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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  • eastcoast_pete - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    Forgot to add: at around $ 50, it's not that much more than a PCIe card with 3 or 4 HDMI 2.0 ports to use built-in graphics, if such a thing even exists. And even a low-end Kepler isn't worse than a regular Intel iGPU. Reply
  • ikjadoon - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    Oh, but it is. The GT 710 is significantly worse than Intel's UHD 630:

    https://benchmarks.ul.com/hardware/gpu/NVIDIA+GeFo...
    https://benchmarks.ul.com/hardware/gpu/Intel+UHD+G...

    The UHD 630 is roughly between the GT 730 and GT 740. The GT 710 is unequivocal trash and is decimated by even Intel's ancient iGPU tech.
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  • ikjadoon - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    Also, anecdotally, I own a GT 710...alongside an UHD 630. And, believe it or not (see benchmarks above), the Intel UHD 630 has the performance crown in my system.

    The current-day equivalent, the NVIDIA GT 1030 (based on GP108), has likely never dropped below $80.

    The low-end market is completely asinine: pay 80% of the price and get 40% of the performance. That's what you wanted, right?
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  • eastcoast_pete - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    Thanks for the information, and "Ouch" . A dGPU beaten by a humdrum Intel iGPU (not an Iris), that's painful. Reply
  • bananaforscale - Sunday, April 19, 2020 - link

    And that 40% of the performance is probably the GDDR version, not DDR. :D Reply
  • npz - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    No, see article:
    ".. 4K60 in this mode when one monitor is attached, or 4K30 when multiple displays are attached."
    Reply
  • DanNeely - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    4k30hz is just fine for the bank of menu screens above the counter at your local fast food joint. Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    Yes, I overlooked that. If it can do 4 4K displays at 30p, that wouldn't be bad. Especially if one could use those 4 screens into one large one; 4 75" entry-level 4K HDTVs with narrow bezels make for an impressive large display. Reply
  • AshlayW - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    I picked up two GT710s already for two WCG servers with AM4 mobos that won't allow POST without dGPU in the system. (Gigabyte for the win: all three of my B450/350 Giga motherboards will POST without a DGPU, even with a Ryzen 7 2700). The other boards, Asus and MSI thus need 710s for booting - though all machines are remotely managed.

    This card interests me, for a creativity system with multiple displays, since one of these could give me a huuuuge amount of real estate on the cheap, while I can have my gaming card (RX 5700) in another system set up for gaming.
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  • bill.rookard - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    I have one of these as well in a server - the built-in graphics (I believe provided by the AST series of chips) are HORRIFIC. A simple, cheap GT710 is much better - which shows just how bad those AST graphics are. Works great, does what it needs to do and uses minimal power. Reply

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