NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card Review – Maxwell Architecture For Under $150

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Cards Arrive

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NVIDIA today announced the new GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 video cards, which are very interesting to use as they are the first cards based on NVIDIA’s new Maxwell graphics architecture. NVIDIA has been developing Maxwell for a number of years and have decided to launch entry-level discrete graphics cards with the new technology first in the $119 to $149 price range. NVIDIA heavily focused on performance per watt with Maxwell and it clearly shows as the GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB video card measures just 5.7-inches in length with a tiny heatsink and doesn’t require any internal power connectors!

nvidia-geforce-gtx750tiNVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Series Cards:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB – $149
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 1GB – $139
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 1GB – $119

maxwell-gpu

NVIDIA says that the Maxwell architecture used on the new GM107 (the GPU core used on the GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti) has allowed them to produce the most efficient GPU ever built. Kepler was revolutionary for performance per watt when it came out and so it Maxwell. Kepler was on manufactured on the 28nm process and was essentially an upgrade from the previous Fermi architecture that was done on the 40nm process node. NVIDIA has taken everything they’ve learned from their Tegra line of mobile processors and the Kepler desktop and enterprise processors and put all that expertise to good use in Maxwell. Maxwell has 135% more performance per core and twice the performance per watt. Added more control logic to the CUDA cores. Maxwell logic is better so they can control more cores controls fewer cores. The image above shows a very high-level block diagram that highlights the fact that NVIDIA greatly reduced the shader block sizes into smaller clusters with added control logic. This allows them to to better control the CUDA cores on each particular Maxwell GPU and really helps improve the efficiency.

kepler-versus-maxwell

Here is a nice table that shows a high-level comparison of the GM107 Maxwell GPU versus the previous generation Gk107 Kepler GPU. The GM107 ‘Maxwell’ GPU has 640 CUDA cores with 1.87 Billion transistors and a die size of 148mm2. The NVIDIA GK107 ‘Kepler’ GPU had just 384 CUDA cores with 1.3 billion transistors and a die size of 118mm2. The really cool thing is that NVIDIA’s GM107 has higher performance specs and has a slightly lower TDP even though it has 570 million more transistors at the same 28nm manufacturing process!

maxwell-gains

NVIDIA says that gamers generally upgrade their video card on every four years on average and that the new GeForce GTX 750 Ti will give those people a huge boost in power efficiency. NVIDIA believes that the GeForce GTX 750 Ti will be about a 2x performance upgrade at a fraction of the power use for those still using a GeForce GTX 550 Ti video card from 2010.

mini-itx-gaming

NVIDIA has taken notice of the boom in Mini-ITX gaming PCs and think that the GeForce GTX 750 Ti is a perfect match for someone looking to build a 1080P small form factor (SFF) gaming PC as you need just a 300W power supply and there is no 6-pin power connector needed on the GeForce GTX 750 Ti reference card. Some manufactures will be putting a 6-pin PCie video card power connector on the boards, but from what we can tell it should be needed even when overclocking. Why is that? NVIDIA has placed overclocking restrictions on the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and right now the BIOS only allows the CUDA cores to be overclocked by 135MHz. The memory isn’t locked down, so the sky is the limit there.

best-in-class

NVIDIA originally planned for the GeForce GTX 750 Ti to be in direct competition with the AMD Radeon R7 260X, but it appears that last weeks launch of the AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB video card at $149 spoiled that. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti looks like it should perform as fast or faster than the AMD Radeon R7 260X across the board and it should do it cooler and quieter.

