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may not even have a PCIe x16 slot, to add support for another display, or improve over the performance of completely outdated iGPUs.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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  • nathanddrews - Friday, April 22, 2016 - link

    I love these niche products. I don't even need it or want it, but I'm already trying to think of a reason to install it in something. Any chance AT will test it? Has AT ever reviewed GK208 under a different name? I couldn't find anything.
  • domboy - Friday, April 22, 2016 - link

    Yeah, me too. This reminds me of the PCI (not express) Geforce 430 they released a few years ago, which I did buy. There was a similar 5xx series if I'm not mistaken.


    I kind of do want this PCIe 1x card, I just don't know what I'd do with it. Folding@home perhaps??
  • Thatguy97 - Friday, April 22, 2016 - link

    Nah they will say they will review something but it'll be 6 months and they will never have reviewed it just like the gtx 950.
  • Ian Cutress - Sunday, April 24, 2016 - link

    If you hadn't noticed, the GTX 950 and 960 numbers have been in Bench for a long while now.

  • kwrzesien - Sunday, April 24, 2016 - link

    Maybe there should be weekly pipeline summaries of the products added to Bench?
  • Ian Cutress - Monday, April 25, 2016 - link

    For CPUs, I've recently been tweeting updates to Bench as they're made live. But it's an idea worth looking into for sure.
  • descendency - Saturday, April 23, 2016 - link


    Save yourself the pain and either use the onboard ("free") graphics or spend an extra few dollars and get a real graphics card.
  • Samus - Sunday, April 24, 2016 - link

    These cards are useful to convert a server PC with crap embedded graphics (Matrox) in the case of most Xeon's or underperforming iGPU graphics for certain applications like HTPC where only the most modern Intel CPU's (Haswell+) might actually perform as well as this card. Sure Skylake with Crystallake or the rare Haswell/Broadwell with Crystalwell will crush it, as will most AMD A8/A10 APU's but really, that's about it. Lots of applications where a 1x card is useful.
  • Lythieus - Sunday, April 24, 2016 - link

    That is the exact application I would use it for. I have an X5670 based server I use it as a game and file server, running Windows. Onboard Matrox GPU with 16mb of ram. The windows environment is almost unusable with that. Luckily I found an old GeForce 7300LE in a draw with a 20w TDP to throw in, but my server is what that 710 is built for.
  • trevdawg94 - Friday, April 29, 2016 - link

    Same here, with a dual Xeon E5 2670 server. I can't even use Splashtop to remote in to the server currently due to the underpowered iGPU, and I can't even set the resolution to 1920x1080. This will save me from taking up one of the four PCIe x8 slots on the SuperMicro motherboard I have.

    When I searched for this card, it didn't show up as available on any US-based website on Google but Newegg does have it in stock. Here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...

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