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GeForce GTX 750 Ti Review: Maxwell Adds Performance Using Less Power
By , Don Woligroski, And Igor Wallossek

We tested all of the cards in today's story with each company's latest beta drivers: Catalyst 14.1 beta 6 from AMD and 334.67 beta from Nvidia, however the new GeForce GTX 750 Ti required a special 334.69 beta driver. We used medium- to high-detail settings at 1920x1080 to give the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and its competition a realistic workload, which should strike a good balance between image quality and performance for this class of card.

Test System
Intel Core i5-2550K (Sandy Bridge), Overclocked to 4.2 GHz @ 1.3 V
Asus P8Z77-V LX.
LGA 1155, Chipset: Intel Z77M
On-Board Gigabit LAN controller
Corsair Performance Memory, 4 x 4 GB, 1866 MT/s, CL 9-9-9-24-1T
Sapphire Radeon R7 260X
1100 MHz GPU, 2 GB GDDR5 at 1625 MHz (6500 MT/s)

XFX Radeon HD 7850
860 MHz GPU, 1 GB GDDR5 at 1200 MHz (4800 MT/s)

Sapphire Radeon R7 265
925 MHz GPU, 2 GB GDDR5 at 1400 MHz (5600 MT/s)

Reference Radeon R9 270
925 MHz GPU, 2 GB GDDR5 at 1400 MHz (5600 MT/s)

Reference GeForce GTX 650 Ti
925 MHz GPU, 1 GB DDR3 at 1350 MHz (5400 MT/s)

Reference GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost
980/1033 MHz GPU, 2 GB GDDR5 at 1502 MHz (6008 MT/s)

Reference GeForce GTX 660
980/1033 MHz GPU, 2 GB GDDR5 at 1502 MHz (6008 MT/s)

Reference GeForce GTX 750 Ti
1020/1085 MHz GPU, 2 GB GDDR5 at 1350 MHz (5400 MT/s)
Hard Drive
Samsung 840 Pro, 256 GB SSD, SATA 6Gb/s
Software and Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro x64
DirectX 11
Graphics Drivers
AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta 6, Nvidia GeForce 334.67 Beta
Nvidia GeForce 334.69 Beta for GeForce GTX 750 Ti

We've almost completely eliminated mechanical storage in the lab, and instead lean on solid-state drives to alleviate I/O-related bottlenecks. Samsung sent all of our offices 256 GB 840 Pros, so we standardize on these exceptional SSDs.

Naturally, discrete graphics cards require a substantial amount of stable power, so XFX sent along its PRO850W 80 PLUS Bronze-certified power supply. This modular PSU employs a single +12 V rail rated for 70 A. XFX claims that this unit provides 850 W of continuous power (not peak) at 50 degrees Celsius (a higher temperature than you'll find inside most enclosures).

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
Metro: Last Light
Version, Built-in Benchmark
Grid 2
Version, Built-in Benchmark Scene D6
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Version 1.05, Custom THG Benchmark, 40-Sec
Battlefield 4
Version, Custom THG Benchmark, 90-Sec
BioShock Infinite
Version, Built-in Benchmark
Far Cry 3
Version 1.05, Custom THG Benchmark, 55-Sec
Arma 3
Version, Custom THG Benchmark, 30-Sec
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