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MSI GTX 750 Ti Twin Frozr Gaming Review

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Posted February 18, 2014 by Jake in Video Cards

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $160
 

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
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Great combination of sleek styling, enticing features, top quality, and great 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. 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.

As for specifics, we see 2GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit bus. The screenshot below shows the essential info, but note the clocks on the MSI card; they are very aggressive out of the box.

It’s critical to mention that until GPU-Z is updated, there will be some discrepancies in some of the information above, so pay no attention to the incorrect information being shown about the CUDA cores, for example.

With the features tour now complete, let’s look at the MSI GTX 750 Ti Twin Frozr Gaming itself.

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6 Comments


  1.  
    Charlie

    “12030MHz Boost overclock speed”. Such Clocks. Much Boost. Many MHZ.

    But in all seriousness, thanks for the review. My local microcenter has these in stock, and im seriously considering.




    •  

      OOPS, thanks for the eagle eyes on that typo!! Fixed.

      Also, we’ve just received confirmation on the pricing, it’s lower than we expected at $160. Updating the review now.




  2.  
    Chris

    Typo on page 5 “The GTX 750 Ti Twin Frozr Gaming requires two 8-pin connectors to provide adequate juice for the higher overclocking prowess of the card”.
    Then just below that you show it needs no extra power, I assume the above quote is from a 780 Ti review? 🙂

    Great review. I am considering buying one of these to replace a 5870 that is underpowered by a 430w PSU. The 750 Ti would match or beat it 99% of the time and no more restarts of my Pc under heavy load. I want this, and more Maxwell now!!!




    •  

      Dunno how that got in there, thanks for the heads up Chris! It’s been fixed.

      Ya, Maxwell is looking mighty impressive for those who are looking at a serious upgrade, such as yourself. Would run cooler, quieter, draw less power, while provide better performance. Gotta love that combo!




  3.  
    Simon

    I don’t understand how i have a default 1224MHz boost on the exact same card, and i overlocked it to a boost 1364MHz o_O





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