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May 01, 2014

ASUS GTX 750 Performance Review


ASUS' PC components are widely known and much endorsed by PC enthusiasts around the globe for their exceptional quality, durability and performance. Despite of all the high-end offerings from ASUS, today we take on the opportunity to get our hands dirty on the value oriented ASUS' GeForce GTX 750 OC that utilizes Nvidia's latest GPU architecture Maxwell (GM107).  Huge thanks to ASUS Malaysia for providing us this sample unit, making today's review a great success.

SRP of RM 519.00 might not sounds like a sweet spot price at first, but let us dive further in exploring what features has been offered by this card in determining the yay or nay factor. 


Technical Specifications
Technical Specs
ASUS GTX750-PHOC-1GD5
Dimensions
184.9mm x 115mm x35.8mm
CUDA Cores
512
Base Clock
1059 MHz
Boost Clock
1137 MHz
Bus Standard
PCI Express 3.0
Video Memory
1024 MB
Memory Clock
5010 MHz
Memory Interface
128-bit
Display Output
D-Sub Output : Yes x 1
DVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-D)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1
HDCP Support : Yes
Highlights
·         Factory overclocked
·         Power consumption up to 75W without additional PCI Express power required
·         ASUS GPU Tweak

CUDA and PhysX support delivers better experience in overall



Overview

Some highlight on the prominent features can be found on the aesthetic looking front packaging, as Super Alloy Power being the most notable feature.


Further details on the prominent features are described at the back of the packaging. Not only that, there's a preview image of the actual appearance of the card so end users can get the idea of how the card looks like.


We're surprised by the content as first as there were no traces of any DVI to VGA converter, nor any of the 4pin molex to 6pin PCI Express adapter. 


The card is equipped with a dust proof fan for an increased lifespan and a large chunk of gold colored heatsink in the same color scheme as the Z97-Deluxe of ASUS' latest motherboard line up that we have previously reviewed.


It's good to see that this card still comes with the good-o VGA port as this benefits those who are still using monitors has VGA input as the only available option.


In place of the usual SLI finger, we've noticed there's a ready slot for a 6pin PCI Express connector. The question then arises as how far can we push this card if there's a 6pin PCI Express connector available and external power source is supplied to the card via the 6pin PCI Express connector.


Back layout of the card.


Performance Test

Test will be conducted using a card from the red camp at similar price range - the R7 260X. Both cards is installed to our test rig with the following configuration and room temperature of 31C°.


Test Rig Configuration

CPU Cooler
Corsair H100i
CPU
I7 4770K @4.3 GHz
Motherboard
ASUS Sabertooth Z87
Memory
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB
Primary Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
Power Supply
Corsair AX650
Chassis
Bitfenix Ronin
Display Monitor
Dell U2312HM



Performance

Result of our performance test is presented in the graph above, ran with several graphically demanding games and synthetic benchmark in our possession at the resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 4x Anti-aliasing. 

The GTX 750 from the green camp did a surprisingly good job throughout the test, owning the red camp with ease. Even with limited power source, we're able to push the GPU base clock to 1215 MHz and Memory clock to 5600 MHz without any signs of choking. 

Temperature

Both cards are stressed with FurMark gpu stress test utility for maximum heat output and the outcome is presented in the graph above. 

Do note that purpose of this GPU stress test is to check on the highest temperature both cards will reach and this doesn't represent the temperature you will be getting during gaming session or any other daily usage.


Condition of the dust proof fan after days of our test, you can see more dust particles gathered around the shroud and the side of the ASUS fan sticker instead of the fan blades.


Verdict
ASUS GTX750 OC delivers exceptionally well performance and value, much more than our initial expectation - owning the R7 260X in performance without external power source supplied. 

Pros
- Solid build quality 
Factory overclocked yet still can be overclocked slightly for a little extra performance
- Delivers good performance with no extra power connectors required
- Comes with VGA port that gives much convenience to users with monitor with VGA connector
- Dust-proof fans, less accumulated dust particles on fan blades
- Suitable for middle ranged small form factor gaming machine

Cons
- Price is a little expensive
- No SLI support
- Limited overclocking capability


Performance wise, the ASUS GTX750 OC did exceptionally well and we don't have much to complain about.  Still, we would say that the price tag of RM519 might be a little expensive but we will not hesitate to recommend it to those who wish to build a middle range gaming PC and has a slightly little extra budget to go for, in exchange for better efficiency. ASUS GTX750 OC is hereby awarded with our Tech Critter Silver Award. 




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