In days of old, when men were bold and GPUs weren’t invented, they took a box and put a hand in a sock to keep the masses contented. It’s been a long time since people entertained themselves by going to see a marionette show at the local theater. Marionettes were later replaced by plays, which were replaced by film projectors and, in the present day, a disc in a computer, which requires a GPU to render the image. Where would we be today without the technologies we have grown accustomed to and take for granted? Still gathering in front of the radio to listen to Lawrence Welk or maybe watching a black and white 12” TV that has no sound? Video has become a part of everyone's daily life and as new technology emerges, the need for more powerful rendering has driven the industry farther in four years than the last eight combined.
The days of power hungry large electronics have been replaced by smaller, slimmer, powerful, energy efficient electronics. Desktop computers are no different, the super towers have been replaced by compact cases that free up floor space and actually fit on the desktop. This has led to a minor issue and that is gaming. Since smaller cases cannot house large wattage power supplies and full size video cards, high end gamers either opt for the power hungry super tower or bite the bullet and trim down the eye candy to accommodate the less than desirable video card that will fit into the smaller system. Powerful video cards require higher wattage and take up a large amount of space. It has been the nature of the beast for quite some time, more performance means increased power consumption and large PCB. There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, however, as NVIDIA is announcing a new generation of graphics solutions and the driving force behind it is a Graphics Processing Unit called Maxwell. Starting with the entry level GeForce GTX 750 and 750Ti, NVIDIA’s new architecture boosts performance up to three times its prior generations and consumes almost half the power. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti consumes a quarter of the power the Fermi based GTX 480 did, at times matches its performance and is a quarter of the price.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti is the first graphics card to be based on NVIDIA’s new Maxwell architecture. The GTX 750Ti features the GM107 GPU with 640 CUDA cores and has been engineered to raise the bar for entry level cards. The core clock is set to 1020MHz for the base with a boost of 1085MHz, while the 2GB of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 5400MHz on a 128-bit bus. Connectors include two Dual-link DVI and one mini-HDMI ports. This brings full 1080p HD gaming at normal to high settings to both entry level and small form factor PCs. The new architecture offers up to 25% more performance, while offering up to two times the power efficiency. Included with the GTX 750Ti is support for the new G-SYNC technology, GPU Boost 2.0, and GameStream. The reference 750Ti is very small at only 5.75 inches and uses less than 75W of power, therefore it can be run directly off of the PCI-E slot. Additionally, NVIDIA’s partners will be releasing factory overclocked versions.
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