GeForce 710M and GT 730M GPUs released by NVIDIA
Among the novelties that NVIDIA had to offer this past month we can include two new GPUs. The two new graphic cards that were released by this company are GeForce 710M and GeForce GT 730M. These two new graphic cards will take the place of GeForce 620M and 640M in NVIDIA’s line-up.
GeForce GT 730M
The GeForce 640M and the GT 730M have a lot of things in common. The GT 730M is basically the GK107 GPU. It has some increased performance when compared with the 640M, but otherwise it’s the same unit that was rebranded. As a result, the specs of the graphic card are the same. It has 1.17 billion transistors, a 128 bit memory interface, 16 ROPs, 32 Texture Units and a total of 384 CUDA cores.
Just how much RAM you’re going to get with it will depend on the laptop you’re going for. As you might’ve guest already from the M designation, these graphic cards are designed with laptops in mind. The chances that you will see it in a lot of laptops is quite slim, since the majority of the models sold these days have integrated graphics. When they do come with some extra GPU solution, it’s usually something stronger, to justify its addition alongside the integrated Intel HD4000.
As for the second graphic card announced by NVIDIA, the 710M, this one is basically a GF117 that was rebranded. It doesn’t have GT in its name, so it probably comes with 585 million transistors, a memory interface of 128 bit, 96 CUDA cores, 4 ROPs and 16 texture units.
The GPU’s both use the 28nm technology and we can expect many other Fermi and Kepler products that are rebranded in the future. The specs are not available yet, but NVIDIA will probably add them to their website soon.
You might be wondering what’s the point of releasing a model which is just a rebadge of an older GPU. The reason is mostly the OEM market, which likes to update on a yearly basis, even though the technology doesn’t always change as quickly. By rebadging their older GPU’s, they have a product to offer to OEMs, which can then say that they’re bringing something that appears to be an upgrade to the market. Unfortunately that’s the way the market works and it’s something to pay attention to when you’re shopping for an upgrade. Just because it says 740 instead of 620, it doesn’t mean that it’s better.