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ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti Review

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti Review

September 22, 2014 1:14 pm0 comments

ASUS’ Strix series had its first creation in this Geforce GTX 750Ti that we present to you today. A small, compact card that doesn’t need power connectors and that has a 0dB cooling system of ASUS Strix’s series.

Introduction

The first card we have tried of ASUS Strix series was a Radeon R9 285 and it surprised us because of its power, its silent performance and its size. The first Strix card its actually based on the Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 750Ti and has the same features but with a much more compact and light format that has the same bases but that adapts better even to very compact and efficient computers.

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

Maxwell Architecture

Maxwell is the code name of this new architecture. It is up to 135% more potent because of its core and also shows a design by logical control units that is more efficient and simple that Kepler architecture, which allows Nvidia to double its performance for each consumed watt. These cards we tried today actually presume of being twice as fast as the same series models of two generations before, a 35-45% better than last generation’s model. It achieves this while at the same time passing from an average consumption of 115w to a maximum of 60 watts and it even eliminates the external power source feed, being able to power up though the PCI Express port. This means that this card that we have on our hands consumes less than 80w.

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

Nvidia has thought this new architecture not only to situate its chips anew in ultra-compact equipment, Ultrabook laptops, but also for that new compact computer generation that has been encouraged by the market from a while back. Formats like the Mini-ITX or the NUC give new wings to the game play systems based on PC and this type of graphic chips can resolve the power limitation of some integrated graphics with very controlled costs and consumption.

Nvidia knows that, by not having any processors of their own, they have to improve their efficiency in order to maintain its integration in systems that are becoming more compact every day, and this, at the same time, may encourage definitely their solutions dedicated to more efficient models and with superior performance margins.

Nvidia has added also some improvements to this architecture, like the new video coding unit that will help us to, for example, compressing and uncompressing by hardware, new video formats as well as assist by hardware to the streaming of gameplay or the recording of it in real time. Shadowplay, without a doubt, has become one of the stars of the extras that Nvidia added, and now it will have even better support by hardware.

ASUS Strix gtx 750Ti unique format and features

ASUS is empowering its Strix series with concrete models with an excellent manufacturing quality and with noise and consumption management as flags of the brand. The Strix are graphic cards designed for being noiseless while maintaining its aggressive character with series overclocking in all the cards of the brand. This model, based on the Geforce GTX 750Ti manages all this while also doing this in a really compact format with a ridiculous consumption and maintaining the hybrid ventilation system that makes the Strix one of the most attractive series launched in the last months.

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

ASUS has grabbed the best of the Geforce GTX 750Ti, which is my favorite graphic chip of this generation, and has empowered it to the maximum with a new overclocking of GPU of 1202MHz that surpasses on more than 120MHz the turbo frequency of the reference Nvidia model. It is configured with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, with a 128-Bit bus and a work frequency of 5.4gbps. The consumption of this wonder is around 65w and doesn’t require any additional current connectors aside from the energy administered by the slot. This allows us to reduce the wiring in the box, making everything cleaner and organized.

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

The ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti is a compact card, very small, with two 70mm fans that cool a radiator, that surpasses a bit the actual PCB of the card, in aluminum that is powered though heatpipes of 6mm of outside diameter. It is a light and compact card that has a 0dB fan system that we so love of the Strix series. This is achieved with an intelligent fan system that manages the card’s heat by affected zones.

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

Maximizing the dissipation surface also helps; Nvidia’s reference model is just a chipset fan, which means the card can function in passive mode when we are in Windows, doing whatever task aside from playing. ASUS also has integrated a digital power source feeding system with high quality components for allowing the energetic efficiency to get a superior overclocking system and a controlled consumption that is fundamental for maintaining the temperature and noise levels controlled.

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

The card has a very interesting connector front where the VGA , that appears on the reference design, is substituted by a Displayport 1.2 connector that will give us much more game and even the possibility of connecting the 4k screen with 60Hz of vertical frequency. We can obtain the VGA converting the type I DVI output that is also included.

Performance, overclocking, noise and consumption

The Geforce GTX 750Ti is a great card that covers the needs of those that still play in 1080p resolution and that do not need to run Battlefield 4 in ultra-mode with FSAA 4x. It is a solvent card that has exceptional video reproduction, that will be able to control your 4k monitor for design and that will also offer you the possibility of playing with a lot of solvency. In compact equipment it is the final solution for low consumption HTPC and allows us very compact and silent creations.

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

This card has still opportunity margin in respect to the frequencies for which it is manufactured. We, moderately and thanks to ASUS’ GPU Tweak app, have managed to approach the 13000 MHz of GPU and 5500MHz of memory, maintaining the consumption of the card on the 75-77w (a normal slot gives 80w) achieving 6% more performance and without losing ASUS’ hybrid cooling system.

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

The GPU Tweak is a great app that allows us to re-touch overclocking and control parameters to make the most of the hardware of our graphic card. In this case 1300MHz of GPU and 5500MHz of RAM without increasing the upper and lower limit voltage.

This card also has very advanced controls like upper and lower limit voltage, maximum consumption, FPS objectives, manual or automatic fan control, etc. It is a great pleasure to do these adjustments because ASUS system is very simple and also has a complete monitoring system so we can always have our adjustments under control.

I have played with my usual games, and these are the results. I am also including some reference benchmarks so you can see the evolution of this product with respect to a conventional Geforce GTX 750Ti and some models of its more direct competition.

Testing Machine.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770k
  • Cooling: Silverstone Tundra TD03
  • Motherboard: Intel Z87
  • Memory: 32GB DDR3 2400MHz
  • Storage: Plextor M6E PCI Express M.2 240GB
  • Case: Banchetto 103
  • Power supply: Seasonic Platinum 1050w Series

3DMark FireStrike

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

BattleField 4 1920×1080. Medium quality

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

Bioshock Infinite. 1920×1080. quality ultra

ASUS Strix Geforce GTX 750Ti

Analysis and conclusion

The Strix series has its finest moment in this model. It is noticeably smaller than the Radeon R9 285 that we tested a few days ago, almost half of the actual volume than the Radeon and gets the good results in games with the qualities that the average user may look for. Low noise, a ridiculously low consumption and the latest generation benefits in a format for compact systems, HTPC or for anyone looking for an effective and compact solution system.

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