Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 performed well throughout our testing. In terms of framerates, the GeForce GTX 750 Ti typically landed somewhere in between the Radeon R7 260X and R7 265, and trailed the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost. There were a couple of spots—namely Batman Arkham Origins and Bioshock Infinite—where the GeForce GTX 750 Ti was able to pull well ahead of the Radeon R7 265, however. The GeForce GTX 750 traded blows with the Radeon R7 260X, though the GeForce was the faster of the two cards overall.
Where the GeForce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti really shined was in regard to power consumption. Despite offering competitive overall performance to their peers, the cards consumed far less power under load. The effort NVIDIA put into improving power consumption and efficiency have clearly paid off with Maxwell. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti is also a very capable overclocker. The EVGA card we tested had no trouble hitting a GPU frequency in excess of 1.4GHz. And reference models should be able to hit upwards of 1.3GHz without much effort.
It should be pretty obvious at this point why AMD adjusted pricing on the Radeon R7 260X and announced the Radeon R7 265 last week. NVIDIA’s new GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 compete favorably with the cards and they’re arriving at similar price points too. Reference GeForce GTX 750 cards will carry an MSRP of $119, while GeForce GTX 750 Ti cards will be priced around $149. The Zotac cards we took a look at will be priced in-line with NVIDIA’s suggested pricing, but the company will also offer an overclocked GTX 750 Ti at $164.99. The completely custom EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti FTW card will arrive at $169.99. Unlike the Radeon R7 265 though, you’ll actually be able to buy GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 cards today.
In terms of their price vs. performance, the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 won’t shake things up too much on the desktop. Performance is good and pricing is in-line with competing offerings. The GM107 GPU’s relatively low power consumption is a clear differentiator, however, and make it extremely well suited to small form factors and mobile applications. We suspect this GPU is going to find its way into a smorgasbord of Steam Boxes, all-in-one systems, and eventually gaming laptops.
We’re used to seeing NVIDIA launch big, honking, chips to showcase a new architecture, but the GM107 gives a nice glimpse into what Maxwell can do. Overall, we really dig the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750. The cards offer competitive performance, in a small, cool, and quiet form factor.