Pureoverclock: PC Hardware reviews and news for overclockers!

 

Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce Review

6
Posted March 21, 2014 by Jake in Video Cards

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $170
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Solid budget-range performance; Impressively low temperatures; Low noise at load; Great price
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Factory overclock is very conservative
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Great combination of value, enticing features, and performance for those on a modest budget.
by Jake
Full Article
»


Introduction

When we heard that Nvidia had finished the Kepler product launches with the GeForc GTX 760, we noticed a distinct lack of models occupying the lower-tier range, with products suited to budget performance. As a result, there was a glaring hole below this rung on Nvidia’s performance ladder, unless you counted the previous-generation GTX 600 series products. Hardly anything new, though. But that recently changed when we saw the launch of the GTX 750 Ti, the first in Nvidia’s new series of Maxwell products. Out with Kepler, in with Maxwell.

Maxwell promises better energy efficiency and lower power consumption, two hallmarks of graphics cards that need to appeal to consumers on a budget, and especially those looking for an upgrade that won’t require a new power supply. It’s also a boon to anyone considering an HTPC, or even better, a small form box that can pull double duty as a media box and still handle moderate gaming without being reduced to a slideshow for framerates.

Today we’re specifically looking at the Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce, a budget-oriented card that comes with a factory overclock out of the box and a cooler design that promises very low temperatures, while looking to trounce AMD’s R7 260X not only in performance, but also power efficiency.

Let’s take a closer look and get it on the bench to see if real world tests can fulfill Nvidia’s aspirations.

»


6 Comments


  1.  
    rostan

    What about the comparation between this gigabyte version against the MSI version? Is it worth the differences? Thx in advance.




    •  

      Not exactly what you sure you mean by “worth it” for the differences? One is not significantly more money, so perhaps in terms of features to be gained?

      The Gigabyte cards runs just a bit cooler and quieter, but the MSI has a more aggressive overclock out of the box. The Gigabyte does have the potential for higher manual overclocks. So in terms of raw performance, the MSI is better out of the box, but Gigabyte is the smaller, lighter, quieter and cooler card. Not by much on either though, they are extremely closely match in overall benefits, but a few individual differences to each. If you’re more interested in framerate/overclocking performance then go with the MSI, but if you want a HTPC card, then the Gigabyte is the better choice.

      Thanks for reading!
      Both are excellent buys though, you really can’t go wrong.




      •  
        rostan

        Thx for the answer, it’s clear enough. But what about the OC potential of both cards (gigabyte vs MSI)? Is it true that the extra power connector makes the difference for the gigabyte version?




        •  

          Not necessarily. There’s a limit as to what the card can reasonably handle both in terms of power draw and overclock. There isn’t much left in the tank for the MSI card; diminishing returns, really. The argument could be made that the power connector on the Gigabyte card could provide better long term stability for really high overclocks though.

          That said, keep in mind these are lower-end budget cards. Even a “MASSIVE” 25% overclock may only translate to a real world difference of 5 FPS at 1920 resolution. Not sure about you, but doubt I could see the difference between 22 and 27 FPS, for example. If a performance boost is that critical, just spend the extra bit of cash and get a more powerful card.

          Food for thought.




  2.  
    Casecutter

    Well, all the graphs here provide is that at such setting, it’s not much for 1920x, and for $170 that’s not impressive! Would rather see adjusted settings that keep the 1980x average more in the 35-45Fps “playable” range.

    Here’s my thinking it’s nothing more than an “entry gaming” card that’s basically the reincarnation of the HD 5670 from 4 years ago. Same basic “plug-n-play” card that permits “medium” settings on (what was at that time) the mainstream 1680x resolution. Today that resolution is clearly 1080p, but now the price has jumped like 110%… that’s not progress, it’s just a 5670 for today… and today entry gaming has an exorbitant price!




  3.  
    Gruia

    Damn, its the old GB card. THey have a new version with an out of the box OC

    But anyway, from what I tested and read on the internet, most cards that have Samsung memories will reach 1300 6500 timings with ease.

    Who cares about the rest )

    I’m sitting on this card at 1.4 6600 with 1.2V





Leave a Response

(required)


Find us on Google+