Myself, and I’m sure a few others, were pleasantly surprised to see the launch of Nvidia’s GTX 750 and 750Ti yesterday. But with new graphics cards cropping up all the time where do these two new cards fit in?
Let me run through the specs of the cards first so you can compare the differences between the non-Ti and Ti model:
As you can see there’s not a whole lot between the cards, most importantly the extra CUDA cores with the 750Ti which will help with applications such as Adobe Premiere, and the additional 1024 MB of graphics memory will certainly improve performance at high resolutions.
Besides impressive performance thanks to the new Maxwell GM107 die, both cards are short in length and have low power requirements, making them a perfect choice for small-form-factor mini ITX builds. This is something Nvidia’s rivals have yet to delve into. The low power consumption is particularly pleasing with no supplementary power needed from a 6 pin or 8 pin power connector.
The closest card for comparison as of now is AMD’s R7 260X – power thirsty when compared to the new Maxwell cards. As far as performance goes the difference is negligible, with AMD optimised games proving better for the 260X, and vice versa for the 750Ti.
The only minor issues the 750 and 750Ti have is the lack for SLI support for multi-GPU configurations – something the R7 260X does support with Crossfire – and Mantle support (AMD’s advanced API).
So why would you want to buy a GTX 750 or 750Ti?
You’re on a tight budget and you want to be able to play the latest games at 1080p
You’re upgrading an old system with a low wattage powersupply that lacks a 6 or 8 pin power connector
You want to build the a very small-form-factor gaming PC (Steam Machine)
You want Nvidia’s latest technologies which include CUDA, G-Sync, Shadowplay and GeForce Experience
I would personally like to see a passively cooled version from one of Nvidia’s board partners – now that would make an ultimate silent gaming graphics card!
Are you tempted to pick one up by the low TDP, temperatures, and price? Let us know!