Whilst the Radeon R9 290X and GeForce GTX 780 Ti still wage war in the high-end, NVIDIA found the perfect time to test the waters for its latest GPU architecture. Although based on the same 28nm fabrication process, the new Maxwell GPU (GM107) from NVIDIA are promised to deliver ground-breaking performance-per-watt.
Targeting the lower-mainstream product stack, NVIDIA goes head-on with AMD‘s salvo of R7 cards that scatter this price segment with only a pair of cards based on the Maxwell GPU, the GeForce GTX 750 and GeForce GTX 750 Ti. ASUS has sent us their custom-cooled GTX 750 for review and we will witness first-hand just how much power improvements NVIDIA and Maxwell will bring to the table.
The GeForce GTX 750
We’ve stated it far too often in our recent GPU reviews: both NVIDIA and AMD let nearly 2 years pass before proceeding in creating renewed GPU architectures. This has worked out well in their favor regardless, refining the existing technology and squeezing out every ounce of performance from the existing silicon.
The Maxwell GPU is based on a 28 nanometer fabrication process which is not what some were expecting as some speculated that Maxwell would be on the 20nm process. For good reasons though, the 20nm fab has yet to mature and NVIDIA cannot risk it. So based on the 28nm fab, Maxwell was born.
The GeForce GTX 750 is equipped with 512 CUDA cores clocked in at 1020Mhz and with GPU Boost 2.0, can spike upwards to 1085Mhz. The GPU is complemented with 1GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5000Mhz on a 128-bit bus. NVIDIA hints at a possible 2GB variant but nothing solid for now. The GTX 750 is aimed at competing with the 120$ Radeon R7 260X at which it shares the same price point.
ASUS improves on the reference model by utilizing its choice components and a redesigned PCB. Along with this, ASUS puts a larger heatsink with a dust-proof fan to improve cooling performance on their GTX 750.
Our specific model is the OC version which is factory-overclocked to 1059Mhz and boosts up to 1137Mhz. The memory also gets a tiny boost to 5010Mhz.
Dust-proof fanÂ resists dust and particles for 25% longer graphics card longevity.
Premium alloys in powerÂ delivery components defeat heat for cards that run 15% faster and last 2.5 times longer than reference.
1137 MHZ engine clock for better performance and outstanding gaming experience.
GPU TweakÂ helps you modify clock speeds, voltages, fan performance and more, all via an intuitive interface.
GPU Tweak StreamingÂ let you share on-screen action in real time â€“ so others can watch live as games are played.