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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  • MenhirMike - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    The GT710 is basically a modern equivalent of what the ATI Rage used to be: A cheap and low-power graphics card to put into a whitebox server that doesn't have IPMI. Except that unlike the ATI Rage, it's compatible with UEFI and PCI Express, available in x1 slots. I would prefer if there's something even simpler/cheaper, but for that purpose, the GT710 is great.

    Though if you need something a bit more beefy, I'd choose a GT 1030 at the least, but those are either active cooling, or 2 slot passive cooling solutions, and I'm not aware of them being available in PCIe x1.
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  • MenhirMike - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    (FWIW, I use one in a Threadripper server, since the TR doesn't have integrated graphics and the board I've chosen doesn't have IPMI. Works perfectly fine for that purpose). Reply
  • Hxx - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    No argb and no backplate. So not Asus Reply
  • nobozos - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    I was recently looking for a way to hook 2 4K monitors to a desktop system for web browsing and software development. I don't game ever and I'm not overly concerned about color quality. 30 HZ refresh is fine. I got the desktop system for free so I didn't want to spend much money on a graphics card.

    I did my research and found the GT 710. It looked like exactly what I needed, but I wasn't real happy about spending ~$45 for something this low end. Just for yuks I checked Facebook Marketplace and found somebody locally who was selling a used eVGA GT 710 for $25! I bought it.

    It's been working great! I suspect that this new card with 4 HDMI outputs will also work fine for people with requirements similar to mine.
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  • evilspoons - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    I've had a Kepler (GK208) DDR3 GT 730 for a few years now. It doesn't have the oomph to power 1080p60, much less 4K60 with lower specs. It does, however, do 1080p30 @ 4:4:4 nicely and reliably.

    For static display I guess it's fine.
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  • spaceship9876 - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    I wish amd would launch a new low end gpu copying the integrated gpu on their entry level APU's and sticking it on a die. That way people could have a low power gpu that supports the latest video formats and hdmi/dp standards and it would use little power. Reply
  • thorski - Monday, April 13, 2020 - link

    Its an interesting proposition for a few niche markets. One not mentioned is h264 transcoding, which on a silent PCIe x1 card is actually useful in a few scenarios I have where racking a ATX board with 7 of these would be good.. The problem is the Quadro P400 or P600 with their 3 or 4 x mini DP out that you can dongle to HDMI are not much more and support h265. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - link

    The miserable 8400 GS, the GPU that refuses to die, is still being sold. On Amazon, for example, you can pick one up for $55-150.

    Microcenter is also selling it, still. In 2020. With a limit of 1 per household. (I suppose the shame of having more than one is too much.)
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  • lagittaja - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    Cool. Perhaps in a couple or few years 14nm will be cheap enough for something like this to be made but with GP108 instead. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Saturday, April 18, 2020 - link

    Made the meat of it low pro and then failed with the IO breakout. Would have been a winner in many of the small form factor boxes business love to buy. Reply

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