It's been a long time coming for NVIDIA's new Maxwell architecture, but instead of having it debut with the 800 series as originally rumored, NVIDIA has used it for its new 700 series cards, the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti. You can read our review here, but suffice it to say that these two cards will likely be the most recommended cards for budget builds. Pricing for the GTX 750 is expected to start at $119, while the 1GB GTX 750 Ti and 2GB GTX 750 Ti will start at $139 and $149, respectively.
According to NVIDIA, the GTX 750 Ti "approximates the performance of the GeForce GTX 480," a card that launched at $499. Oh, and it does so while consuming a quarter of the power, at just 60 watts. The GTX 750 Ti also provides double the performance of the GTX 550 Ti at 1080p while using half the power, which happens to be the second most used NVIDIA GPU according to the January 2014 Steam Hardware Survey. Both GTX 750 cards come in at only 5.7" and do not require an internal power connector, making them great for small form-factor builds like HTPCs. Unlike the GTX 480 and GTX 550 Ti, both of which were Fermi-based cards, since the GTX 750 cards utilize Maxwell, you can also take advantage of NVIDIA's ShadowPlay, GameStream, and G-SYNC technologies. All that for roughly $150 or less? There's no longer any excuse to use onboard solutions!
While the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti are a nice debut for the Maxwell architecture, the Kepler architecture isn't dead just yet. Along with the Maxwell announcement, NVIDIA announced a new version of the GTX TITAN, the GTX TITAN Black. It ups the ante over the vanilla GTX Titan with increased clock speeds all around and delivers a whopping 5.1 teraFLOPS of computing performance, compared to 4.5 for the original. Of course, it's much more expensive than the aforementioned GTX 750 cards, coming in at $999 just like the original version. But it's important to note that, while the gaming performance is certainly great, the GTX Titan cards are coveted for its supercomputing capabilities, providing a nice combination of GeForce and Tesla into one card.
All three cards (GTX 750, GTX 750 Ti, and GTX TITAN Black) are available today for purchase.