MSI GeForce GT 710 Passive Silent 2 GB Graphics Card - Black £29.99 at Amazon
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MSI GeForce GT 710 Passive Silent 2 GB Graphics Card - Black £29.99 at Amazon

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Found 28th Jun
MSI GeForce GT 710 Passive Silent Graphics Card 2GB; 2GB MSI GeForce GT 710, Passive, Single Slot, PCIe 2.0 (x16), 1800MHz DDR3, GPU 954MHz, Cores 192, HDMI/DVI-D/VGA .

I know, 'you can't play many games on this', it's probably slow, the graphics aren't good, it's low profile, it doesn't have a fan, it's only 2GB, etc., etc..

But I'm not worried about any of that, I just want a cheap graphics card to improve on my on-board graphics, so thought this may do.

I think it's the cheapest it's been for some while.

Note: I did a search and can't find it listed already (but I'm sure some bright spark will be able too).

P.S. In stock 7 July.

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If you want it to improve on integrated performance you may end up disappointed as this will barely be faster. Many reviews say you should only choose this for its feature set not performance. The 2GB RAM is all but wasted, 1GB is probably fine for this.

Thanks OP. Will be useful upgrading my old HP Microserver, that's been gathering dust.
edit: it's not a prime-only deal.
Edited by: "buddhabelly" 28th Jun

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buddhabelly

Thanks OP. Will be useful upgrading my old HP Microserver, that's been … Thanks OP. Will be useful upgrading my old HP Microserver, that's been gathering dust.edit: it's not a prime-only deal.



That's good, thanks for the clarification on the 'Prime' status (I wasn't sure; but now updated).
Edited by: "Sunrayho" 28th Jun

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plewis00

If you want it to improve on integrated performance you may end up … If you want it to improve on integrated performance you may end up disappointed as this will barely be faster. Many reviews say you should only choose this for its feature set not performance. The 2GB RAM is all but wasted, 1GB is probably fine for this.



Great, thanks for the info - Liked. I decided to spend the extra £6 for the 2GB; but maybe I didn't need to in that case. I couldn't find anything much less expensive though; and certainly couldn't justify spending much more for my 'minimal' graphics needs.

nice for a media pc, tho i imagine 1gb would be fine for that.

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bigmike20vt

nice for a media pc, tho i imagine 1gb would be fine for that.



Yup, that's exactly it, the HDMI port; and (as mentioned above) just £6 for the extra 1GB, so . . .

If you're buying this for some minor functional reason like you need a specific output then yeah, it's an ok deal. For you're looking for a meaningful improvement to gaming performance over integrated graphics, however minimal, you're throwing money away. Save a little extra and buy used, you can get something substantially better for as little as £45 from CEX and have the safety net of their customer support should the card come with a fault.

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Edited by: "ElGofre" 28th Jun

Sunrayho1 h, 10 m ago

Yup, that's exactly it, the HDMI port; and (as mentioned above) just £6 …Yup, that's exactly it, the HDMI port; and (as mentioned above) just £6 for the extra 1GB, so . . .


Worth the extra £30 to get a 1030, bang up to date with hdmi 2 for 4k60hz, h265 decoding etc.

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ElGofre

If you're buying this for some minor functional reason like you need a … If you're buying this for some minor functional reason like you need a specific output then yeah, it's an ok deal. For you're looking for a meaningful improvement to gaming performance over integrated graphics, however minimal, you're throwing money away. Save a little extra and buy used, you can get something substantially better for as little as £45 from CEX and have the safety net of their customer support should the card come with a fault. https://uk.m.webuy.com/search?sPage=1&is=1&stext=GTX%20660&sortOn=sellprice_asc&sPgSize=25https://uk.m.webuy.com/search?sPage=1&is=1&stext=GTX%20750&sortOn=sellprice_asc&sPgSize=25https://uk.m.webuy.com/search?sPage=1&is=1&stext=R9%20270&sortOn=sellprice_asc&sPgSize=25https://uk.m.webuy.com/search?sPage=1&is=1&stext=R9%20360&sortOn=sort_by_relevance&sPgSize=25



Thanks for the info. Yes as mentioned, I certainly wouldn't expect this card to do any gaming at all; and if you are into gaming I would expect you to fully be aware of this and know that you are going to have to pay a lot more that £30 for it (but I guess £45 is okay; but personally I don't do gaming at all!).

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b1g1an

Worth the extra £30 to get a 1030, bang up to date with hdmi 2 for … Worth the extra £30 to get a 1030, bang up to date with hdmi 2 for 4k60hz, h265 decoding etc.



Yup; and how much extra for the 4K monitor? Will the 'twice the price' get me twice as good a performance on my fairly old monitor I wonder?

Sunrayho

Yup; and how much extra for the 4K monitor? Will the 'twice the price' … Yup; and how much extra for the 4K monitor? Will the 'twice the price' get me twice as good a performance on my fairly old monitor I wonder?


