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ASUS Nvidia Geforce GTX 750Ti Review

ASUS Nvidia Geforce GTX 750Ti Review

March 2, 2014 3:12 pm0 comments
Introduction

The new Nvidia card still is still technically among the 700 series, but it is more efficient both in terms of production and level of scalability, as well as energy efficiency. It will be the future of mobile solutions from Nvidia and also a turning point in computer graphics.

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New architecture, new efficiency

When you see one of these new Nvidia cards, it feels like you’ve traveled to 10 years ago. Its simple and compact design is reminiscent of lots of older models, but that’s definitely not something bad. Nvidia started the race for the performance a few years ago and started developing products where energy efficiency has been their priority, without forgetting users demand higher speeds and better performance each day. This is what Nvidia has been striving for some time now, but apparently they’ve finally achieved with this model.

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Maxwell is the codename of the new architecture. It can be up to 135% more powerful per core and also offers a more efficient design than the Kepler logical architecture, allowing Nvidia to double the performance per watt consumed. In fact, the cards we tested today claim to be up to two times faster than the model within the same range of two generations ago, a 35-40 % improvement over the previous generation. It also goes from an average consumption of 115w to 60w and even eliminates the requirement for external power as it only needs the PCI Express port.

Nvidia has designed this new architecture not only to place themselves again in the ultra-compact, portable ultrabook market, but also for the new generation of laptops. Formats such as Mini-ITX or NUC offer new possibilities to PC gamers as this can solve the limitation of integrated graphics cards with very affordable prices.

Nvidia knows that since they don’t have their own processors, they should improve its efficiency to keep its growing integration into compact systems and this, in turn, may boost its products designed for bigger models.

Nvidia has also added some enhancements to this architecture, like a new video coding unit to help us decompress and compress new video formats and hardware to assist gameplay streaming or recording in real time. Shadowplay certainly has become one of the stars among the added extras of Nvidia and now it features even better hardware support.

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Technical performance: Geforce GTX 750 and Geforce GTX 750Ti

Two new models are presented in this architecture. They are the reference models each manufacturer will personalize with their usual cooling solutions. It’s expected that some of these manufacturers offer solutions for smaller machines, which is one of the goals for this new Nvidia generation.

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Two new models, the GTX 750 and the Geforce GTX 750Ti. The GTX 750 has a consumption of 55w with a total of 512 CUDA units with a working frequency of 1020MHz, 1085MHz up in turbo mode, a 128-Bit memory bus at 5Gbps (max. 1GB), offering a bandwidth of 64GB/s. Basic specifications, with a ridiculous consumption, which allows it to compete with the new AMD Radeon 260. We do not have performance data for this model.

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The Geforce GTX 750Ti is, for now, the star of this new Maxwell generation. This model has 640 CUDA units with the same working frequency of the 750. It works at 1020 MHz, up to 1085MHz in turbo mode. It offers a 128-bit 5.4Gbps data bus to achieve something more than 69GB/s of bandwidth. The consumption of this model is 60w, 5w more than the GTX 750. Neither requires additional electrical connection, and both have exceptional over clocking capabilities exceeding 10 % without having to modify their consumption.

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We missed the capability to combine these chips in SLI mode, something we probably can expect in future models. These reference models show that Nvidia is still rely heavily on the Displayport interfaces in their lower ranges and that severely limits the connectivity for 4k screens, which nowadays is not exactly something good.

The entire ecosystem

Nvidia‘s big bet for the near future is to create an ecosystem that users recognize as their PC gaming platform. This ecosystem combines a better experience with more intelligent monitors that surpass the limitations of current technology, achieving better visual quality even with mid-range graphics cards. Gsync is the big bet in this regard, but Nvidia wants to go beyond.

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Nvidia wants our PC to become a streaming server to other platforms such as Android devices or smart TVs, and this is the way they market the Nvidia Shield, something the new generations of the Tegra chip will bring to mobile devices.

The real-time streaming has become a staple for any gamer, as recording gameplay is becoming increasingly popular. Shadowplay introduced these benefits, which typically required additional hardware. Now we have seen these benefits are accelerated and complemented with dedicated hardware within this new architecture.

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Nvidia considers PC gaming is evolving into something more compact, efficient and powerful that will turn into our home’s media center, delivering quality content, including gaming, to other devices.

Performance Tests.

We conducted a quick comparative tests at 1080p comparing this card with its closest equivalent price-wise, the Radeon 265, and we also added the results with over clocking. We have achieved an increase in frequency of 135MHz GPU and 100MHz in the memory, achieving a 10% better performance.

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Test Rig

For these tests we used a compact mid-range rig that is perfectly suited for this graphics card:

– Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+

– Processor: AMD A8-7600K (no OC)

– Memory: 16GB DDR3 2133

BattleField 3. 1920×1080. Medium Quality

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Diablo 3. 1920×1080. High quality

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Crysis 3. 1920×1080. Highest Quality. 2x FSAA>

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Unigine Heaven. 1600×900. High Quality. Tessellation medium

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Performance Tests. II

3DMark Fire Strike

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Bioshock infinite. 1920×1080. quality ultra

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Metro Last Light. 1920×1080. Highest Quality. FSAA. Tessellation

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BattleField 4. 1920×1080. Medium Quality

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Analysis and Conclusion

Nvidia, as always, offers the absolute best. But their low-end cards are especially surprising because they support 1080p resolution as the basic resolution to play on PC, something that other platforms have not yet considered necessary for a low-end card. They also offer an excellent design and impressive over clocking capabilities.

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Sadly, no manufacturer has really taken advantage of the reduced consumption of these new models. Single-slot designs seem to benefits from this architecture. We hope we can see these innovations over the next few weeks. The recommended price of these new cards is 115 Euros for the Geforce GTX 750 TI (2GB) and 92 Euros for the Geforce GTX 750 (1GB). Interesting prices over its direct competitors like the Radeon 265 R7, which has a consumption 150% higher than the Geforce GTX 750Ti.

This ASUS model, with a DirectCU heat sink, offers some outstanding over clocking results and ridiculous noise levels. Excellent results but we miss that ASUS has not released a more compact model taking advantage of these new features. Surely it will come later, so all that’s left is waiting.

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