MSI GTX750 Ti Gaming OC Edition

Great performance and very power efficient!

MSI GTX750 Ti Gaming OC Edition

 

 

Introduction

It's strange to find a new range of graphics card architecture being headlined with one of their lowest end cards, and without its own new numbering system. The higher end 700 series from Nvidia such as the 780 Ti, the 770 and the 760 all use the Kepler architecture, whilst the recently released 750, and 750 Ti run on the next generation Maxwell architecture. Usually we see the next generation of cards fronted by the most powerful card of that series. The 600 series brought us the 680 and 670 first, with the lower end models arriving weeks later.

However, this release perhaps gives us an insight as to just how power efficient the new Maxwell range will be, as well as a glimpse into possible performance. We know Nvidia have been working on improving the power efficiency of their cards for some time now with various projects such as 'Green Light', and it's great to see their hard work is really starting to pay off.

RushKit takes a look at the MSI GTX 750 Ti:

 

Specifications

Graphics EngineNVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti
InterfacePCI Express x16 3.0
Memory TypeGDDR5
Memory Size(MB)2048
Memory Interface128 bits
Core Clock Speed(MHz)1085 (Boost Clock: 1163) (OC mode)
1059 (Boost Clock: 1137) (Gaming mode)
1020 (Boost Clock: 1085) (Silent mode)
Memory Clock Speed(MHz)5400
Outputs1xDual-Link DVI-D, 1xDSub, 1xHDMI
Display Output (Max Resolution)2560x1600
DirectX Version Support11.2 API (feature 11_0)
OpenGL Version Support4.4
Card Dimension(mm)250 x 128 x 37 mm
Weight540g

 

 

MSI GTX750 Ti Gaming OC Edition   MSI GTX750 Ti Gaming OC Edition

MSI GTX750 Ti Gaming OC Edition   MSI GTX750 Ti Gaming OC Edition  

 

Conclusion

This is the second non-reference 750 Ti we've taken a look at and we have to say we're very impressed with the design. The reference card comprises of a very short PCB with a core only cooler. This shows that it doesn't need a massive cooler to actually cool it, but regardless, a larger cooler will always mean better performance, and potentially lower fan speeds to maintain the same temperatures, which should result in a lower overall noise. MSI have kept their Twin Frozr IV design which we already know performs incredibly well. Unlike the reference cooler, MSI's version does cool the vRAM chips too which should result in a longer life span.

As we've seen on a few of the more recent MSI cards, they now come with three presets for overclocking; Silent Mode, Gaming Mode, and OC Mode. The Silent and Gaming modes would be more for gaming purposes depending on how intensive the game you're playing is, whilst the OC mode would be more for benchmarking purposes, or trying to get the best frame rates possible in your favourite game. It's really great to see features like this from MSI, especially on lower end cards as it gives customers who possibly don't know how to manually overclock themselves the ability to get extra performance in games.

Like the reference design card, MSI's 750 Ti doesn't require any external power connections which means this card is incredibly efficient. The PCIE slot on the motherboard can only deliver a maximum of 75 watts of power, which means even under load whilst overclocked, the MSI 750 Ti can't draw any more power than that. This means you could get away with a very small power supply, making this ideal for smaller form factor systems. Theoretically, you'd be able to run a system with a Haswell, or Ivybridge i3 processor and the 750 Ti on as low as a 200 watt power supply, assuming it was of reasonable quality. This may make the 750 Ti a perfect choice for a low end gaming system.

Another point to note about the MSI 750 Ti is the Hi-c Capacitors, along with the Military Class components. These offer great reliability and longevity over time, and should also run cooler and may yield better performance. Thanks to its 93% efficiency the MSI 750 Ti will also help keep your power requirements to a minimum, and should also offer better overclocking stability.

The 750 Tis do give us a great insight as to just how well the higher end Maxwell cards may be able to perform. The MSI 750 Ti gives a maximum factory overclock of 1163MHz, and even more can be achieved from using MSI Afterburner overclocking utility. For reference, a GTX 780 only comes clocked at 928MHz which will hopefully mean Maxwell cards will over good overclocking potential.

