NVIDIA succeeded in sweeping the mid-range and high-end graphics market in 2015 with the help of Maxwell architecture, and AMD is making greater efforts to catch up during the year of 2016. AMD is slated to launch 14nm Polaris architecture to compete against NVIDIA’s 16nm Pascal.
NVIDIA’s first “new” card of this year is GeForce GT 710, an entry-level model among the external graphics family, but the company claims it will deliver 10 times performance as an integrated graphics card. Is that true?
GT 710 is nothing new in fact – it’s powered by a Keper chip, GK208, instead of Maxwell.
It’s not surpring for the entry-level card drop Maxwell architecture. After all NVIDIA had managed to decrease the TDP from 50W for GK107 to 19W for GK208. Although Maxwell enables better efficiency, it’s not cost-effective for NVIDIA to build an entry-level card based on it.
Comparison of GT 710 and GT 720
We compared GT 710 and GT 720 in an earlier post – with the same silicon, GT 710 features DDR3 memory which cost less, and NVIDIA lifted its frequency to make up for the performance loss.
As for the price, GT 710 with 1GB DDR3 is sold for RMB269, while the 2GB variant comes available for RMB299.
It’s not hard to notice that NVIDIA pulled off GT 720 from their website after the release of GeForce GT 710, which means they’re replacing GT 720 with the lower-cost GT 710.