Review: 18% GPU overclock, 14% performance gain
Today we will be talking about another Nvidia GTX 750 Ti card, the company's first Maxwell based product that features a low price and relatively low consumption, yet it promises fairly good performance. The GTX 750 Ti was released a month ago and the card we'll be taking a look at today comes from Gainward. The full name of the card is Gainward GTX 750 Ti Golden Sample 2048MB GDDR5 128B CRT DVI mHDMI.
The GTX 750 Ti uses the GM107 GPU, which is based on the all new Maxwell architecture. New GPU features 640 shaders, 16 ROPs, 40 TMUs and five streaming multiprocessors (SMs).
A very similar product based on the same GPU is the GTX 750 without the Ti suffix. This card has four streaming multiprocessors, 512 shaders, 16 ROPs and 32 TMUs.
The GTX 750 Ti has 2GB of memory, which is enough for gaming at 1080p or lower resolutions. The plain GTX 750 features 1GB of memory, but Gainward and many other AIB partners also have GTX 750 cards with 2GB of memory.
Nvidia's Maxwell architecture delivers exceptional performance per watt, made possible by redesigning and optimizing the existing Kepler architecture. The GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti use about half as much power as old GTS 450 and GTX 550 Ti cards, hence they can even deliver smooth 1080p gaming without external power. The GTX 750 Ti delivers a twofold improvement in performance over the GTX 550 Ti.
The GTX 750 Ti is said to have a 60W TDP and the GTX 750 has a 55W TDP. The card does not even use the full potential delivered by the PCIe slot (75W).
Gainward's Golden Sample is just one of many cards with a non-reference cooler and there are other factory overclocked models from other vendors as well, however the Golden Sample is among highest clocked GTX 750 Ti cards out there. The reference card comes with a base clock of 1020MHz (1085MHz Boost), while the Golden Sample card comes with a Base clock of 1202MHz (1281MHz Boost). The reference memory bandwidth is 86.4 GB/s, and the Golden Sample’s bandwidth is 96.1 GB/s because the Gainward card comes with factory overclocked memory that runs at 6008MHz GDDR5 (reference 5400MHz).