Nvidia has quietly released a surprise new GPU – but it’s not what you think

Chances are the Nvidia GeForce GT 1010 announcement may have slipped under your radar, what with all the recent buzz surrounding the latest generation of powerful new Ampere-powered graphics processing units (or GPUs).

Or rather, it would have slipped past us if an announcement had been made at all – but instead the new GeForce GT 1010 was silently listed on the Nvidia driver download page with no fanfare or fuss, only bought to public attention thanks to Videocardz with the help of YouTuber Dapz and TechPowerUp

The GeForce GT 1010 is based on the two-year-old Pascal architecture, and will succeed the Keplar-based GeForce GT 710, replacing it as the most entry-level graphics card available from Nvidia. There is no official mention of price, however the GeForce GT 710 retails for around $60 (around £45, AU$80) so we expect to see the GT 1010 fall into a similar price bracket.

With so little power behind it, it goes without saying that this isn’t designed as a gaming GPU, and would be more suitable as a display adapter for home-theatre PCs (known as HTPCs). You could also use this video card for other builds that do not require heavy graphic rendering, such as a basic office PC.

This might come as a disappointment for anyone hoping Nvidia would drop another addition to its new generation of gaming GPUs. If you’re wondering when it might become easier to buy one of the latest Nvidia RTX 3000 series cards, the answer is – sadly – not any time soon.

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