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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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Maxwell Arrives

First off, a bit of background about Nvidia’s lineup for those who may be living under a rock and unfamiliar.

When Nvidia’s Kepler GTX GeForce 680 launched amidst much hype and fanfare, it was a revolutionary step forward from the days of Fermi. The changes and advances were significant in just about every facet, and the popularity of Kepler is a testament to its own success. So where to go from there? Moving forward, the 700 series was the next natural step for Nvidia, but the advances were evolutionary, a stepping stone ahead, and not quite the giant leap we saw when Kepler launched.

Then came the GTX 770, a bit further down the performance and price ladder, and then we saw the GTX 760, striving for the mid-range performance crown. Interestingly, Nvidia made the GTX 760 is the last in the GeForce lineup for the Kepler generation, creating a mixture of 700 series cards at the top end, and 600 series cards at the budget end of the lineup. So that left a bit of a vacuum of new products at the lower-tier range of the performance charts, and that brings us to Maxwell.

Maxwell strives to fill that gap in the budget-oriented performance, and does so with a few new features and architectural updates. Maxwell moves down to 28nm process, with a die size of 148mm2, thus increasing the density of the transistors over the previous generation. Another main difference between Kepler and Maxwell is the larger L2 cache in the new chip. Lastly, the overarching improvement is the power efficiency; GM107 is highly touted for its lower power consumption, as the GTX 750 Ti won’t require supplemental PCI-E power (for reference or non-overclocked models). This means it’ll have a maximum 75W TDP, only drawing power from the motherboard itself. So for anyone looking for lower power HTPC or gaming card, the GTX 750 Ti might be your new best friend.

There are Stream Multiprocessors with Maxwell (referred to as “SMM”), five in total. Each SMM has 128 CUDA cores, down from Kepler’s 192, for a total of 640 in Maxwell on the GTX 750 Ti.

With 2GB of GDDR5 on a 128-Bit bus, the Gigabyte card some with clocks of 1033MHz Core, 1350MHz Memory, and 1111MHz Boost. This card is overclocked, though it’s not very aggressive, which is a bit surprising given the additional power connector available (as we’ll soon see).

With the features tour now complete, let’s look at the Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti Windforce itself.

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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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