We're really impressed with the MSI Twin Frozr GTX 750 Ti. It looks great, performs really well, and all whilst keeping heat and power requirements to a minimum, making it ideal for a low end system or HTPC.

Thanks to MSI for providing the card. You can discuss your thoughts on the OC3D Forums.

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28-02-2014, 11:42:41

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...111557425l.JPG

We take a quick look at MSI's take on the GTX 750 Ti. Powerful card that requires no extra power connections.

Continue ReadingQuote

28-02-2014, 12:00:14

WYP
Looks like a great card, makes me think that OC3D will need to redo their recommended systems. Maybe replace the old 650Ti boost with one of these?

hmm, looking at the article now a few things could be changed, PSU sizes are too high wattage for the lower end system (considering your recent videos and articles) and the HD 7870 Tahiti isn't available anymore.

Back on topic, I do prefer having no PCI-E power than having the badly located 6-pin the ASUS model has.Quote

28-02-2014, 17:51:12

Zoot
I can imagine this being insanely quiet.

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Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
I do prefer having no PCI-E power than having the badly located 6-pin the ASUS model has.
Stupid as it may be, there's method to the madness. If you look at the PCB, you'll see the power delivery circuitry is near the DVI connectors. It is still funny though, I don't remember ever seeing that done before.Quote

05-03-2014, 01:44:02

Vlada011
I always wonder... How this shape of blades are so efficient and silent... on MSI Gaming cards
For me these blades looks like push more air and cool better but for now they didn't show such domination over others...

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/vbWRR4c.jpg[/IMG]Quote

05-03-2014, 01:54:45

d3rrial
They're silent alright. I'm running this exact card as my GPU Mining card right now and I can't hear even the slightest sound. The only thing I hear is the CPU cooler. All while the card is constantly less than 50°C according to HWMonitor and MSI Afterburner. (And that is with the card overclocked by hand from me to 1280MHz core and 3000MHz Memory)

It didn't even raise the fan-speed. It's unbelievable how good this cooler works for this card.
I guess it could also be cooled passively due to the extremly low TDP, but still, very very quiet.Quote

01-04-2015, 07:21:14

Nine Iron
Just got one of these off eBay, and couldn't be much happier with it - my min FPS have pretty much doubled across the board, and tripled in some cases. Coming from a 650 (non-Ti), this comes for less power and a slightly tidier rig - I can hide the 6-pin round the back, now. I kicked it in the bollocks for an hour with a maxed-out Heaven, but I couldn't make it go over 48 degrees or minimum fan speed. Cushty.

Downers? Well, mine has a very slight cap squeal/rattle when it's under load (and when I turn vsync off and get 200+ FPS, it gets a bit louder), but the game sound and/or Winamp music will drown it out. Also, the heatsink, while effective and gorgeous, is completely unnecessary - I had to move two of my SATA drives to different ports to make room; couldn't they have fit it on a small form-factor PCB?

I currently game at 16*10, but I think a move to full HD would now be feasible.Quote

01-04-2015, 11:05:04

Wraith
Seems strange to me to drop the 6 pin power when it's a OC card, not sure how much more of a OC you'd get in comparison to the Asus GTX750Ti OC, That said even with the 6 pin on the Asus card you can tuck it neatly around the back quite stealthily out of sight. This card how ever is just a great choice for ITX builds they perform brilliantly at 1080 for the price and it's Maxwell Quote

01-04-2015, 11:06:52

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Seems strange to me to drop the 6 pin power when it's a OC card, not sure how much more of a OC you'd get in comparison to the Asus GTX750Ti OC, That said even with the 6 pin on the Asus card you can tuck it neatly around the back quite stealthily out of sight. This card how ever is just a great choice for ITX builds they perform brilliantly at 1080 for the price and it's Maxwell
It really doesnt need the power connectionQuote

04-04-2015, 14:09:05

Nine Iron
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
It really doesnt need the power connection
There are huge threads online where people are getting 1450/6500 without touching the power limit... not enough brave pills in the world, but it's good to know where the ceiling is.Quote
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