We’ve reached a point now where graphics cards are so hard to find, consumers are more relaxed about which model they end up buying as long as they get one. But there are limits to that, and MSI is really pushing them with its latest graphics card release.
As Tom’s Hardware reports, MSI has just launched a GeForce GT 730 graphics card. Nvidia launched the GeForce 700 series back in 2013 using the Fermi, Kepler, and then Maxwell architectures. This is certainly not a card you pick up to play the latest games with, but it does offer an inexpensive way to acquire some features your integrated GPU doesn’t have.
The MSI GeForce GT 730 (N730K-2GD3H/LPV1) runs at 902MHz, uses 384 CUDA cores, and includes 2GB of DDR3 memory running at 1,600MHz. It only consumes 23W of power and therefore can be used with a 300W power supply. It also supports DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, and display resolutions of up to 4,096 by 2,160. Three displays are supported using the DVI, HDMI, and D-sub ports on the card.
So far, the new card has only been listed as available in Japan where it will cost around $42. Whether it ends up being sold in the US officially may depend on just how desperate the market is for graphics cards and whether MSI can produce them in large enough quantities considering all the other demands on production lines right now.