We've been wondering for a while when we would be seeing passively cooled GTX 750 (Ti) cards, and it seems our innermost desires are being fulfilled. Palit released its GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti KalmX series graphics cards.
The GTX 750 and 750 Ti are both very efficient, low-power cards, and it would just make sense for someone to make a passively cooled version. We know that it is possible because we've done it ourselves. Palit accomplishes the task with its KalmX cards, which are built with a large fanless heat sink.
Both of the cards are clocked at 1020 MHz, with GPU Boost clocks able to go up to 1185 MHz. Memory for the 750 KalmX is clocked at 5010 MHz, while the 750 Ti KalmX memory is clocked at 5500 MHz. Both cards carry 2 GB of memory running over a 128-bit memory interface. The performance difference between the two is largely derived from the difference in the core count. The GTX 750 Ti carries 640 cores while the GTX 750 has only 512.
No exact word on pricing yet, but the GTX 750 cards are not all that expensive, and we don't expect anything out of the ordinary for these.
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Palit makes really good quality and reliable cards from my experience.
I know I will, I would insist on using my old LGA775 E5400 with measly 1x2GB DDR2 and HD3650, to pop this under the hood rather than updates my entire PC under the same cost as this GPU that would perform worse.
And with passive cooling? It would even eliminate my needs for a new PSU should I take the same GPU cost from AMD.
I'd take one, despite knowing that it would still run quite hot with such cooling measure. I'd just open my case and put a fan on the side of it :v
The card could probably be undervolted and underclocked a bit too further with bios modding for it's different P-States. I'm not sure how much effort Palit put into working on it's voltages and efficiencies which helps with heat and power consumption, but I bet it's got some pretty good headroom for improvement.
The gtx 680 pasive cooled however looks epic.