maxwell-tdp

NVIDIA says that in this scenario (R7 260X versus GTX 750 Ti) that in your average gaming scenario that the typical board power will drop from 115W to 60W while at the same time you are getting better performance

gtx750ti-specs

NVIDIA says that the the first graphics cards to use the first-generation Maxwell architecture were designed to do more with less, so keep that in mind when looking at the specifications here. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti has 640 CUDA Cores that have a base clock of 1020MHz and a boost clock of 1085MHz. The GTX750 Ti supports NVIDIA Boost 2.0 technology, which means that it the parameters are okay that they card can clock higher than this. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti uses a 128-bit GDDR5 memory bus and you have the option of purchasing a 1GB or 2GB model. The memory is clocked at 1350MHz (5400MHz effective) and that gives you about 86.4 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti should be used with a 300W or greater power supply as it has a TDP rating of just 60 Watts. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti supports DVI, VGA (D-Sub), HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs, so you’ll see a variety of options in the retail market. The one thing we need to point out is that you might want to go out of your way to find a model with DisplayPort 1.2 if you pan on purchasing an NVIDIA G-Sync monitor as it is required for G-Sync to work. You’ll need to look for an Add-In-Board (AIB) Partner that has DisplayPort 1.2 on their card. It would have been nice if NVIDIA didn’t make Displayport 1.2 optional on these entry level gaming graphics cards, but it is too late now. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti also does not support HDMI 2.0.

gtx750-specs

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 is basically the same thing as the as the except it has fewer CUDA cores, just 1GB of GDDR5 memory and a 5W lower TDP. NVIDIA reduced the number of CUDA cores from 640 to 512, which is a 20% reduction. The number of texture units drops from 40 to 32 and the number of ROPs remains the same at 16. NVIDIA is exploring the idea of releasing a 2GB version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, but right now there will just be a 1GB variant. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 will cost $119.99 at launch and will be competing in the marketplace against the AMD Radeon R7 260X 1GB that also shares an MSRP of $119.99.

geforce-lineup

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti will replace the GeForce GTX 650 Ti series in the GeForce line-up. This means that they will be above the GeForce GTX 650 and below the GeForce GTX 660 in terms of price and performance.

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Today Legit Reviews will be looking at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB reference card along with custom cards by ASUS and MSI.

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  • Magic

    “Gamers” do not usually pay the bills cuz most gamers they say are young or dependents but really low wattage with good performance is a good way to go when you’re the gamer who pays the bills. Yes amd is cheaper and more powerful but the stress it gives to the board and the cpu because of the temp may affect the board in the long run plus costly cooling if you want to keep it cool will add not only to the cost of your build but add to the bill again so i do applaud the nvidia for making such graphics card if ever that amd will produce a low temp low wattage high performance gpu then will i go back to amd. As for now it is wiser to use nvidia

  • Joebro

    This is just a debut of the raw efficiency of the card. The 750 isn’t intended to be a big player by itself, but this card is considerably powerful for very low wattage/price. The impression that Nvidia is trying to give you is that, “Wow, just imagine how insanely powerful it will be when Nvidia really tries to utilize this architecture into a performance video card card!”

  • briansoto101

    Does anyone know if this will fit a Silverstone ML05B HTPC Case

  • Malcolm Hume

    The point is not the low wattage (unless you are building a HTPC) but the fact that this new architecture is scalable and nvidia will be able to wipe the floor with amd when they come out with more powerful cards.

    • Joe Joejoe

      What it all comes down to is price to performance ratio. If a faster AMD card is $50 cheaper than a future higher end maxwell card, people will still most likely go AMD.

      Let’s not forget, AMD has been at the forefront of low wattage cards for the last several generations of cards. So I have a feeling AMD is going to answer Nvidia’s maxwell with something better. This is probably the ONLY card in the last 10 years nvidia has released that beats AMD in performance to wattage ratio.

      This is definitely a decent card for a budget gamer, but it really has no staying power. It can’t even max all the current titles at more than 20-30fps. for some that may be enough, but even 1 year down the line, the performance is going to be pretty bad. And I can’t speak for anyone else, but personally I don’t think dropping $150 on a card with a life of 1-2 years max is a sound investment.

      I typically keep PC’s for about 4-5 years before I replace them.

      I’d rather spend $50 more and have a faster card that will last me a few more years.

