Gigabye GTX 750Ti Black Edition Review – Chillingly impressive 1080p gaming 
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Alessandro Barbosa
August 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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In the green corner of PC hardware, things have been fairly boring. While everyone waits for Nvidia to release their 800 series, manufacturers are tasked with re-releasing existing cards with a few extra bells and whistles to keep their business booming. These are usually reserved for some of the upper-tier cards, making a mid-range PC gamer’s life a dull affair. Except, it doesn’t have to be that way all the time.

If your wallet cringes at the idea of a GTX 780Ti then you’re probably like most other normal PC gamers. Not everyone can afford the most powerful hardware on the market, and not everyone needs to. Sometimes you just need a capable card to run the latest and great titles at a modest 1080p. That’s where mid-range cards come into play. More importantly, that’s where the Gigabyte GTX 750Ti Black Edition (and catch your breath again) should catch your eye.

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Manufactures like Gigabyte have to keep their business alive while Nvidia dawdles with the release of the 800 series. The 750Ti Black Edition is not the first, but the second revision of the reference card from Gigabyte. The first was a simple factory overclocked version, with improved cooling over the reference solution. The Black Edition keeps these changes and raises the bar in terms of durability and stability.

That’s apparent from the moment you open the box. Sitting on top of the card is a nice little black certificate, which let’s you know that every Black edition card has been individually burnt-in for a staggering 168 hours. There’s all the assurance you need that the factory overclock that this card ships with is 100% stable, with an out of the box base clock speed of 1163 MHz and a boost speed of 1242 MHz. That a little over 100 MHz more than the reference flavour of the card.

The Black Edition also comes with a monstrous cooler for the size of the card, fitting the trademark twin fan Windforce cooling solution on the small Maxwell chip. The fans dwarf the card underneath, which doesn’t exactly make the card look the best but definitely works in practice. A little more on that later though.

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In terms of output, you’re spoiled for choice as well. The card comes with two DVI ports and two HDMI ports, with the latter allowing you to reach 4K resolution with the right monitor setup. I had trouble getting a 60HZ output at that resolution using the two HDMI output, although that’s more of a fault with the Samsung UHD590 monitor I was using. That, and 4K resolution output is still a wild horse to tame unless you’re using a DisplayPort.

So we’ve got a nice, neat 2GB of GDDR5 memory with cool, power efficient Maxwell design and a monster cooler to boot. How well does that all hold up in our Lagzatron 3000 testing regiment? Well, not that bad actually, as long as you keep the resolutions fairly modest of course.

Crysis 3

Crysis 3

Crysis 3 is one of the most demanding titles you can get on a PC, especially when things start inching closer to the 4K region. With the GTX 750Ti Black Edition behind it, Crysis 3 wasn’t exactly a smooth ride. Keeping things low at 1080p produced playable frame rates, and lowing some of the settings would definitely give you a smooth 60 FPS. Anything above 1080p though, and you’re asking for trouble. Frame rates start to take a dive, reaching single digits ion some cases. There’ might be 4K support, but you won’t be playing Crysis 3 at that size.

Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Origins runs on Unreal Engine 3, meaning it’s fairly more forgiving on hardware than most other engines out there. that’s evident in the performance the 750Ti was able to produce, with the game reaching rather high frame rates at 1080p. Hell, you’ll probably get away with running the Dark Knight at some resolutions even, but again 4K is a little bit of a stretch for the mid-range card. Not surprising, and not really a deal breaker.

Metro: Last Light

Metro Last Light

Metro sits on par with Crysis in terms of pushing hardware to its limit in some cases, and the benchmark software that comes with the game does its best to find weak spots. That’s clear even at the lowest resolution we ran tested at, with the 750Ti struggling to keep up with the action in some areas. Toning down on some of the bells and whistles will probably help, but don’t dream at running this at anything higher than 1080p.

