The worst GPU supply shortage ever, MSI silently “revived” the 8-year-old GPU line

The worst GPU supply shortage ever, MSI silently “revived” the 8-year-old GPU line


2021-06-11 18:11:44

The global graphics card market is in an unprecedented supply shortage, causing the price of GPUs to increase almost uncontrollably, while the demand from the market has shown no signs of cooling down. Basically, there are two main causes for this problem:

  • The first is the shortage of GPU components in the context of high demand in the market. In addition, there is a disruption in the supply chain due to the impact of the pandemic.
  • Second, countless graphics boards are purchased for pre-retail mining, which greatly reduces the already limited supply.

The leading PC hardware manufacturers are trying to end this situation as soon as possible, and one of the leading flags is MSI. The Taiwanese PC manufacturer has quietly launched a “new” low-cost graphics card model called GeForce GT 730.

As the name suggests, this GPU model is developed by MSI based on, or rather improved from, the GeForce 700 product line that NVIDIA has launched since 2013, using the Fermi, Kepler and later Maxwell architectures. . This is generally a fairly successful GPU line, good price / performance, but certainly not a reasonable name for “hardcore” gamers.

MSI GeForce GT 730

That is not to say that this is a too weak GPU model. In fact, the GeForce GT 730 is a great choice for those looking for a more graphics-intensive solution that can provide features that an on-chip integrated GPU can’t, but the purse is not too luxuriant.

The MSI GeForce GT 730 (N730K-2GD3H/LPV1) runs at 902MHz, uses 384 CUDA cores and is equipped with 2GB of DDR3 memory running at 1,600MHz. This GPU consumes only 23W of power and therefore can be used with 300W power supplies. Notably, the GeForce GT 730 will also support DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4 and screen resolutions up to 4,096 x 2,160. Built-in connectivity ports include DVI, HDMI 1.4, and D-sub, giving the GPU the ability to support 3 displays simultaneously.

The MSI GeForce GT 730 will be sold first in Japan for only 42 USD (about 950,000 VND), an extremely reasonable price. However, MSI has not yet revealed its plans to launch the product in other markets globally. And whether the company can produce this GPU model in large enough quantities is still an unanswered question. It all depends on the actual situation of the market.


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