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Pascal Rides Again, Nvidia Launches the GeForce GT 1010

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In a strange turn of events, Nvidia quietly launched a new GPU, the GT 1010, a card which is based on five-year-old Pascal architecture. This news was discovered by YouTuber Dapz who also confirmed the existence of the GT 1010 via a live chat with an Nvidia representative. The GT 1010 is aimed towards very basic graphical workloads like 2D / 3D acceleration and Home Theaters so don't expect this card to be in our Best Graphics Cards of 2021 lineup. But the GT 1010 should be replacing the much older Kepler-based GT 710 with a healthy boost to performance. Luckily you should be able to snag a GT 1010 in the future as Nvidia's GT series GPUs are largely unaffected by the current graphics card shortage.

If you are wondering why Nvidia is resurrecting the Pascal architecture, it's due to how the GT series of cards operate in Nvidia's lineup. The GT series is designed around basic tasks like 2D/3D acceleration and providing additional display outputs for systems. Tasks like these can already be done with older architectures like Pascal, so implementing a much newer architecture into a GT card really isn't necessary.

The GT 1010 features the same GP108 core as the GT 1030 but disables a third of the shader cores to give the GT 1010 a total of 256 shader cores to work with (compared to the GT 1030 with 384 shader cores). 

For memory, the GT 1010 will come with one memory config, 2GB of GDDR5. Unlike the GT 1030 which comes in both GDDR5 and DDR4 variants. 

For power, the GT 1010 has a TDP of just 30Ws with a recommend PSU wattage of 200W, so this GPU should be compatible with almost any modern PC or pre-built that has an open PCI-E slot to spare.

Unfortunately, we still don't have any information on an MSRP; but our best guess is to expect the GT 1010 to cost similar to that of the GT 710 it's replacing.

  • hannibal
    Well the hoped low cost GPU every one has waited for :)
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  • athletics
    a bunch of blah.... is it hdmi 2.1 or hdmi 2.0?that is the only thing worth mentioning
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  • Flayed
    Could be a handy placeholder for a 3080 or 6800XT
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  • watzupken
    To be honest, I don't find this card meaningful unless it is significantly cheaper than the GT 1030.
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  • InvalidError
    watzupken said:
    To be honest, I don't find this card meaningful unless it is significantly cheaper than the GT 1030.
    If Nvidia is offering it, it likely is because there is enough demand from OEMs and corporate buyers for a direct GT710 successor to warrant it. Most of the market for this sort of ultra-budget GPUs is for desktop/office use and a GT1030 would be wasted on those since they aren't going to be used for anything beyond trivial 3D. In many cases, these are only used to drive additional display outputs.
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  • Stardude82
    Supply is tight everywhere for everything. Tons of old legacy motherboards with no video out or CPUs with no video out. Not surprised if a substantial fraction find themselves in 5950x machines.
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  • Endymio
    InvalidError said:
    Most of the market for this sort of ultra-budget GPUs is for desktop/office use...
    Any OEM builder would get higher performance at a much lower cost by using AMD's integrated graphics on their 3000 "g" series. I imagine the primary market here is, as @Stardude82 says, older legacy motherboards. It might find its way into some ultra-budget Intel machines as well.
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  • Zescion
    We'll see what scalpers will do this time :-)
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  • InvalidError
    Endymio said:
    I imagine the primary market here is, as @Stardude82 says, older legacy motherboards.
    Unless Nvidia puts legacy BIOS support on the GT1010, it will be useless on non-UEFI motherboards, especially those that don't have some form of on-board graphics to handle boot.
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  • Endymio
    InvalidError said:
    Unless Nvidia puts legacy BIOS support on the GT1010, it will be useless on non-UEFI motherboards, especially those that don't have some form of on-board graphics to handle boot.
    AFAIK, all the 710 boards support both bios and UEFI. Why wouldn't the 1010 also, given its intent as a direct upgrade?
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