Nvidia has been releasing plenty of high performance graphics cards lately, some might wonder if the company remembers its less hardcore consumers. Surprisingly, it did. Nvidia is rumoured to launch the low-end GeForce GT 930 graphics card early next year. Interestingly, Nvidia decided that one architecture wasn’t enough for this card, so it used three instead.
Making a graphics card based on one architecture is a norm, but making a graphics card based on three architectures is something that’s unheard of. The GeForce GT 930 will be available in three options: Maxwell, Kepler and Fermi architectures. Obviously, the newest generation would be the Maxwell while the oldest being the Fermi.
The GT 930 will replace the already ageing GT 730. The first variant of the GT 930 would be made using the Maxwell GM108 microarchitecture. In addition to that, the graphics card will include a 4GB DDR3 VRAM and it has a power consumption of around 15W. The Maxwell GT 930 would be the most expensive variant which will supposedly retail for a price of US$90 (about RM390).
The next option of the GeForce GT 930 would be made using the Kepler GK208 microarchitecture. Interestingly, the Kepler version comes with two VRAM options, which include either 4GB of DDR3 or GDDR5 VRAM. Bear in mind that since Kepler is an old architecture, the power consumption (25W/40W) is higher compared to the newer Maxwell architecture. The Keplar GT 930 will be priced at US$80 (about RM345) for the DDR3 version and US$85 (around RM365) for the GDDR5 version.
Finally, the last option of the GT 930 would be made using the Fermi GF108 microarchitecture. Since the Fermi architecture is the oldest amongst the other two options, it’s no surprise that the graphics card would be the least powerful (and most affordable). The Fermi GT 930 only has up to 2GB of DDR3 VRAM and consumes a lot more power (50W) compared to the two other variants. It will retail for a price of US$60 (about RM260).
Let’s make it very clear here: these cards aren’t meant to run GTA V on ultra settings and definitely won’t be able to run some of the more graphically intensive games that has been released recently. Instead, the GT 930 is aimed at consumers that aren’t serious with gaming, but instead, wants to watch HD movies and maybe play some casual games without having to spend a lot of money. Bear in mind that Nvidia hasn’t officially announced the release of the GeForce GT 930, but an announcement can be expected soon.