Watch_Dogs

Watch Dogs

Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs is woefully optimised on PC. It also happens to be an absolute VRAM killer, soaking up video memory like it’s going out of style. Even top of the range cards struggle to run things smoothly with everything set to max, making this a tough challenge for the 750TI. At 1080p, it performed admirably, with the 2GB of memory helping out in terms of textures and streaming. That all fell away at higher resolutions, with the game transforming into a slide show at 4K.

So why did Gigbyte include the option for 4K on a card that definitely doesn’t have the juice to back it up? A curious question, but one that is immediately answered if you take gaming out of the equation. Sure, playing games at 1080p on a 4K monitor is a waste of money, but grabbing a card that can support that resolution for under R3000 isn’t. It might not handle games well, but multimedia is sorted.

Running the card with 3DMark and the Fire Strike tests just cemented what the above tests suggested. The GTX 750Ti Black Edition is a very, very good option for the mid-range PC gamer, but nowhere near powerful enough for the enthusiast. Although, there was something else that caught my eye during the 3D Mark test in particular. Something that gets me extremely excited about the upcoming 800-series.

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The 750Ti, running on Maxwell architecture, is insanely efficient at dissipating heat. That’s a combination of Maxwell and Windforce working together, with the card never exceeding 48 degrees during the most demanding tests. When idle, the card sat at a cool 32 degrees, which is almost magic to a person like me running a GTX 590 that doesn’t know the definition of cold. That left a little room for some overclocking, although in that regard the card is a little disappointing.

I was able to get around 130 MHz more on the base and boost clock speed before I ran into some issues. Again, the card was kept incredibly cool by the Windforce fans, but it just wouldn’t go much higher than that. Could Gigabyte have pushed it a little more out the box? Possibly, although having a week long burn in test might have proved that these overclocking results aren’t 100% stable over long periods of time. Still, if you’re up for it you could get close to a 10% frame increase with a little bit of tweaking here and there.

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If you’re in the market for solid, 1080p gaming and you’re not content on spending thousands for hardware you won’t fully use, then this is probably the best card you’re going to get from Nvidia’s side. The GTX 750Ti Black Edition is probably the fastest variation of the card, sporting some insane cooling and a week long testing guarantee that is tough to look over.

You also get 4K support for most capable monitors, although that more for multimedia purpose than actual gaming. Gigabyte could’ve worked a bit more on getting a higher overclock out of the box, but there’s no denying that even their little tampering has produced some impressive results.

If you’re in the market for a mid-range card to keep your 1080p gaming alive with recent titles, then you’ll struggle to find something better than this. At least at this price range.

Conclusion

Rad

Gigabye GTX 750Ti Black Edition was reviewed by Alessandro Barbosa

I am a little snowflake, and you can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

  • eXpZA

    Metro 2033
    34fps
    1080p

    R2,361 for graphics card alone. Add thousands to get a semi-decent gaming pc to support this.

    Or just spend 2x the card price, get a PS4 and get a 1080p 60fps Metro 2033 experience.

    Glorious Master Console Race!
    Peasant PC Gaming Race!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Well, 3 times, but the downside to that is having to play games on a console… euw :/

      • eXpZA

        Bleaugh, I know right?! 60fps?! No one wants that!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Exactly! Sies, what a waste of fps :D

      • Hammersteyn

        No sub for the mouse, ever.

        • Travis

          Never, a mouse and keyboard were primarily designed for business applications. A game controller was designed for games obviously I use a xbox controller for my PC games. It is so much better I cant tell you how much.

          Mouse and keyboard only for RTS games.

          • CypherGate

            Mouse and keyboard is fantastic for FPS’s as well. That is the unfortunate truth. Im a console gamer and I know for a fact that FPS’s on consoles is horrible to play on.

          • Travis

            Possibly for a simple FPS, but when there are more abilities than just shoot, eg grenade, magical attacks etc you get dizzy having to know so many keyboard locations for your fingers. I do admire you guys who can do it, but I think a game controller was scientifically created for just playing games, and that it is the optimal solution for most games.

