NVIDIA Silently Releases GeForce GT 720

Written by Paulo Proenca on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 3:00 PM

NVIDIA has released yet another entry-level Graphics Cards. This time the GeForce GT 720 hits the shelves... and with 2 versions.

The Nvidia GeForce GT 720 is another attempt from NVIDIA to win back the budget segment of the gaming market. While AMD has released complete rebrands of the previous HD 7000 Series, NVIDIA releases yet another Graphics Card with the extremely energy efficient Kepler GK208 Core. Could it be enough to win the segment back? We've taken a detailed look at the card.

GeForce GT 720

  • 1 SMX allowing a count of 192 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs;
  • 797MHz Core-Clock with no Boost of any kind;
  • 64-bit memory interface;
  • Frame buffer of up to 2GB:
  • Operating memory clock of 900MHz if paired with DDR3, and of 1250MHz if equipped with fast GDDR5;
  • Rated Board TDP of just 19 Watts.
  • DirectX 12.0 support (11.0 hardware default), Open GL 4.4 support (4.0 hardware default) and even 3D Vision Ready.

As you can see the GeForce GT 720 comes in 2 flavors: a common DDR3 version and a rare faster GDDR5. We have these 2 versions in Game-Debate. The GeForce GT 720 stands for the DDR3 version and the GeForce GT 720 v2 for the faster GDDR5 version.

While the GeForce GT 720 offers very limited performance and should only be used for gaming below 720p, GeForce GT 720 v2 can be used for 720p gaming. Neither card, however, offers much of an upgrade over today's powerful integrated graphics, such as the Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 or the AMD Radeon R7 7850K.

What that really means is that it's a card you want to avoid if your processor already integrates one of the above and one you should only consider upgrading to if you have really weak graphics paired with a weak PSU.

Let us hope that August has more exciting news in store for us in the gaming market. We're all waiting for the upcoming AMD Tonga Radeon R9 285 and NVIDIA's Maxwell GeForce GTX 870 & GeForce GTX 880. Where are you? We need you.

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16:56 Aug-16-2014

Meh... Intel HD 4600 iGPU is enough for anyone with an Intel based rig not wanting to do any serious gaming or for those waiting to buy a new upper middle class or high end dedicated GPU at a later time...

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17:49 Aug-16-2014

Intel HDs do pretty well at lower resolutions, but for 1080p something like GTX760 or R9 280 is the way to go :)

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15:10 Aug-16-2014

silently? the spammed their FB page about that ×Đ

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01:13 Aug-16-2014

Decent low-end card really...

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19:45 Aug-15-2014

Intel HD Graphics, "Wow! thats cute!"

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17:51 Aug-15-2014

cute little card ^^

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17:54 Aug-15-2014

Lol xD

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16:56 Aug-15-2014

I don't think that gaming is a appropriate name for this graphics card, unless you play like Source games. Global Offensive at medium settings.

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17:06 Aug-15-2014

there are many games you can run on these cards...

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17:24 Aug-15-2014

Yes, I know. For modern games, I don't think it would satisfy the customer.

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20:54 Aug-15-2014

I'd have to agree, this is just a general GFX card, sure it can game a bit, but for Nvidia their gaming line really starts with GTX, anything in the GT line is really intended for basic use.

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21:18 Aug-15-2014

the lowest i would go is gt *40 series

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02:34 Aug-16-2014

I hear you there geforce, but I can't tell you how many times I've put these cards in for customers on a budget that just need better graphics. Like skippy said its for old pc's thst have much, much worse onboard graphics and a &#60 300w power supply.

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02:48 Aug-16-2014

Forgot to specify lower end cards not the 720. But I will try these next.

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15:55 Aug-15-2014

Isn't it the A10 - 7850k with the power between a R7 240 / 250?

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16:20 Aug-15-2014

Its more like between 250 and 260 and I think the optimization is better on those. Why? Cause the next gen system and the APU are almost identical.

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20:59 Aug-15-2014

Not from what I've seen, the 250 is generally a little better, and if we're talking about a GDDR5 version ALOT better.

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15:22 Aug-15-2014

Its for people with older PC's with weak PSU and older screens . Trust me there is still a market for these.

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16:43 Aug-15-2014

nobody said there isn't a market, I just said it is owned by integrated graphics :P

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17:53 Aug-15-2014

Actually... Like mentioned earlier... Gtx 750ti can easily be powered by even a 250W PSU. Tough it makes no sense cuz a CPU to go with it will push the PSU to the limits... Gtx 750 is more sensible cuz it can be paired up with an i3

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20:48 Aug-15-2014

The only problem is that older Dell, HP, Acer, etc have a BIOS that alot of times won't recognize newer graphics cards, this is happening alot with maxwell based cards unfortunately, otherwise a 750 TI would be an absolutely AMAZING upgrade for someone working with an older factory built machine.

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22:01 Aug-15-2014

that I didn't know. Thanks for the heads up!

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15:11 Aug-15-2014

They should have just used maxwell like they did with the 750 (Ti). They could have gave it a little more performance while still having it use less power.

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16:43 Aug-15-2014

yes, a Maxwell entry level core would be the real deal. Perhaps they are saving it for the 800 Series?

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00:21 Aug-16-2014

Maybe, but I honestly wouldn't see the point, it would at least allow more people to see what maxwell can do.

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13:53 Aug-16-2014

they did that already....the 750/750ti. nvidia did something new (for desktops) by releasing a card that is the new generation of gpu as part of the previous generation series of cards. only in laptops has that happened.

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