The first thing to keep in mind is that the GeForce GT 1030 is not a gaming video card, as its does not carry the “GeForce GTX” denomination. It is aimed on desktop computers where GPU performance is not essential, but need an independent video card, usually because the CPU does no bring integrated video.
Anyway, we proposed to answer the first question: can the GeForce GT 1030 be used for casual gaming? The answer is “in most cases, yes”. Our tests proved it offers enough performance to play games that are not too demanding, like E-sports titles, or even some premium games, in low resolution and overall quality.
The second question was if the GT 1030 can offer a good price/performance ratio for casual gaming. Here, the answer is a big “no”. It costs a little less than the GeForce GTX 1050, and offered about half the performance.
So, if you are planning to buy an inexpensive video card for casual gaming, forget about the GT 1030 and spend some more bucks, buying a GeForce GTX 1050 card or a similar competitor model.
On the other hand, the GeForce GT 1030 has two advantages: its small size and its low power consumption. So, if you need a video card for a computer that will not require high GPU performance, the GeForce GT 1030 is a good choice.
The tested model, from Gigabyte, has another advantage: it is compatible with “slim” cases, that not support regular size video cards, and it also uses only one slot.