            I use pinnacle game profiler to play PC games that have no offiical controller support. Works like a dream!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Becomes a habit I guess. I always bind the same functions to the same keys so I never have to think much about it. It’s when they start using more keys than my hand can cover without moving my whole arm that I start having problems heh. Being a lefty & using the number pad & arrow keys helps.

          • Travis

            Its definitely a habit and I admire people who have mastered the skill. I do think though if you gave someone who has never used a mouse and keyboard or a game controller, they would take to the game controller far more quickly and easily

          • CypherGate

            Ill admit thats true. My gf struggled to handle a mouse compared to a gaming controller, but once she got into controlling the mouse she found it to have more “freedom” of movement.

          • Travis

            Its they keyboard part i battle with, mouse is ok.

          • CypherGate

            True. Keyboard is a bit of an issue. Its not comfortable. Even for me.

          • Travis

            I played Borderlands 2 with a mouse and keyboard, then I played Bioshock with a xbox controller, and it was Infinitely(get the pun) better playing with a controller.

          • Hammersteyn

            I need to use a mouse,especially when sniping. Right click aim, left click bang

          • Travis

            hold left trigger, push right trigger Bang. lol.

          • CypherGate

            Mouse is a lot more accurate. Thats for sure. Agreed.

          • Travis

            I will actually agree with that. Its the keyboard part that kills it for me. A thumb wheel for example is way better then the dreadfull WASD.

          • CypherGate

            I totally get what you saying, but games like Bioshock and Borderlands works very well. For example the main reason why i enjoy playing FPS’s with keyboard on mouse is simply because of the mouse itself. You have full 360 control with no limit compared to a game controller that has a limit to how far you can look around. Not sure if i explained this correctly. That is my main reason for using mouse and keyboard. Mass Effect I played with mouse and keyboard and that wasnt too bad. Spacebar to access everything isnt too bad. I will admit though that a game controller is so much more comfortable. Enjoy playing racing games and 3rd person games on them.

          • Rags

            Yes, the latest Steelseries, Logitech, Zowie, Razer, etc etc etc are designed with business applications in mind. |]

          • Travis

            Actually yes. They might be gaming mice, but they still have to operate on a PC that can cater for other applications, and hence they are not optimal.

          • Rags

            Not optimal? They are vastly more accurate and in my opinion more comfortable than a controller.

          • Travis

            I think you forgetting that while the mouse is more accurate, you still have to control a whole other device(keyboard).

          • Rags

            Which is not a problem, since you can use all 5 fingers on the left hand. So mouse and KB you can easily use 8 fingers, instead of 6 on the controller. Hell, some people even use their right ring finger too on the mouse.

          • Travis

            6, no I dont think so. I can count 14 on a controller!

          • Rags

            You have 14 fingers? Nvm, you may have typed that before my edit. I meant fingers.

          • Travis

            Its better than having 8 fingers surely :-D

          • Rags

            =)

          • Travis

            Quick question, How many fingers do you guys assign to WASD. I have to use 3, and I find thats what kills me, because then its a mission to use other buttons for jump, abilities etc.

          • Sith JJ

            3 fingers for WASD, pinky on shift/control duty and thumb on space.

          • Spaffy

            That’s it. And you can still easily access q&e, c and the f button for fps games.

          • Travis

            Ok so at least Im not doing it wrong. Its all the different abilities that get me then in these modern games.

          • Sith JJ

            I tend to assign my mouse buttons for some of those, where I can.

          • Rags

            I use esdf, which opens two more keys on the left. By example: For quake I use 1,2,3, a,w,r,g,v for weapons,shift for walk, c for crouch, right mouse for jump.

