Thursday, May 29th 2014

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GT 740

NVIDIA announced its entry-level graphics card offering for the 700 series, the GeForce GTX 740. A rebadge of the GT 640, the card is based on the GK107 GPU, based on the "Kepler" micro-architecture. It features 384 CUDA cores, 32 TMUs, and 16 ROPs. Also featured is a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 1 GB of memory. 2 GB variants will also be available. The card has a TDP of just 64W, and should make do with slot-supplied power, although some variants with 2 GB or factory overclocks, should feature a 6-pin PCIe power input. NVIDIA hopes to capture the sub-$100 market with this card. It faces competition from integrated solutions such as AMD A-Series APUs, and Intel Iris Pro 5000 series.
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7 Comments on NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GT 740

#1
9700 Pro
Nah, just a rebrand of a low-end card. Move along, nothing to see here.
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Casecutter
Well the second in a week for green team marketing, "let’s just slip this in here" and hope it doesn’t get too much squealing...

Yep just a rebadged down-marketing of the 650 version of the GK107, which was a serious dud in all respects back Sept 2012. Now just a bunch of AIB "gussied-up" customs that appear to all require the 6-pins if at the 650’s old 1058Mhz clocks (now called OC’d). The only ones that have merit can be in half-height which can be a good product. Although, with this minimal Nvidia press push, or reference release information being promoted... and No stated MSRP just saying "it hopes to capture the sub-$100". Hard to say how it fits into the market as formal offering… it doesn’t/isn’t if Nvidia seems to be saying it up to the AIB to price and then hint that it's something akin to $100.

Now being it perhaps spars with the R7 250 (hard to say because there won't be many great reviews) in the no 6-pin half-height contest, but AMD can move "Orlando" in $70 range without issue. The R7 250X is the same as the Uber OC custom both have 6-pins, while there still a R7 260 (non-X) "Bonnier" that should bust it in the super entry BfB. While if you care about power and good gaming then this is busted by a GTX 750 Maxwell that has been $110-125. Wonder where the price of the old version of this... GTX 650 are pricing, the other day there was still a slug of Sku's at PCPricePickers.com (today it looks like it down or it not pulling up for me) that still commended just under $100-130.
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GreiverBlade
by: Casecutter
but AMD can move "Orlando"
aherm AMD can move a city? i thought my R7 240 was a "Oland"?
well the 750 doesn't beat a R7 265 and cost a bit more where i am, i still think for low entry gpu AMD has better offer than nV in the end ... and not mentioning Kaveri APU they barely need a 740 or 750 or any discrete gpu to be viable. (in casual gaming ofc and not being too picky on quality settings.)

also... "Bonaire" ;)
i did some test run with a R7 240 in a old SFF pc and some IGP test on a A10-7700K (CF: TPU nostalgic hardware club and my sig) i am itching to take a 740 for test purpose and do the same test pattern. (too prove the uselessness of that SKU)
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Casecutter
by: GreiverBlade
aherm AMD can move a city? i thought my R7 240 was a "Oland"?
well the 750 doesn't beat a R7 265 and cost a bit more where i am, i still think for low entry gpu AMD has better offer than nV in the end ... and not mentionint Kaveri APU they barely need a 740 or 750 or any discrete gpu to be viable. (in casual gaming ofc and not being too picky on quality settings.)

also... "Bonaire" ;)
i did some test run with a R7 240 in a old SFF pc and some IGP test on a A10-7700K (CF: TPU nostalgic hardware club and my sig) i am itching to take a 740 for test purpose and do the same test pattern. (too prove the uselessness of that SKU)
You got me... Oland and Bonaire. That's what I get for typing stuff in Word while believing I'm getting spell checking that understands what’s coming from my mind.

While I agree your affection to a R7 265 (aka 7850)... it is/was the first true inroad in inexpensive 1080p mainstream without juggling most settings, I just think it's just a little above this class of card(s) to be part of the discussion.
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GreiverBlade
by: Casecutter
You got me... Oland and Bonaire. That's what I get for typing stuff in Word while believing I'm getting spell checking that understands what’s coming from my mind.

While I agree your affection to a R7 265 (aka 7850)... it is/was the first true inroad in inexpensive 1080p mainstream without juggling most settings, I just think it's just a little above this class of card(s) to be part of the discussion.
at last you didn't write "Boner" instead of Bonaire or Bonnier :roll:

(PS my Gigabyte R9 270X 2gb WF3X BF4 ed did cost me less than a 750Ti, well since i won it in a giveaway from my favorite retail local shop... but they list it in the same pricerange of the 750Ti while Maxwell 750's have a good powerdraw ... i prefer having a bit more kick) i don't get it ... really 750/750Ti are Maxwell but 740 rebadge ... nV is looking less and less shiny at my eyes, both brand shine for me but Titan Z and the low end maxwell plus rebadge ... eh? seriously nVidia what the hell are you doing???
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