Nvidia just revealed the newest addition to the company’s GeForce-branded roster of graphics cards. Dubbed the GT 730, this new card is possibly the furthest thing that Nvidia could have released after it launched the $3,000 Titan Z late last month.
The Nvidia GeForce GT 730 will come in one of three flavors. One model will sport 96 cores, a base clock of 700MHz, and 1GB of 128-bit DDR3 RAM clocked at 1.8Gbps. The next model up on the food chain bumps the cores and the base clock to 384 and 902MHz, respectively. The DDR3 RAM gets doubled to 2GB, but the memory interface gets bumped down to 64-bit. Finally, there’s the “high end” version of the GeForce GT 730, which maintains the same amount of cores and base clock speed, ups the memory clock to 5Gbps, and replaces the DDR3 memory with 64-bit GDDR5 RAM. However, this version will see its memory count sliced in half to 1GB. A version of the GT 730 with 4GB of RAM should be available at some point.
Each of these cards supports a maximum resolution of 2560×1600, as well as DirectX 12. On the back, you’ll find HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort connectors. Exact pricing details are currently unavailable, but one report claims that the GT 730 is expected to sell for under $89.
Regardless of what model you’re talking about, the GeForce GT 730 is no powerhouse, and is probably best fit for someone rocking an integrated graphics chip from a few years back, or a PC that can’t accommodate a larger, more powerful graphics card that can be relegated to home theater duty. However, if you want a decent, gaming-capable graphics card without spending a fortune, we recommend you save up a bit, and opt for a card based on Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 750Ti. With the 750Ti, you’ll be able to do some mid-range gaming without sacrificing an arm and a leg.
Though the MSRP for the 750Ti is roughly $150, if you just look around for a bit on the Internet, you can find one for significantly cheaper. For instance, Newegg is selling this MSI variant, which is overclocked and includes 2GB of GDDR5 RAM, for $119.99 (with rebate card).
Release date information for the GeForce GT 730 is unavailable.
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