At the very start of last year, January 2021, news got out of a potential GTX 1010 graphics card, a new entry-level GPU that would be the successor to the GT 710 and a notch below the GT 1030. This card appeared in NVIDIA’s driver website time and time again, making it clear that this is, in fact, a real product that actually exists. Despite that, however, we never got to see it in real life, not with AIBs, not even in any OEM builds.
A full year later, the mysterious GT 1010 returns with its first benchmark leak possibly ever. Spotted by Benchleaks, the card was tested on Geekbench 5 and let’s just say, it’s not exactly powerful. The card is approximately 35% slower than the GT 1030 and over 3000% slower than the RTX 3090. But, it is slightly more capable than the GT 710, though.
[GB5 GPU] Unknown GPU
CPU: Intel Core i9-12900K (16C 24T)
Min/Max/Avg: 5079/5096/5090 MHz
CPUID: 90672 (GenuineIntel)
GPU: GeForce GT 1010
Score: 7677, -92.7% vs RTX 3070https://t.co/loh73U04JZ
— Benchleaks (@BenchLeaks) January 18, 2022
Scores and specs
The Geekbench leak confrims the specs of the card as well. We already knew it was using the GP-108 GPU based on NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture thanks to the driver webpage. Now, it’s all but confirmed that the card features 256 CUDA Cores clocked in at 1.228Ghz with a boost clock of up to 1.468Ghz. We also see 2GB of GDDR5 memory across a 64-bit wide bus interface, lending the card a memory clock of 6Gbps. With a 30W TDP, the card has 0.7 TFLOPs of power, for context, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro smartphone has 1.27 TFLOPs.
The GT 1010 managed to score around 7000 points in all three APIs in the benchmarks: 7730 in CUDA, 7677 in Vulkan, 7983 in OpenCL. In comparison, the GT 1030 scores around 10,000 points in all of those benchmarks. Even worse, Intel‘s Iris Xe integrated GPUs manage to net 13-14,000 points in these benchmarks regularly making them pretty much twice as fast as the GT 1010.
This clearly looks like a DOA but wait, there’s more. The one use case I can think of for the GT 1010 is extra video outputs. Systems that need more display connectivity can benefit from a GPU like this as it offers at least two video ports, 1x DVI and 1xHDMI. At a suggested price of $40, that makes it a pretty easy choice for users who need the additional video outputs, for instance, in HTPC setups.
But we still don’t know anything about the card’s release date so who knows if this will ever see the light of day. The benchmark leaks certainly suggests so; if it has been tested then surely a nearby release is imminent, right? Maybe we just have to wait another year to finally get the release info in January 2023.