            Most games similar but just for different interactions such as use, reload, spells, weapon switch and I may use a third of 4th mouse button. If you grow up on quake pressing any of these keys are within instant reach and second nature to use. :P

          • z1n

            Eish. Some of us have more than 14 buttons on our mouse alone. And it’s rumoured that some of us have extra thumbs and fingers as well :o biomods? HL3 confirmed?

          • Sith JJ

            I love my Xbox controller for my pc, but it’s really just for a select few games. My gf, on the other hand, uses her controller for just about everything.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I still don’t understand why you let her boss you around like that.

          • Sith JJ

            LOL

          • Willem Swanepoel

            donno, try to play FPS games on a controller. Your ass will be handed to you on a silver platter ;)

    • Travis

      But with a PC with a decent graphics card you can get 100fps!

      • eXpZA

        … and the banks get a second mortgage. Everyone’s a winner!

        • Travis

          It certainly is expensive!

          • FoxOneZA

            Not really. This $500 PC will make the PS4 look like an entry level gaming system :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIVi6EDmuIQ

          • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

            Thank you for this

          • Willem Swanepoel

            Thanks for sharing. The poor console fanboys needs to be educated ;)

    • FoxOneZA

      R7 260X, which is cheaper than a 750ti, comes with 3 free games for R2K and it will do Metro 2033 and BF4 at 60FPS solid.

      Know your hardware.

      • eXpZA

        So if I buy one of these graphics cards, I just plug it into the wall and I’ll get to play games?

        No… no… wait… you need a whole-freaking-computer to use it.

        • FoxOneZA

          You are obviously trolling. Next you will say the PS4 doesn’t cost “thousands” and the “games” are not “that expensive”.

          • Sith JJ

            Well, to be fair. If I had to choose between two games a month or the allowance for a new car…

          • eXpZA

            The PS4 doesn’t cost “thousands” and the “games” are not “that expensive”.

            This is fun :) PC Gamers get so edgy :D

          • Rags

            Nice trolling. I approve. ;)

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Hahaha this was the most fun I’ve had reading Lagz comments since forever. Thank you sir. Thank you! HAHAHAHAHAHA

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That’s because our hardware is cutting edge! tee hee

        • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

          You can build a PC for R6k that can run metro at 60FPS. Especially with the new G series Intel chipsets. They are cheap and perform exceptionally well. More than enough for the current crop of games

          • Rags

            Yes, they go for R850 a pop. :) Awesome stuff.

          • FoxOneZA

            Wait… next comment will be, but drivers need to be updated before playing anything…

          • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

            lol

          • Sith JJ

            Agreed. I may have changed from Nvidia now, but I still love my Intel chipset.

          • Matthew Holliday

            intel definitely the way to go.

            I regret my AMD decision.

          • FoxOneZA

            Broadwell will throw the market wide open, giving more power to low-end PC’s. exciting times ahead for newbies and upgrade enthusiasts.

          • Sith JJ

            Don’t be silly man. No one this side of Bill Gates can afford a gaming PC.

          • Travis

            Problem is we will all have grey hair if we wait any longer for Broadwell.

          • Matthew Holliday

            6k and 60fps is a bold statement.
            metro2033 is cancer, nothing performs well in that game.

          • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

            I was referring to the better optomised LL. 60fps at 1080 may be a stretch but at high instead of ultra definitely possible and still as good looking as console. With a bit more power

        • MakeItLegal

          Thing is , when the ps5 comes out , u can’t move your games or controllers over … Now I have steam library full of games , for ever pretty much on both my laptop and pc …. Oh pc can play mp3s …. Nudge

          • Sith JJ

            The new consoles are media machines.
            I hear they can even make playlists these days.

          • Spaffy

            That advanced hey?

          • Sith JJ

            It’s crazy. I don’t even know where they’ll go from here.

          • Spaffy

            Soon you’ll be able to surf the net, or even stream television!

          • Sith JJ

            MADNESS!!

