Nvidia has announced a new entry-level graphics card, the GeForce GT 720, with which it hopes to grab a bigger slice of the ultra-budget market.
Based on the GK208 graphics processor on a 28nm production node, the GeForce GT 720 reference design includes 192 CUDA cores running at 797MHz base clock. Buyers will be given a choice of 1GB of 2GB of DDR3 or GDDR5 memory, both of which are connected to the GPU over a 64-bit bus allowing for 14.4GB/s bandwidth on the DDR3 model or 40GB/s on the GDDR5 version.
The cards support OpenGL 4.4 and DirectX 12 with a Feature Level of 11_0, and connect to the host system via a PCI Express 2.0 slot. Interestingly, Nvidia has opted to pile all its various features onto the card despite its entry level status: the board supports CUDA GPGPU offload, PhysX physics acceleration, FXAA, adaptive V-Sync, and 3D Vision, while featuring dual-link DVI-D, HDMI and VGA outputs capable of driving up to three external displays of 3,840x2,160 resolution dropping to 2,048x1,536 on the VGA port.
As an entry level card, it's perhaps unsurprising to find the GeForce GT 720 featuring a passive heatsink - albeit one that extends the board to a double-slot width, despite its diminutive footprint - which keeps its 19W TDP under control.
While Nvidia's various board partners have all announced their own variants on the company's reference design, none have gone so far as to confirm a launch date and pricing beyond 'soon
' and a likely sub-$50 US recommended retail price. Full details of Nvidia's reference card are available on the official website