I've noticed of late that certain companies are 'relaunching' older parts in new designs. We've seen it recently with some of the older AMD APUs finding their way into new motherboard designs, but here it's a case of a base GPU returning to the market. ASUS has listed on its website a 'new' GT 710: this is a super low end graphics chip with 192 CUDA cores on the 87 mm2 GK208 Kepler die that originally launched in late 2015 / early 2016. The goal of this sort of graphics card us to supply basic video outputs to machines that do not come with any integrated graphics on the processor.

What's different about this card, which comes with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, is that it has four HDMI video outputs. On a modern graphics card you might expect a DisplayPort or two, but here it's all just HDMI. Despite the GK208 GPU not supporting HDMI 2.0 natively, this is the sort of card that is going to take advantage of NVIDIA opening up 4K60 with 4:2:0 subchroma sampling support on Kepler, which makes it useful for video at the most (you won't want to be running a full desktop experience with it).

ASUS states that the card can support 4K60 in this mode when one monitor is attached, or 4K30 when multiple displays are attached. Obviously with this horsepower we're not going to be doing any gaming - it's simply at the cheap end of the spectrum for office machines or library machines or similar. ASUS suggests using multiple cards at once for anyone that needs 12-16+ displays.

This card uses a PCIe 2.0 x1 connection, ensuring compatibility for a wide range of older machines, and offers a 954 MHz engine clock and a 5000 MHz memory clock. The GT710-4H-SL-2GD5 is expected to be in the ~$50 range when it comes to market.

Source: FanlessTech, ASUS

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  • ballsystemlord - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    I'm assuming this is going to be use by SIs/OEMs. Therefore, its unlikely to be on Amazon or Ebay.
    If you are certain they're no longer produced, then this https://www.anandtech.com/show/4307/amd-launches-r...
    has double the memory width, more compute units (cuda, SP)(192 vs. 480 or 320), and more texture units (16, vs 24 or 32). It does support 8 displays although no max resolution is mentioned.
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  • MDD1963 - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    I'd never even heard of the RX540, but, sure as heck, ....AMD does indeed list it at it's website; I find nothing regarding any RX530 , however... (I can find neither for sale on Amazon...are they perhaps new, or, OEM only?) Reply
  • 1_rick - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    What are you using "USP" to stand for here? The acronym has a LOT of different expansions. Reply
  • MDD1963 - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    Heckler und Koch made the excellent USP, Universal Service Pistol! :) Reply
  • 1_rick - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    Ha! Reply
  • close - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    My money's on unique selling point. But I kind of hope they actually meant "Urban Services Plan" or "Utah State Prison" or "Universal Self-Loading Pistol". Reply
  • boozed - Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - link

    I'm curious to know which one you thought it was Reply
  • callmebob - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    An Unapologetically Snarky Pisstaker would say that USP stands for "Utterly Stupid People"... Reply
  • DanNeely - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    Integrated only does 2 or 3 graphics out; the entire point of this card is to run lots of near static displays as cheaply as possible.

    There's no reason they couldn't do something similar with a bottom end AMD GPU; but the RX530's die is about 50% larger (125 vs 79mm^2) making it more expensive to produce. It also runs hotter with the one TDP number I can find being ~30W higher than the 710 (50 vs 19W). That's full load not idle/semi-idle (running 4x4k neither card is likely to be at its lowered power consumption state); but suggests that the AMD card is probably going to use more power. And for a system that will typically be on 50-100% of the time for 5-10 years, even a few watts of extra power consumption will add up. $0.10/kWh is roughly $1/watt-year.

    The last, and biggest hit is that it doesn't look like the 530/540 are still being made. When I googled trying to find current prices for them, I got suggestions for the 550 and higher instead.
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  • romrunning - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    Yeah, I was thinking along the same lines. Getting a lower-power GPU but still be able to run 4K displays is the target design goal here.

    For video walls/signage, you have a bunch of displays that need to be connected, so multiple outputs is a requirement. More mfgs are creating cheap 4K LCDs, so the higher support resolutions means they are all display in their native 4K modes. With multiple boards, you can now support larger signage with a single control PC.

    The big thing of the lower power used is that now you have that much less heat being generated. A heatsink-only design means you don't have to worry about fans failing long-term. Both of those translate into more reliable commercial usage, with less maintenance needed.
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