ZOTAC has quietly introduced a new video card which is compatible with virtually every desktop PC released in the recent years. The new GeForce GT 710 graphics card with PCIe 3.0 x1 interface is not going to outperform modern higher-end iGPUs in games, but it will help owners of very low-cost systems, particularly those which may not even have a PCIe x16 slot, to add support for another display, or improve over the performance of completely outdated iGPUs.

The ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 1 GB (ZT-71304-20L) video card is powered by a cut-down version of NVIDIA’s GK208 GPU with 192 CUDA cores, 16 texture units and 8 ROPs. The GPU is based on the Kepler architecture, which supports Direct3D feature level 11_0, OpenGL 4.5 as well as OpenCL 1.2 APIs. The chip is clocked at 954 MHz and has compute performance of around 366 GFLOPS (well below that of modern iGPUs). The card is equipped with 1 GB of DDR3-1600 memory featuring 12.8 GB/s bandwidth.

The card comes in half height half length (HHHL) form-factor and is shipped with two brackets (for low-profile and standard PCs) to maximize compatibility with various computers. The graphics board has minimal (19W) power consumption and does not require active cooling (which means, it is also whisper quiet).

The main selling points of the ZOTAC GT 710 are its PCIe 3.0 x1 interface as well as three display outputs — DVI, HDMI 1.4 and D-Sub. Some entry-level PCs simply do not have PCIe x16 or x8 slots to install a graphics card, but virtually all desktops released in the last ten years have at least one PCIe x1 slot. ZOTAC’s new graphics card promises to be compatible with such systems. If owners of such PCs need to add one or two more display outputs, or just find their iGPUs too slow in Windows 10, they can buy the GeForce GT 710 1 GB PCIe 3.0 x1 graphics adapter. The board supports up to three displays, which should be enough for many workloads.

NVIDIA GPU Specification Comparison
  GT 710 GT 720 GT 630 GT 610
CUDA Cores 192 192 192 48
Texture Units 16 16 16 8
ROPs 8 8 16 4
Core Clock 954MHz 797MHz 875MHz 710MHz
Shader Clock N/A N/A N/A 1620MHz
Memory Clock 1.8GHz DDR3 1.8GHz DDR3/ 5GHz GDDR5 1.8GHz DDR3 1.8GHz DDR3
Memory Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit 64-bit 64-bit
VRAM 1GB or 2GB 1GB or 2GB 1GB or 2GB 1GB
TDP 19W 19W 50W 29W
GPU GK208 GK208 GK107 GF119
Launch Timeframe January, 2016 March, 2014 April, 2012 May, 2012
Launch Price $30 - $50 $49 OEM $49

When it comes to performance in games, it is unlikely that the GeForce GT 710 is fast enough for more or less demanding titles. The product may be faster than iGPUs integrated into entry-level Celeron or Pentium processors, but only in various online games that do not require a lot of GPU horsepower anyway.

As for market perspectives of ZOTAC’s GeForce GT 710 1 GB PCIe 3.0 x1, it should be noted that this is a niche product designed for owners of low-end systems, who need a better GPU or additional display outputs. Typically, people, who use such systems do not upgrade often, hence, ZOTAC’s new video card will hardly become a bestseller. Nonetheless, it will be a unique device for those who really need it.

ZOTAC does not list recommended prices on its web-site. However two stores which sell the device in Europe have it listed €58.30 ($65.8) and €84.7 ($95). This is definitely higher than you'd otherwise expect for a bottom-tier NVIDIA card, though it may very well be that retailers are counting on its unique nature.

Source: ZOTAC (via the Tech Report)

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  • AbRASiON - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - link

    Is this a viable HTPC card? I have to wonder with HBM tech, in 18 to 24 months just how impressive a basic slimline HTPC card will be in such a small space. Reply
  • jeffry - Sunday, May 22, 2016 - link

    I love these Zotec cards. Cheap, low power and multi-display. I buy those to compile CUDA code. I had the GT-610 'Fermi' and GT-630 'Kepler' (now), both from Zotec. I posted some pictures and SPECs in the linked forum below:

    http://www.computerbase.de/forum/showthread.php?t=...
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  • herbgo - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - link

    Hmm ... would the GT710 or GT720 work in an old Dell SFF Optiplex 980 to replace an ATI Radeon 3450? Would need to drive 2 displays but also use Adobe Creative Cloud. Reply
  • TheWolfHowling - Saturday, July 2, 2016 - link

    This x1 GPU looks perfect for my unRAID NAS/HTPC build as I need a dGPU for the HTPC VM as the HD530 graphics will be utilized by unRAID's GUI. Because the Skylake i5 6400 only has 16 Gen 3.0 lanes, after an x8 HBA card and a x4 NVMe SSD, I have just 4 lanes left for the GPU. This card will allow me to install the required dGPU and a USB Controller Card and still have a couple of spare lanes for future expansion Reply
  • desparate - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - link

    Would anyone know of a bricks-and-mortar shop in London (UK, central London if poss) that might just have such a puppy available for purchase TODAY? I have an HP Proliant Server ML370 G5 which I would LOVE to get up and running TODAY. I have successfully got Win 10 onto the thing with only ONE little problem: it will not load any driver for the onboard ATI ES1000 video except for the Microsoft Basic Display driver. I actually have a PCI-E x16 GTX680 card lying around, and I'm desparate enough that I took a soldering iron and melted off the back of the last PCI-E slot, so I could insert the (huge) card in -- but it's not even recognized. (I'm quite sure i did a careful job, but ??). At this point I'll take ANY PCI-E x1 graphics card -- but it'd be awesome to be able to find one of these. Ordering online will get me a card at best on Tuesday, too late to be of use. If you have one personally, or if you might know what magic I need to do to get the large NVIDIA card to be recognized, send mail to desparate@mailinator.com and i'll reply immediately to communicate. thanks! Reply

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