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Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce Review

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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
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Summary

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

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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





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