The simple fact right up front here is that the GeForce GTX 750Ti continues what we saw with the Kepler lineup, by taking what made Kepler great and pushing things further as a refinement in the budget performance range. Improving upon its 600-series predecessors in nearly every regard, from performance and features, to temperatures versus power approach, this new card is impressive.
We wondered why Nvidia was stopping their new Kepler lineup with the GTX 760, and part of the reason became evident during testing. The GTX 750 Ti nearly matches the previous-gen GTX 660, while easily beating AMD’s competing Radeon 260X. More importantly of note, this new card brings better power efficiency in a segment where it really matters; after all, very few enthusiasts care about a dozen Watts or so of power difference when spending hundreds of dollars on a high-end power hungry gaming behemoth. However, in the sub-$200 range, it does make a difference. This also means the 650 Ti Boost and GTX 660 are effectively end-of-life with the GTX 750 Ti on the shelves.
The Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce is an impressive little powerhouse. It packs nearly the same punch as a GTX 660, easily beats the R7 260X, and has proven to be a very interesting potential mix for HTPC use as well as some gaming. Factor in the factory overclock (albeit a bit mild for our tastes, especially given the additional power connector available), and a cooler that runs quiet while keeping temperatures impressively low, and we have a very potent combination that should be very enticing to potential consumers.
Retailing for about $170, the Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce sits alone in its segment, as AMD doesn’t really have a proper competitor, unless you count the rare R7 265. That said, Maxwell seems to be positioned very well, filling a whole quite nicely in the budget sub-$200 echelon, attractive for gamers who want great gaming value.
Nvidia continues to impress in its Maxwell lineup, and the Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce showcases a great combination of sleek styling, enticing features, and great performance for those on a modest budget.
Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce