MSI GTX 750 Ti Twin Frozr Gaming Review
OverviewHardware: Video Cards
WHAT WE LIKED:Sleek cooler; Low power consumption; Aggressive factory overclock; Strong gaming performance; Low noise and temperatures; Good value price
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Large card size compared to reference design; Nvidia power limiter prevents high overclocking
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 750 Ti nearly matches the previous-gen GTX 660, while easily beating AMD’s 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 power hungry gaming behemoth. This also means the 650 Ti Boost and GTX 660 are effectively end-of-life with the launch of the GTX 750 Ti.
We are a bit surprised that MSI has truly gone the extra mile here by putting such a great cooler on a more budget-oriented card. We think it’s great, but it’s a double-edged sword; on one hand, it will drive up the price for consumers that are looking for great value, but on the other hand MSI should be able to make a higher profit margin on what is essentially not a lucrative card. That said, there could be more volume lurking around the corner, as mainstream consumers realize they don’t need a powerhouse GTX 780 for capable gaming at a medium resolution.
And in that sense, the MSI GTX 750 Ti Twin Frozr Gaming 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 aggressive factory overclock, and a cooler that runs quiet while keeping temperatures low, and we have a very potent combination that should be very enticing to potential consumers. Unfortunately we didn’t have a Radeon 265 on hand, but we expect that would be a more accurate target in terms of competition for this new Nvidia card.
This card is set to retail for about $160, which is actually a very reasonable price for what you get here, considering performance, features, low noise, and temperatures. And that puts AMD in a bit of a tough spot because there is nothing in their product lineup that actually matches the GTX 750 Ti, and certainly not in this price range. Nvidia appears to be pushing to rule the roost in the budget performance segment, and Maxwell indeed seems to be a smart move, albeit we had to impatiently wait for it to show up. While AMD may respond with price drops, we doubt it and think that may not be enough, as the framerates and features here are just too good to pass up. Unless you’re an AMD fanboy, the GTX 750Ti is very well the better option if an budget upgrade is in your future.
Nvidia continues to impress in its Maxwell release, and the MSI GTX 750 Ti Twin Frozr Gaming showcases a great combination of sleek styling, enticing features, top quality, and great performance for those on a modest budget.