I don’t understand fanboys. I never have, I never will. I do admit to being a fanboy of certain things, but those things are not brand related, they are quality and performance related. For example, I like my cases to be very sturdy, easy to work on, well designed to make good use of space, have good airflow and minimalistic styling. There are certain manufacturers that happen to do this better than others, and I do recommend them and am more apt to use certain pieces in their lines. That decision is based on the quality of the component, not on the brand name on the piece. If you give me a case that meets these requirements better than what I have, I don’t care who makes it, I will say that it is the better piece. For some, however, when it comes to GPUs, the entire idea of advocating the better GPU goes out the window. We see far more justifying of shortcomings than we do acknowledging the better piece.
For some reason, GPU fanboys seem to focus all of their attention on the flagship models and just below. It’s rare that you see a heated debate over $149 GPUs, which is really, really strange. The reason that this is so odd is the fact that these are the most common gaming GPUs in use at the moment. Of the most popular GPUs on Steam, eight of the ten most common fall under $199.00, with another at the $249 mark. The sheer volume of people using this class for gaming makes the entry-level card incredibly important. This is the segment that nVidia has targeted for its initial offering based on Maxwell and, if it is any indication of what is to come, we are in for a serious technology bump.
MSI has jumped right out of the gate on Maxwell with a completely proprietary card, the MSI GTX 750 Ti Gaming. The MSI GTX 750 Ti Gaming incorporates their acclaimed Twin Frozr cooler, with Military Class components and a factory OC to 1085/1150 MHz on the base and boost clocks. Like the reference design, the GTX 750 Ti Gaming Edition utilizes only bus power from the slot, with a TDP of 60W, and requires only a 400W minimum PSU. Unlike the reference 750 Ti, MSI has gone with a larger PCB for the Gaming Edition that measures 248mm in length. The GTX 750 Ti Gaming features an upgraded power delivery system using solid caps for increased performance and life, as well as enhanced overclocking capabilities. Using the included Game App software, the user has three selectable OC levels for maximum performance or reduced noise levels. MSI Afterburner is also included, allowing for easy further overclocks, fan tweaking and component monitoring. MSI backs the GTX 750 Ti Gaming with their 3-year warranty.