). Low settings was getting around [email protected] 4K (better than I thought). Then down to reality at 1080p, but maxed out again. This has me sitting at an average in the mid 40 fps range, with some jumps to the high 40s and some drops to the high 30s...good enough. 
 

This was all as is out of the box, where despite the “boost clock” being rated around 1500ish MHz, it was stabilizing around 1700. Temps were slowly climbing (never peaked), but after 15-20min it was at 75deg and seemed to be settling. 
 

Now it’s time to play a little with what I learned on my laptop 1050ti. OC scanner is running now, with my intention to get a reasonable voltage drop while staying around the 1700mhz I was getting in game (maybe a bit more, but not going for max OC or anything). This should help lower temps a bit. We will see where this leads...
 

 

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Update 1:

OC scanner fared pretty well despite the power limiter coming into play during its testing. Resulted in the following:

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From there I slid a lot of points around, since I don’t care about it running faster at idle/low load, and I want to avoid the high voltages. This is what my first attempt resulted in:

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A quick gaming test looks like it gave me roughly +90mhz, +4ish fps, and more importantly a 8-9 deg drop in load temps. More to come.

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Update 2:

Learned a few tidbits that I didn’t know about voltage curve editor.
 

1. If gpu temp is >39 deg when you “apply” it causes the moving dots I (and may others) have issues with. 

2. it also doesn’t seem to like applying as depicted  if you have only certain points changed (as I had in update 1). 

Results of those learning points are that I shift+drag the whole curve up until the desire voltage point has my desired freq, and then drag all the remaining points down to the same or lower. This applies correctly every time I tried as long as gpu temps are <39 (it seems). 
 

1080p maxed settings is now giving steady 50 some fps (still rocket league), 1750ish MHz in [email protected] Temp stabilizes at 65 deg...10 deg cooler than stock with more fps. 
 

The curve is +170mhz over the default line per voltage point. Obviously it could run faster with more voltage, but that is not my goal with this low end card. 

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The 1050ti low profile seem to hold unreasonable value for what they offer, I mean you can easily find RX570 for 80. That's why SFF builds get on my nerves most of the times with the low profile requirements for speciality GPUs. I always hoard one or 2 low profile ready GPUs, just in case I stumble over a SFF build or want to upgrade one to resell. 

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Update 3:

All is running well as per update 2. Great little low power gpu for older/“esports” games at 1080p. With my tweaks it is never hitting any of its limits (power/voltage/temp), so there would be room for more, but it is fine for me.

As for moving forward I plan to pretty much run it as is, but if I get in a mood to play with it more I may continue to refine and see if I can get a similar freq out of it at even lower voltage. I may also try a repaste at some point just out of curiosity. Temp is fine at max 65 in a relatively poorly ventilated case with a passive gpu, but lower is better.

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