Some time ago, NVIDIA unveiled the GT 710 graphics card designed for HTPCs and relatively basic usage scenarios. The company claimed that you could experience performance gains up to 10 times better than integrated graphics solutions. Of course, it’s not suited to demanding applications which is reflected in the price point and form factor. The GT 710 doesn’t require any dedicated power connectors and utilizes the PCI Express format instead. Up to this point, custom GT 710 cards from manufacturers including Inno3D, EVGA and others have employed the PCI-E x16 interface. Zotac’s latest model bucks the trend and opts for the x1 interface.
The GPU is passively cooled and supports D-Sub, HDMI and DVI-D. Furthermore, it’s capable of driving displays up to 2560×1600 and opts for a WDDM 2.0 compliant driver. Technically, the Zotac version is clocked at 954MHz and includes 1GB DDR3L memory at 1600MHz. The PCI-E interface means you can use the card in expansions slots which traditionally remain free. This allows you to keep the x16 slots full with fibre-channel cards, enterprise HBAs and more. Clearly, the GT 710’s gaming credentials are fairly basic but they are a better option than many iGPUs. Saying that, I wouldn’t recommend it and there’s greater value when purchasing a higher performing product. The Zotac GT 710 might be useful if you’re watching videos and want to install a dedicated card.
Are you a fan of low power cards like the GT 710 or feel they are pointless due to the good performance levels on APUs?
The majority of media attention and interest from enthusiasts revolves around higher-end graphics card solutions and observing the horsepower improvements between each generation. As a result, it’s quite easy to overlook cheaper models designed for the casual gaming market or media applications. Today, EVGA unveiled their new range based on NVIDIA’s GT 710 chip. The GPU features a base clock of 924MHz, 64-bit memory interface with a clock of 1800 MHz and total bandwidth reaching 14.4GB/s. Additionally, the GT 710 contains 192 CUDA cores and comes in either a 1GB or 2GB configuration.
While the GT 710 is fairly weak compared to other discrete GPUs, it still manages to outperform integrated graphic chips by a decent margin. Here we can see the 3D gaming performance in 3DMark compared between the Intel HD Graphics on a G3220 CPU, and GT 710. Clearly, it’s not going to run anything demanding at high resolutions, but there is a noticeable boost.
EVGA is producing a total of 6 models to suit various chassis designs and user preferences:
The passive cooled options will be an excellent choice when creating a silent HTPC build. Also, I quite like the overall design, and support for DVI-D, D-Sub and HDMI 1.4a. Sadly, there’s no information regarding pricing and I expect it to be in line with other manufacturers creating custom GT 710 GPUs. I’m intrigued to see how it copes with certain 3D games when the graphical details are kept to a minimum. Whatever the case, it’s an interesting launch and we might consider reviewing one of the cards very soon
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