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NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti & MSI GTX 750 Gaming Review

ccokeman    -   February 18, 2014
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NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti & MSI GTX 750 Gaming Testing:

Testing of the NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti and MSI GTX 750 Gaming will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will first test the cards at stock speeds, and then overclocked to see the effects of an increase in clock speed. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. The NVIDIA comparison cards will be using the 334.69 drivers while AMD-based cards will be using the Catalyst 14.1 Beta 1.6 beta drivers. The results generated in my testing were reached by utilizing the latest FCAT tools to illustrate the true picture of the gaming experience. To do so will require a second PC setup to capture the data stream generated by the compared video cards.

 

Testing Setup:

FCAT Capture Setup:

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

 

Overclocking:

  • NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti : Core 1285MHz,  Memory 1678MHz
  • MSI GTX 750 Gaming : Core 1353MHz, Memory 1510MHz

 

Normally low end cards are just that. They are power limited and feature less robust power control systems since they are designed to run as is in a low powered machine. No one told this to NVIDIA when it dropped Maxwell on us. Both the tiny little reference-based GTX 750 Ti card and MSI's GTX 750 Gaming deliver incredibly impressive overclocking results for a card that does not use an added power source. The GTX 750 Ti has a factory boost clock speed of 1085MHz. By maxing out the sliders on any of the available utilities I was able to push that to 1285MHz on the core; a speed that it would maintain for hours. This represents a 200MHz bump or 19% boost in clock speed on the core. Memory overclocking on the GTX 750 Ti was even more robust, showing a 328MHz or an almost 24% boost in clock speed. Any higher and performance would start to suffer. Those kinds of overclocking results are really impressive for a reference card with a 60 watt TDP.

As good of an overclock as the GTX 750 Ti had it would be tough to top, but MSI's GTX 750 Gaming was able to push the core clock speed up to 1353MHz or roughly 16% over the factory boost clock of 1163MHz. Memory overclocking was not as robust as on the GTX 750 Ti, but I still saw a boost of 260MHz or just over 20% higher than the 1250MHz baseline memory clock speed. To run those speeds I did run the cooling fan to 100% on both cards. Noise was really not a concern and the cooling was exceptional, especially on the MSI GTX 750 Gaming with its Twin Frozr design. Overclocking on Maxwell?Check. It's got some teeth.

 

 

 

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for 30 minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were rerun until they passed a full hour of testing.

 

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Metro: Last Light
  2. Splinter Cell Blacklist
  3. BioShock Infinite
  4. Crysis 3
  5. Far Cry 3
  6. Battlefield 4
  7. Assassin's Creed IV
  8. Batman: Arkham Origins
  9. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
  10. 3DMark

 

  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption



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