ASUS GTX 750 OC 1 GB Review 9

ASUS GTX 750 OC 1 GB Review

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Here it is, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 750, one of the first GPUs based on its next-generation "Maxwell" GPU architecture, the other being the GeForce GTX 750 Ti. First reports of the chip being based on "Maxwell" hit us by surprise as we presumed that a new micro-architecture is invariably pegged to NVIDIA's foundry partner, TSMC, to launch its next-generation 20 nanometer silicon fabrication process. The fact that TSMC's 20 nm node isn't in a position to ship out such complex ASICs as graphics processors right now and that NVIDIA wouldn't want its new architecture to in any way be hit by unforeseen issues arising out of the move to a new process may have led to the decision to use the existing 28 nanometer process.

The GeForce GTX 750 Ti and the GTX 750 (also launched today) are based on the 28 nm GM107 (GeForce-Maxwell 107) silicon. This 1.87 billion-transistor GPU features a basic component hierarchy that's not too different from that of "Kepler," but sees some under-the-hood changes in the design of its key parallel processing sub-unit, the streaming multiprocessor "Maxwell" (SMM). The GTX 750 Ti is positioned between the GTX 760 and GTX 660, which is a sizable gap to fill. NVIDIA is promising some huge performance-per-watt gains with "Maxwell." Given that the GM107 is based on the same 28 nm process as the GeForce Kepler series, there's only one way NVIDIA can deliver on its promise - by developing a better overall architecture.

We have with us an ASUS card. Featuring a very basic-looking fan and heatsink combination, it draws all its power from the PCI-Express slot, much like the GTX 750 Ti. It's a bold design since there's only so much power you can draw from that slot. It will retail at around $140, which is a $20 price premium over the reference design.

GeForce GTX 750 Market Segment Analysis
GTX 650 Ti
HD 7790
HD 7850
GTX 750
GTX 750 OC
R7 260X
650 Ti Boost
GTX 750 Ti
R7 265
GTX 660
HD 7870
R9 270X
GTX 660 Ti
GTX 760
Shader Units768896102451251289676864010249601280128013441152
Graphics ProcessorGK106BonairePitcairnGM107GM107BonaireGK106GM107PitcairnGK106PitcairnPitcairnGK104GK104
Memory Size1024 MB1024 MB2048 MB1024 MB1024 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB
Memory Bus Width128 bit128 bit256 bit128 bit128 bit128 bit192 bit128 bit256 bit192 bit256 bit256 bit192 bit256 bit
Core Clock925 MHz1000 MHz860 MHz1020 MHz+1059 MHz+1100 MHz980 MHz+1020 MHz+925 MHz980 MHz+1000 MHz1050 MHz915 MHz+980 MHz+
Memory Clock1350 MHz1500 MHz1200 MHz1250 MHz1253 MHz1625 MHz1502 MHz1350 MHz1400 MHz1502 MHz1200 MHz1400 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz
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