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Gigabyte 'Black Edition' GTX 750 Ti: Tested for 168 Hours

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Gigabyte has achieved an excellent factory overclock of a well-tested GTX 750 Ti.

Gigabyte is currently working on a new variant of its GTX 750 Ti graphics card – a Black Edition card. This card will come out in two versions: a standard variant and an OC variant.

Both of the cards come with the company's dual-fan version of the WindForce cooler, along with respectable factory overclocks. The GM107 GPU aboard has been overclocked to 1033 MHz base, with a boost frequency of 1111 MHz for the standard version, while the OC version is set to boost up to 1242 MHz with a base frequency of 1163 MHz. Chances are, though, that you can still take the cards further a good bit by hand, as the GTX 750 Ti cards are known to have quite a bit of overclocking headroom. The 2 GB of GDDR5 memory aboard the cards is clocked at 5.4 GHz.

Gigabyte also teases "168-Hour Server Level Durability Testing." This essentially means that the card is tested to run super-stable. It'll even come with a certificate. It is also why the card is labelled to be a black edition card.

No word on pricing yet, though we don't expect too large a premium over reference solutions. Otherwise, buyers would already be looking at GPUs in a higher price class. The card will be available soon.


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    ekagori , May 19, 2014 7:13 PM
    Does this card use a 6 pin pcie cable or is the overclock achieved using only the pcie slot to power the card?
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    1ni3shi , May 19, 2014 7:28 PM
    I believe it has a 6 pin PCI-E connector
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    COLGeek , May 19, 2014 7:38 PM
    Yep, one 6-pin PCIe connector. See it here:

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5083#ov

    This is looking like a great entry level gaming GPU for many users.
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    Amdlova , May 19, 2014 9:07 PM
    if that don't come with premium price. will be nice.
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    zankuto , May 19, 2014 9:07 PM
    This isn't the fastest GTX 750 Ti card that Gigabyte offers. Wouldn't they want to black edition their fastest?
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    jasonelmore , May 19, 2014 9:52 PM
    so these cards are gonna have 168 hours of load on all of the components? i wouldnt want a card that has had 168 hours at full load on my power delivery system.
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    patrick47018 , May 19, 2014 10:26 PM
    I hope they don't max load for that long. However a thorough quality control would be more than welcome
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    roymustang , May 19, 2014 11:21 PM
    "No word on pricing yet, though we don't expect too large a premium over reference solutions. Otherwise, buyers would already be looking at GPUs in a higher price class. "

    Yeah I'm gonna go ahead and expect a pretty big premium considering that the 168 hour Black Edition of the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H motherboard is $45 more than the regular one and that represents an increase of almost 25%. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me, especially to have your product used and abused for 168 hours.
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    danwat1234 , May 19, 2014 11:34 PM
    168 hours at full utilization with a mild overclock is nothing! It should last for years doing this 24/7 if it is well engineered and cooling is adequate. Some people fully load their GPUs for distributed computing projects most of the time with no failures.
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    knowom , May 20, 2014 1:11 AM
    168 hours of coin mining for 25% price premium well played Gigabyte well played.
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    dscudella , May 20, 2014 1:23 AM
    I would really like to see a full review of this card overclocked to the limit. The 750 Ti's have tons of headroom as far as heat goes so the extra power from the 6-pin should allow for some very good overclocks
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    jasonelmore , May 20, 2014 2:51 AM
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    168 hours of coin mining for 25% price premium well played Gigabyte well played.


    haha i know right.. might as well mine coins with that wasted power
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    Unolocogringo , May 20, 2014 5:33 AM
    168 hours is nothing.
    My cards run 100% 24/7/365 days a year running Folding@Home.
    The 460s@851 are 2 1/2 years old. The 650Tiboost@1267 is 4 months old.
    If you keep them cool, overclocking has minimal effect on life span.
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    sincreator , May 20, 2014 6:05 AM
    Most companies could do this if they had aggressive fan control settings and voltages. With cards that overclock well anyway ;) . Look at how well the 7950's and 7970's overclocked. Manufacturers could of had versions out that were 400-500mhz over stock, lol.

    One thing people should note, is that even at the clocks this card will be running the performance really does not go up much at all.... http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_geforce_gtx_750_ti_windforce_review,22.html These clocks are even higher and there is not a huge performance difference.

    I run a "conservative" overclock on my HD7950, The stock clocks are 880/1250mhz, and I have been running 1100/1500mhz clocks for over a year now with a modded bios. I even have a modded bios that allows up to 1300/1750, but I would want better cooling to attempt those clock speeds. I see a lot higher gains than what the GTX750ti card does, and there are a lot of other cards out there that would be way more impressive overclocked that high IMO. http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_radeon_hd_7950_twin_frozer_iii_review,24.html I do use a fair amount more power though :p 
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    JamesRausch22 , May 20, 2014 10:08 AM
    Guys does this mean they test every card for 168 hours or what?
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    Smallfilou , May 20, 2014 10:19 AM
    Quote:
    Yep, one 6-pin PCIe connector. See it here:

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5083#ov

    This is looking like a great entry level gaming GPU for many users.


    Probably 150-200 USD card... Seems like you and I do not "enter at the same level..." ;-(
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    derekullo , May 20, 2014 11:30 AM
    I will sell you a used car with 30000 miles on it for 20% more than a brand new car. GENIUS!
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    1ni3shi , May 20, 2014 12:10 PM
    Yes all the cards are tested for 168 hours, its part of the black series line.
    There's only a certain amount of cards and motherboards that can be produced weekly as they all take a week to burn....
    The card is mostly like going to be available for around $169.99, so that's $20 higher than the standard GTX 750 Ti card.
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    Mathew Reuther , May 20, 2014 2:18 PM
    Defeats the biggest selling point of this card, really. (That it doesn't need an external power hookup.)
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    sykozis , May 20, 2014 6:12 PM
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    so these cards are gonna have 168 hours of load on all of the components? i wouldnt want a card that has had 168 hours at full load on my power delivery system.

    168 hours at full load is laughable. It's only 7 days. It has absolutely zero impact on a card that's designed, powered and cooled properly. My 7950 has almost 3000 hours running at full load. Hardcore gamers will accrue more than 168 hours at full load on a graphics card in a 30 day period. The average gamer will be pretty close after 2 months.
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