        • Maxiviper117

    • Matthew Holliday

      factor in savings from game costs over a year.
      metro2033 isnt a standard for anything, its hardware cancer.

    • Zander Boshoff

      And forever spend insane amounts of money on games while i go get some bargains on steam.

      • Hammersteyn

        Well not quite, you can trade in your old games, PS+ gives free games for three devices every money and they have specials as well. I played Hot Line Miami and Fez which was free for subscribers.Dead Space 3 is downloading a the moment which was free as well. Double Dragon Neon and Serious Sam 3 was on special for around R100 I think.

        • Willem Swanepoel

          See that is the problem. We do not have to trade in shit to be able to buy games ;) PC forever! hahaha.. trolololol

          • Hammersteyn

            Well you can’t trade games either. But yeah I’m not going into who’s best argument. We all have our preference.

  • WarframedSquirrel

    *while looking at Rectron pricelist* Still pricey according to my budget

    • Travis

      How much, I bought a Gtx 770 256 bit, 2GB for about 4k earlier this year.

      • WarframedSquirrel

        It’s about R2350… price list is a few days old.

        • FoxOneZA

          I picked up the R7 260X from Esquire for R2270. it’s way faster than the 750ti. RAM comes clocked at 1500mhz.

          • Sith JJ

            So did I. But got mine somewhere else. But it’s a damn bulletproof card.

          • FoxOneZA

            I was amazed. Think I’ll go for a X-Fire setup soon.

          • Sith JJ

            Well, to be honest. I didn’t even have a budget (read: there was no money set aside for a new card). I just bought my card purely because I was losing my mind over all the problems I had with my Nvidia card. So far I’m really happy.

          • Matthew Holliday
          • Sith JJ

            That is a good deal

          • FoxOneZA

            The 7850 was the first card that brought high-end graphics at a mid-range price.

          • Jack

            Reviews don’t agree with you my friend a reference 750 ti beats a R7 260x in every game please don’t spread misinformation
            Thank you :)

          • Wikkelzzz

            Yeah 750ti definitely beats the r7 260x, maybe you’re comparing it to the 1gb gtx 750 (non ti)…. Oh and for those who might be interested in the R7 260x, you can get them for cheaper than 2.2k http://www.takealot.com/msi-amd-radeon-r7-260x-2gb-gddr5-oc-graphics-card/PLID28720083 still a solid card for the price, but it doesn’t beat the 750ti though :)

          • Wikkelzzz

            For some comparisons here you go :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weYWN_Z8zls

  • Hammersteyn

    That’s a funny looking console.

    • FoxOneZA

      I think it flies.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      So where do you put your games in? How does it connect to your tv?

      • Sith JJ

        I think it’s all bluetooth. You just put your DVD case next to the “console” and it’ll start playing.

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          And if it doesn’t work the first time, you just switch it off and on again?

          • Sith JJ

            Works with Trevor.

      • Hammersteyn

        teh cloudz?

  • Travis

    WTF!, This is still only a 128 bit card. For a new card you have to go 256 bit.

  • Sith JJ

    I am glad to say that I have broken my life-long following of Nvidia and bought my first AMD card last week.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      What did you get?

      • Sith JJ

        My Nvidia card gave me another crash last Sunday after I repeatedly tried to update the driver (to no avail), so I stripped my moer, got in my car and got me a R7 260X

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          haha – welcome to the RED TEAM!

          • Sith JJ

            Proudly.

          • FoxOneZA

            I think most of us here are using AMD :P

          • Spaffy

            Probably true hey.

        • Spaffy

          Not bad. Alot of card for little money

          • Sith JJ

            Absolutely.

          • Spaffy

            Compares well to my 7870 Twin Frozr actually, and that cost quite a penny more almost two years ago

    • Mossel

      And? What did you buy? How much? Where?

      • Sith JJ

        R7 260X
        Forget the place’s name now. But I was on a budget and highly enraged. So far it looks like I should make all my hardware buying decisions when I’m pissed off from now on.

