The Zotac GT 710 (ZT-71304-20L) will not top the benchmark charts but it does have some interesting features. The Kepler GK208 processor is clocked at 954 MHz and has compute performance of around 150 GFLOPS.
The low cost of the GT 710 is below the price of even as single popular high-end game.
First off the one version of the card using a PCI Express x1 slot which means it can be installed in any available slot. Many machines have available PCI Express x1 slots which is the niche that Zotac is pursuing.
Zotac also has x16 versions of the GT 710 for those who have full size slots. The convention x16 card is the most popular version by far.
The card is passively cooled like our older Asus EAH5450 but the Zotac GT 710 is made at 28nm which has a few advantages. The GT 710 has only 1 Kepler 2.0 SMX unit which does limit the capability. Our EVGA GT 640 has 2 SMX units,
Outside games like Clicker Heroes, the Zotac GT 710 is not very suitable for gaming. Instead this card is aimed at integrated graphics users who may need to modernize. Zotac has HDMI which is now the most popular display connection and the card can support up to 3 displays.
- PCI Express 2.0
- GK208 (Kepler 2.0)
- 950 MHz
- 87mm² die size
- x1 or x16 lanes
- 1GB or 2GB
- VGA, HDMI 1.4, DVI-I
- 192 CUDA
The Zotac GT 710 is equipped with 1GB of DDR3-1600 memory featuring roughly 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 (25W) power consumption and does not require active cooling (which means, it is also whisper quiet). The idle power is very attractive as well.
We expect most will use this card for an extra display or for a media center rig. Unless you are hard up for a slot, there are better cards that can use the full x16 slot. Clearly this card is aimed at a very small niche. The mainstream version of the GT 710 is x16 half height.
HDMI is the option we tested the card with, which quickly demonstrated how bad the sound is with PC LCD panels. HDMI is a separate sound system so it can be disabled in favor of better sounding solutions.
We use some low cost Altec Lansing speakers that are drastically better sounding than the PA238QR panel. Video cards with HDMI invariably have integrated audio which works fine with a suitable home theatre system. The Altec Lansing speakers have ports for audio in and out making them equally flexible.
GAMES WE TRIED
The games we tried work well at 1024×768 resolution. They also work fine at 1280×1024. Generally older games will work best with the GT 710.
We have compiled a list of games that work on the GT 710.
|GTX 260||GTX 470||GTX 570||ZOTAC GT 710|
|Core Clock (MHz)||576||607||732||954|
|Shader Clock (MHz)||1242||1215||1644||N/A|
|Memory Clock (MHz)||999||1647||1900||667|
|VRAM Size||896 MB||1280 MB||1280 MB||1024 MB|
|Feature Size||65 nm||40 nm||40 nm||28 nm|
At idle you can expect a temperature of 28-35° C but once pushed to 100%, the temperatures will rise to ~70-80° C. The passive cooler eliminates noise complaints.
|CHASSIS||RaidMax Mid Tower Chassis|
|MB||Asus P8H61 LE/CSM|
|RAM||4096MB Kingston DDR3-1333|
|GPU||Zotac GT 710|
|KB/M||Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 & Wacom Bamboo Capture|
All of the benchmarks are available here.
We use video conversion tools as part of the creation of game video files. Using a CUDA enabled converter with H.264 can be as much as 2x faster. Using 2 threads is enough to raise the GPU usage to 90% as the encoder executes discrete cosine transforms in vast numbers. Most modern video tools now have options for both AMD and NVIDIA users.
A a games developer conference in early 2014, Microsoft announced DirectX 12 which will ship with the next Windows release. DX12 is a refinement intended to take better advantage of the multithreaded capability of DX11 cards.
In general any gaming grade DX11 card will run DX12 fine. NVIDIA Kepler and Maxwell both very suitable. DX12 will be rapidly supported by games in 2015 following the next Windows release.
The Zotac GT 710 is a low cost solution for a media center PC if all you want is to revive an old rig. Extra displays are another angle for the card. A restaurant could feed televisions easily with this card. Being single slot and using a DVI-HDMI adapter, 2 HDMI 60″ televisions can be driven with menus etc.
Classic Xbox/PS2 period games will work find on the GT 710.