Graphics Cards Guide
NVIDIA Releases Budget GT 740 Graphics Series
NVIDIA has launched the GT 740 graphics cards series that is targeted at budget desktops. There are two versions in this new series; the first variant features GDDR5 video memory, while the second offers DDR3.
At the moment, Palit has fleshed out the new GT 740 series with six graphics cards. The top-end Palit GT 740 OC naturally features GDDR5 video memory, and is offered with two memory sizes; 1- or 2GB. The memory modules are rated to operate at 5000MHz, over a 128-bit wide interface. The card’s GPU has a base clock of 1058MHz. There is a non-overclocked version in the form of the Palit GT 740, and like its overclocked counterpart, the former features either 1- or 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. However, its GPU is rated to operate at only 993MHz.
As mentioned earlier, the final version GT 740 offers DDR3 video memory. Not only is the video memory different, this variant comes in the form of a low profile graphics card that features either 1- or 2GB of DDR3 video memory, with a 128-bit wide interface. The DDR3 memory chips are rated to operate at 1,782MHz, while its GPU has a base clock speed of 993MHz.
Zotac is another add-in partner offering its own GT 740 series. With a total of four such cards, the company hasn’t offered any overclocked version yet. Instead, its regular GT 740 series comes with two memory sizes of 1- or 2GB of GDDR5 video memory that is rated to operate at 5000MHz. Being regular Joes, the base clock of the cards are kept at the default value of 993MHz. Zotac also offers two more low profile cards, with DDR3 video memory. Each card has either 1GB of GDDR5 or 2GB of DDR3 video memory; while its GPU base clock is the same, at 993MHz.
In terms of video connectivity options, both the reference NVIDIA GT 740 cards offer a pair of dual-link DVI ports, and a mini-HDMI interface. Do check out the respective companies’ product pages for more details.