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.