    • Spaffy

      AMD FTW!
      Except in crossfire. Hell I couldn’t handle the stutter

  • Lizzard

    Where and how much?

    • Rags

      R2400 at wootware.

      • Matthew Holliday

        i paid that much for my AMD 7850
        and check the comparison: http://www.hwcompare.com/17309/geforce-gtx-750-ti-vs-radeon-hd-7850/

        • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

          Ah, but one can’t just compare theoretical performance.

          Real world performance is very different story.

          http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2014-vga-charts/compare,3593.html?prod%5B6810%5D=on&prod%5B6943%5D=on

          In most cases the performance difference is less than 2 or 3 FPS. Those results are on reference cards with stock clocks. The black edition above is OC’d so will most likely be pretty much exact in performance if not slightly better.

          The point of the 750Ti is that it can be placed in low power environments for low heat and great performance.

          So if you take in to consideration that the 750Ti on paper is far lower in power than the 7850 and performs on par one can see where nVidia is going with the Maxwell architecture.

        • Viking Of Science

          But that’s comparing the base 750Ti, not the Black Edition….

  • MakeItLegal

    Wow ! I am some what impressed , wonder if this would sli with my gtx 760 or what Eva

    Has anyone here ran into the Max Payne 3 pause glitch ?

    • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

      SLI requires cards with the same architecture and chip revision etc.

      So in 99% of times that means the same card. ie: 760 with 760. 750 with 750.

      In this case the 750Ti can only SLI with a 750Ti because of the Maxwell architecture it is using whereas other 700 series cards are keplar based

      • MakeItLegal

        mmm always knew i would have to buy the exact same card more or less…

      • Alessandro Barbosa

        And unfortunately this GTX 750Ti isn’t SLI compatible :(

        • Spaffy

          Ag darnit, and I just ordered 2.
          Think next time you can mention this in the review?
          :P

        • https://twitter.com/andreferhelst Aries

          Thats a waste

        • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

          Aw man. Really? That’s a shame

    • Sith JJ

      I’m surprised you got Max Payne 3 to run at all.

      • MakeItLegal

        15 seconds at a time :) on ulta :) but it doesnt work and havent found a SOLUTION :( cant wait for gta V its gana be a intersting day for PC gamers

        • Sith JJ

          I am so looking forward to GTA V.

          • Spaffy

            Hell yea

  • FoxOneZA

    So Captain, can we expect a review of the R7 260X and a head-to-head comparison in the first ever Lazygamer GPU showdown?

    • Sith JJ

      Yes please

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      Definitely :)

  • Sith JJ

    I like the pc hardware reviews. It’s like a private party in here.

  • Rags

    I shall refrain from reading the comments in the next hardware review lol. :D

  • http://tumblr.exhibeo.com/ Axon1988

    I can only imagine the difference it would make to play solitaire with this. My gtx285 is not keeping up with it any more. :(

    • WarframedSquirrel

      Solitaire? That’s too much graphics for this!

      • Sith JJ

        Especially at then end when the decks fly around like that.

      • http://tumblr.exhibeo.com/ Axon1988

        Like my GPU responds when I run solitaire: “Wizz Whurr Wvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv BAH” Solitaire, not even once.

    • Spaffy

      GTX285? You must have a moerse PSU toe run that power hungry monster

  • Pieter Smal

    Why don’t you include suggested retail price in the review? Hmmm?

  • Ryanza

    I say get The Witcher 2 and test with the unneccessary ubersampling. It will be interesting to compare the numbers when The Witcher 3 comes out.

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  • Marco Bozza

    Nice review wandro :P Lucky SOB. Fun fact: Guess what Gigabyte are doing with the 168 hour burn-in process? Litecoin Mining :D

    Also, you should include the GPU drivers you did the testing on, just for clarity sake and comparative reviews :)

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