NVIDIA GeForce GT 710: Trying NVIDIA's Newest Sub-$50 GPU On Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 6 February 2016. Page 1 of 6. 33 Comments

At the end of January NVIDIA rolled out the GeForce GT 710. This isn't some shiny new low-end Maxwell card, but rather from the Kepler lineage and retails for under $50 USD as a discrete solution to compete with integrated Intel and AMD graphics. Here are some initial benchmarks of a passively-cooled ASUS GeForce GT 710 under Linux.

The GeForce GT 710 is a cut-down version of the Kepler GK208, the already low-end core used by the lines of the GT 720 and GT 730 graphics cards as well as the mobile GT 720M/730M/735M/740M graphics processors. This really isn't a graphics card for gamers or anyone needing any serious GPU performance but rather as an upgrade for an entry-level system, someone just wanting to upgrade from their integrated graphics, and other minimally-demanding use-cases.

The GT 710 has a reference clock speed of 954MHz, 1.8GHz video memory clock speed for its DDR3 on a 64-bit bus, 192 CUDA cores, 16 texture units, 8 ROPs, and has a 19 Watt TDP. In launching the GT 710, NVIDIA says this low-cost graphics card is up to ten times faster than many integrated graphics processors while being around 70% faster than the GeForce GT 610.

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 710 graphics cards for sale by all the normal AIBs range in price from $30 to $50 USD. Differences include 1GB or 2GB of vRAM, full or half height PCBs, and a variety of different cooling options. The ASUS GeForce GT 710 being tested today retails for about $40 USD and is a half-height graphics card with a passive cooler.

That in fact is the reason why I'm testing the GT 710 today is in having needed a new half-height graphics card for one of my 2U servers but not caring too much about the performance. The ASUS GeForce GT 710 has DVI, HDMI, and VGA connectivity.

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