      Some people don’t care, but gaming to me is all about the quality of performance. Anything below 60fps is choppy, to the point where it’s simply not enjoyable to look at.

      And if I was a casual gamer…..I really wouldn’t be able to justify $150 on a card, when most likely an APU system would be more than adequate for a casual gamer, not to mention a lot cheaper.

      So the 750ti is in a kind of videocard purgatory where it’s not good enough for common gamers, and too expensive for casual gamers.

  • ninja7

    For gamers, the AMD R7 265 will be a better choice. TDP is rather irrelevant, unless someone have a 200W PSU LOL! Most of the gamers will choose an AMD. If TDP (for an entire PC) R7 265 is about 260W, it means that a decent 400-450W PSU will be more than enough. And since most gamers have a more powerful PSU, well, the conclusion is obvious.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      sure if all you are concerned about is having the best FPS performance in game titles then the AMD Radeon R7 265 wins and is the card to get. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti does a pretty good job at blending performance and efficiency, but pricing is the prevailing issue for most people and for good reason. Maybe NVIDIA can get more performance from Maxwell with some refined drivers and pricing will come down in the months ahead. With rebates and all I’m sure you’ll be seeing GTX 750 Ti cards down in the $129 range. The real question is will retailers have the Radeon R7 265 available for $149? There is an insane markup on many AMD Radeon cards due to the cryptocurrency crazy as R9 290′s are going for WAY over list. I’ve seen 290′s go for $700 and 290X’s going for $900!

      • benshivd08

        If AMD could get their driver issues sorted. I would gladly purchase one of their cards. Sadly im not about having to change drivers when i play different games. I mean really you go all out making “profile” software instead of just making stable drivers. Nvidia has it nailed down. So i will stay with what i know works.

  • Digtial Puppy

    Good review…liked that you included a bunch of different gaming benchmarks. It is interesting to see what you get for sub-$200 versus $350. I am really happy with my GTX 770, but am thinking about a new build for light gaming and Home Theater purposes. Was thinking about discrete, but this looks pretty good to consider for my budget.

  • tonyv13

    Nice video card , but most gamers don’t look at wattage and people buying HP or dells and wanting to game they still are going to have to upgrade their PSU 250watt it’s not gonna cut it ….at that point where they have to upgrade their PSU to at least 400-500watt I would recommend a amd r7 260x or 265

    • basroil

      You mean most live-with-your-mother or dorm-room gamers don’t care. Those of us that actually have to pay the bills look into idle power use (at least) and at least care about PSU sizing. You can easily run two of these cards with a 250W PSU if you use a 4770 rather than 4960X (which uses that much by itself)

      • tonyv13

        Did you actually check the total wattage the 750ti needs while gaming ? I don’t see how you would be able to run two with a 250w psu?? Majority of gamers are underage so like I said don’t care about wattage ..Once they have a 750ti single slot I would probably grab one for my htpc.

        • OMGitsSexyChase

          Im gonna say most pc gamers are of age, while most console gamers are underage, also yeah any real gamer doesnt give a shit about total wattage unless its rediculous, and all video cards have such low idle consumptions it doesn’t matter soo that arguement is invalid

        • istian

          I’m interested in this card for the exact reason of it’s wattage to performance… Because I don’t want to buy a $200 card and then a $70 PSU (400 Watt) this card is made exactly for people like me with a lower PSU who just want something a little better to hold them off to something bigger (New build this summer) or just something to get them by simply..

      • Redmond Jennings

        It’s not SLI capable, so you probably won’t be running two of them regardless of PSU.

    • snook

      PCper has a review up this card ran fine on a 250 watt PSU. you are wrong. this will open up gaming to people bound by a bad PC, with a simple plug in card and go.

