AMD and Nvidia have a number of high-end graphics cards on offer, but their cheaper hardware may be of more interest to gamers on a budget.
Nvidia’s budget offering is the GT 1030, aimed at single-slot builds and the mainstream desktop market.
Its competitor from AMD is the Radeon RX 550, which is also an affordable discrete graphics solution with enough power to play games.
Both cards are based on the latest GPU architecture from Nvidia and AMD respectively.
We compared the specifications, performance, and pricing of both cards to detail how much bang you get for your buck.
While the RX 550 is available with up to 4GB of VRAM, we chose the 2GB model for the comparison – as the GT 1030 has 2GB of memory.
Both cards are small in size and require little cooling, meaning they can be fitted with passive cooling systems and shipped as single-slot cards.
The specifications of the cards are below.
|Specifications||GeForce GT 1030||Radeon RX 550|
|Memory||2GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5|
To see how the cards perform, we used benchmark data from Tom’s Hardware which measured their FPS performance in games.
These are not high-end graphics cards, and most benchmarks were subsequently conducted on Low or Medium graphics settings.
Despite this, the cards show good performance and are more than capable of running titles like StarCraft II and Dota 2.
|Benchmarks – FPS||GT 1030||RX 550|
|Doom – 1,920 x 1,080 (Low)||42.8||48.1|
|Battlefield 1 – 1,920 x 1,080 (Low)||52.8||64.2|
|Dota 2 – 1,920 x 1,080 (Medium)||92.8||71.0|
|World of Warcraft – 1,920 x 1,080||116.4||142.0|
It must be noted that while the RX 550 is for sale on numerous online stores in South Africa, the Nvidia card is more readily available.
This is because Radeon RX-series cards are popular among cryptocurrency miners, and are therefore in short supply.
South African pricing for available versions of the cards is:
Little separates the two cards in terms of gaming performance and price, and gamers are likely to decide which one to purchase based on their respective software and which manufacturer they prefer.