I currently run it on my Surface Pro and it’s generally fine, it’s just kind of annoying. I’m contemplating an Apple TV, but it would be nice to get some better graphics. I know Zwift is a bit unique with how it uses resources.
I have built a gaming PC and I’m sure it’d run Zwift well, but I’m not moving it. And, quite honestly, I’m too lazy to build something again just for Zwift.
That led me to digging around refurbished desktops on Newegg and finding something with this set of specs:
i7-4770 (Quad Core) @ 3.4GHz,
256GB SSD Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB DDR4 Video Card
If it wasn’t the DDR4 version of the GT 1030 I’d say:
With those specs you will get Medium profile and be able to do 60fps in 1080p resolution when not CPU bound. In CPU bound situations (when busy with other riders around you) the frame rate will drop to 30-40fps. All of which is a different planet to Apple TV - which incidentally runs Zwift no better than your Surface Pro.
But it is the DDR4 version of the GT 1030, and it is therefore utter dump.
In any case I strongly suspect it’s ludicrously overpriced, and it comes with far more RAM and storage space than required. Even if it was the GDDR5 version, you shouldn’t buy it if was priced at much more than $100.
Plop another 4GB stick of RAM, a 128GB SSD (replace the HDD) and a GTX 1050 Ti in it. All done for well under $200 and it will do Zwift in Ultra profile, at 60fps and 1440p resolution - same rules about being CPU bound apply. Job done.
There is this guy, calls himself “Dave”, who wrote up a guide to Zwift PCs. The up to date version of it is in the Files section of the ZPCMR Facebook group linked in the article. In that group you can find regular discussions of system building and occasional shared deals. The 1030 just isn’t a great choice. It’s better to find a used system similar to what you shared, without a GPU, for much cheaper. Add a better GPU and you’re set.
4th gen Intel is best value, 12th gen is best performance. Everything in between isn’t cheap enough or good enough. That HP will take a standard ATX power supply so you could chuck anything in it - like a 960/970/980/1060 if found cheaply and depending on your resolution target. They all get Ultra profile.
I’ll knock up a PCPP list for comparison with new.
I actually have a soft spot for the GT 1030 (GDDR5!) as it happens. It’s a massive step up in Zwift from integrated graphics and Apple TV. Problem is they’re typically much too close in price to something far stronger like a GTX 960 or 1050 Ti, so the value proposition doesn’t stack up.
Upgrade one of those HPs and swap the PSU, then buy a used 970 or 980. By far the best value, and still on Ultra profile like the new build above would be. The only differences are 4K (massive uplift in GPU power required to hold 60fps versus 1440p) and frame rates in busy areas/events/PPs (needs 12th gen to maintain 60fps+, basically).
Here’s an example; I’m in the UK but doing this for someone at the weekend cost the equivalent of $164.