      • tonyv13

        184watt load while gaming i4670k it’s 84watt about 95 watt under stress , i3 54watt unless I’m not adding up numbers correctly …..mmm I doubt somebody it’s going to buy a 150$ gpu just for Microsoft Word ..not only that the psu that manufacturers give you supposedly they’re 250w to 300w ttat doesn’t mean their power efficiency it’s gonna be correct .Remember they have to make money using cheap MoBo and PSU .

        • snook

          http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Upgrade-Story-Can-GTX-750-Ti-Convert-OEMs-PCs-Gaming-PCs

          there is your proof, low rent systems one with a 250 watt PSU add 750Ti = 1080p gaming.

        • snook

          tony, i replied with a link to the pcper article. it appears it got deleted. ironic, since i found this article from a link on pcper’s website.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          No link was deleted or removed as Ryan and I have no issues and hang out often when we travel to shows and events. I’m certain this card will run on a low-end system on a 250W GPU just fine. It really just depends on the quality of the PSU and what the hardware is.

        • Paulo Carmo

          LOL! I have a Rig with a 89W Athlon 6000+ and a 5770 which has 108W TDP running with a Chieftec 250W PSU. It is obvious that any decent 250 ~300W PSU could run a i3, i5 77w or 84W and one of these 750 Ti cards… I repeat, OBVIOUSLY!

    • Shehriazad

      I do look at wattage while gaming. But only because I have JUST built a “green” itx PC. Since I want a system that will eat no more than 200-210 watt while playing…while being able to play new titles without having to go all down on the settings (last light is a performance killer, I dont take that for any benchmark eh).

      My old system ate up to 700 Watts during gaming…a true nightmare on the power bill.

      • benshivd08

        Really even a 700 W is barely negligible in what your monthly bill is going to be. If your telling us you can actually tell that. Im going to just go straight away an say your full of sh*t

  • SBrowning

    This is one of those rare cases where I’d rather have the OEM/stock card. For what the card does and how much heat it produces I don’t need a bigger cooler.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      yeah, the reference card from NVIDIA is pretty nice. If they dropped d-sub support and put DisplayPort on it instead it really would have been nice.

    • Joe Joejoe

      I think it’s appreciated that there are bigger cooler versions, because that increases overclocking headroom. Currently, the card is limited by software overclock limits. I wouldn’t really bother with this card unless I was extremely overclocking it, since it may have potential for massive overclocks that put it head to head against the $200 range of cards.

      There’s one version that includes a 6 pin connector, which is good for overclocking because you’ll most likely reach a wattage limit on the PCI port before you reach the max overclock limit of the card.

  • http://www.legitreviews.com FZ1

    It’s always good to see noise, temps and power requirements go down. Now if they can apply this to the 780′s without decreasing performance, they’d really be getting it done.

    • AlexGNR

      that’s already done. just not called GTX 780. called. GTX TITÁN. and remember that when you talk about GTX 770.780. TITAN. NVIDIA is its range of high level Gamer. in that category. only have improvements that can offer the GTX TITAN. NVIDIA certainly that is the way we can expect in future NVIDIA Graphics.

      forgive me for my English. I do not speak much. only Spanish.

      • gigaplex

        That’s not what the Titan is. The Titan boosts dual precision floating point calculations for GPGPU, it is in no way an improvement with respect to noise, temperature or power requirements over the 780. It’s not even targeted at gamers, it’s aimed at people who can’t afford a Quadro or Tesla.

        • AlexGNR

          if that’s true. but apparently. to Nvidia they forgot that little detail. We all know that the GTX’S TITAN. It is a hybrid between Gaming. and Post Processing. Nvidia just liked the idea of ​​putting that card in the line of high-end games. why I refer. that for Nvidia. just for them. the power line begins with 770 and ends at the TITAN. for Gamers. ends with 780 TI (really begins in the imagination., and ends up where you let yourself get pocket).

          after all remember that we speak the same GK110. (780, 780Ti, Titan, Titan Black) put in different configurations.

  • Daniel Pastuhovs

    When will it be released.

  • Jeremy

    Looks like it would be a nice card in a small lan box or home theater system.