It doesn't matter for monitors (since they likely support displayport), it matters for TVs. It's kinda hard to buy a TV without 4K 60Hz support these days and you'd need a newer card to output it, though what you'd output I don't know, the content seems a bit lacking apart from on youtube. H.265 support is important though since that's the new standard and just like computers without h.264 decoding are kinda useless for any video these days, you'll need it for media consumption in future.
Edited by: "CampGareth" 28th Jun

Sunrayho

Thanks for the info. Yes as mentioned, I certainly wouldn't expect this … Thanks for the info. Yes as mentioned, I certainly wouldn't expect this card to do any gaming at all; and if you are into gaming I would expect you to fully be aware of this and know that you are going to have to pay a lot more that £30 for it (but I guess £45 is okay; but personally I don't do gaming at all!).



To be fair it does need spelling out for some people, I've had a number of people on the forum I used to mod buying these shi*tty cards because they were told "dedicated graphics card = awesome gaming performance" regardless of budget by Currys staff and then wondering why The Witcher's frame rates are in single digits.

Edited by: "ElGofre" 28th Jun

Perfect for an older OEM machine, where there is no HDMI port, and with space and/or power restrictions.

Will take a load off the cpu when watching higher def content, eliminate skipped frames etc. £30 investment mean you can squeeze another few years of life out of an older box.

Sunrayho52 m ago

Yup; and how much extra for the 4K monitor? Will the 'twice the price' …Yup; and how much extra for the 4K monitor? Will the 'twice the price' get me twice as good a performance on my fairly old monitor I wonder?



It'll get you something up to date, that'll last a fair few years and give room to update if you want to as well. As opposed to a card that is already past it's end of life, though if you are watching on your monitor I don't see why you'd want a separate media pc.

Dependant on what you want to use it for, you'd get significantly more than double the performance.

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b1g1an

It'll get you something up to date, that'll last a fair few years and … It'll get you something up to date, that'll last a fair few years and give room to update if you want to as well. As opposed to a card that is already past it's end of life, though if you are watching on your monitor I don't see why you'd want a separate media pc.Dependant on what you want to use it for, you'd get significantly more than double the performance.



Thanks for the info, appreciated, I probably am getting confused regarding a media PC. I only use my PC for this sort of surfing stuff, YouTube very rarely, a few news item clips; things like that. Anything decent I will view on the home theatre system from my Server through my media player. My Dell Vostro with i5 processer is rather old now and, although I have installed maximum memory (for 32 bit OS); and an SSD, I just wanted to improve the graphics a bit to give me another year or so from the PC, which actually does everything I want it to right now.

I bought one of these a few months ago to replace the card which came with my 8-year-old Dell Vostro desktop. That card was so old that it wouldn't allow Chrome to play videos on the BBC News website - they were just solid green.

The GT 710 card is much more up-to-date, and the BBC website videos work perfectly now. I also like the fact that the card has no fan.

So, for me, I'm very happy with the improvement for the price. Hot.

Sunrayho

Yup, that's exactly it, the HDMI port; and (as mentioned above) just £6 … Yup, that's exactly it, the HDMI port; and (as mentioned above) just £6 for the extra 1GB, so . . .



That R9 360 looks a great price, not sure if the £15 more for the 270x is the better deal though.I have £48 CEX vouchers so might just get the R9 360 for a stop gap card.

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dwvl

I bought one of these a few months ago to replace the card which came … I bought one of these a few months ago to replace the card which came with my 8-year-old Dell Vostro desktop. That card was so old that it wouldn't allow Chrome to play videos on the BBC News website - they were just solid green.The GT 710 card is much more up-to-date, and the BBC website videos work perfectly now. I also like the fact that the card has no fan.So, for me, I'm very happy with the improvement for the price. Hot.



Phew, thanks for that, I was starting to get a bit worried about my purchase thinking I had made a disasterous choice!

Cold can get a 1080ti for an extra 600

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jimhuf

Cold can get a 1080ti for an extra 600



Lol

b1g1an

Worth the extra £30 to get a 1030, bang up to date with hdmi 2 for … Worth the extra £30 to get a 1030, bang up to date with hdmi 2 for 4k60hz, h265 decoding etc.



I recently bought a used SFF PC on the cheap on ebay (i5 4570) and fitted it with a GT 1030. Paired with a 900p (1440x900 75hz IPS) monitor it's a pretty spiffy machine overall, running GTA V on high settings (including high textures with less than 20mb of VRAM to spare) at between 58 and 110fps on the included benchmark. Not bad for a PC that only set me back around £200 as a pet project.

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Well, I'm so glad I didn't listen to all of the doubting contributors views (although the advice was always welcome). I have now installed the new GT 710 Graphics card and it has made a lot of difference, I'm really pleased with my PC again; and the Upgrade was worth the £30 (being my budget limit for this Upgrade). The next upgrade will actually be a new PC, when I feel the need!
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