eSports Benchmark: GeForce GT 1030 vs. Radeon RX 550

It's time for yet another GPU fight, though this is a little off the norm considering that the latest GPUs released by the current generation of AMD and Nvidia are by far the slowest: From AMD we have the Radeon RX 550 and on Nvidia's side is the GeForce GT 1030, a 384 CUDA core part that doesn't seem to deserve the GTX branding.

The GT 1030 costs significantly less than $ 110 for the GTX 1050 and only costs $ 70. This is even cheaper than the RX 550's $ 80 MSRP, although it's currently almost impossible to get one at this price. The premium for the RX 550 isn't nearly as bad as for the high-end models, but you can expect to pay ~ $ 90 at the moment, making it almost 30% more expensive than the GT 1030.

Nevertheless, we have to ask ourselves whether and by how much faster the Radeon is. If you have less than $ 100 to play with, which of these graphics cards should you buy? To complicate this question, these budget cards for beginners are usually not of great value, since the slightly more expensive models generally offer a much better price-performance ratio.

Our focus will primarily be on Esport titles for this article, including games like CS: GO, Overwatch and Dota 2. For testing, I used our Ryzen 3 test system with the 1300X installed. No overclocking was applied to the CPU, but we use 16 GB of DDR4-3200 memory.

The card in the corner of the green team is the GeForce GT 1030 2GH LP OC from MSI, while the red team is represented by Asus & # 39; RX550-4G. Yes, the AMD graphics card has more VRAM, but unfortunately that was all I could get my hands on for this test. This shouldn't have a noticeable impact on performance. However, keep in mind that the 4GB models cost around $ 110 and are rather poor value at this price.


First, we have Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Those who take the game seriously often play with low quality settings, and here the GT 1030 and RX 550 offer a similar experience, although the GT 1030 was slightly better overall.

Both maintained over 100 fps at all times and allowed an average frame rate of over 200 fps. However, I've heard of serious players like 300 plus fps in this title, but you know beggars cannot be a choice, and for the price, these results in this title are very acceptable.

If you prefer to play with eye candy activated, the very high quality preset still allows an average of over 160 fps, and here both the RX 550 and GT 1030 offer exactly the same experience.

Overwatch is another very popular first person shooter and can be optically much more demanding than CS: GO. Nevertheless, the game was playable with the default of low quality with both GPUs, although the GT 1030 was a whisker faster. Here we see that the 1% low result with the Nvidia GPU was 8% higher.

However, increasing the quality setting to the high preset values ​​fluctuates greatly in favor of the RX 550. Before anyone comes to any conclusions and claims that this is due to the 4 GB VRAM buffer of the RX 550 card used, please note that at 1080p the high setting is used. Quality preset The game never allocates assets worth more than 940 MB in our 60-second benchmark pass. The fact that the RX 550 has 4 GB VRAM doesn't matter here.

In the end, it is better for those who want to turn a little higher with the RX 550 in Overwatch, as it provides 23% better performance with the high quality preset.

Rocket League is one of the most entertaining and easy-to-use games currently available. Therefore, its massive popularity is not surprising. If you reject everything with the high-performance preset, the game spits out an average of 245 fps with the RX 550 and 201 fps with the GT 1030. I'm not sure if you really need that many frames in this title, but either way the Radeon GPU was 22% faster.

If you got the most out of the game with the high quality preset with MLAA enabled, the RX 550 was 24% faster at an average of 77 fps, which I thought was pretty good at 1080p.

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