ZOTAC Silences Powerful GeForce GTX 750 Graphics Card

ZOTAC has silences the powerful ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 graphics card with a new passive cooled ZONE Edition. The new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition graphics card combines the gaming prowess of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 GPU with a zero noise cooling system to deliver a quiet PC gaming experience with class-leading features.

“The PC is the only system where you can truly experience next-generation gaming with unrivalled visual fidelity and smoothness. Our new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition gives gamers the performance and stunning graphics they crave while operating silently to focus on the game and not fan noise,” says Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International.

Silencing the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition is an exclusive dual slot fan-less heatsink that ensures the card operates at optimal temperatures for long gaming sessions. The heatsink consists of two copper heat-pipes and aluminium fins to leverage the excellent heat transfer qualities of copper and the outstanding heat dissipation abilities of aluminium.

Game-changing features such as NVIDIA GeForce ShadowPlay and GeForce Experience enhance the gaming experience with the new card. NVIDIA GeForce ShadowPlay enables it to record and broadcast game-play to Twitch for the world to watch while GeForce Experience ensures drivers are up to date and games are optimized for the best smoothness and eye-candy for the graphics card.

NVIDIA G-Sync readiness enables it to connect to compatible displays and deliver unprecedented framerate fluidity for an amazing gaming experience. It’s time to play quietly with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 ZONE Edition!

Thank you ZOTAC for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of ZOTAC.

Nvidia GTX 750 Ti 2GB “Maxwell” Graphics Card Review


Maxwell is finally here after months of speculation and rumours…. but for most of our readers it probably isn’t the “beast” you’ve been expecting. Nvidia is not starting the launch of its new architecture at the high end, as we’ve come to expect, but instead Nvidia’s Maxwell arrives today in two forms, both of which are mid-range, the GTX 750 and the GTX 750 Ti, the latter of which we are testing. Maxwell is continuing Nvidia’s longer term and ongoing objective of improving power efficiency in their GPUs. In fact Nvidia have come a long way in this regard because this is the first time we’ve ever seen a mid-range Nvidia card with no supplementary power needed – both Maxwell cards being launched today require no additional power connectors other than the PCI Express bus.

However, before we take a look at the technical details surrounding Maxwell and the GM107 GPU that forms the basis of the GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750, let’s first go over the specifics of the new GTX 750 Ti. The first question is where does the GTX 750 Ti fit in to Nvidia’s current range of products? The answer to that is actually quite simple. The GTX 750 Ti quite logically replaces the GTX 650 Ti, and GTX 650 Ti Boost. It gets a bit strange with the GTX 750 though because the GTX 750 will be placed above the GTX 650, which doesn’t get discontinued. That means Nvidia’s current mid range consists of three new cards and two old ones as the diagram below demonstrates.

Moving on to the specifications and we can get a closer idea of what this graphics card will do. The GTX 750 Ti has a fully enabled GM107 GPU with all five SMMs (streaming multiprocessors) enabled. This gives the GTX 750 Ti 640 CUDA cores, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The base clock comes in at over 1GHz with 1020MHz on the core and a 1085MHz boost speed which it should be noted is fully compatible with Nvidia’s latest GPU Boost 2.0 technology that allows consumers to tune their temperature/power and clock targets to their own preference. Importantly though for the mid-range market Nvidia has given this card 2GB of GDDR5 making sure it offers enough frame-buffer for users to take advantage of higher resolutions or multiple monitors. Importantly though let me draw your attention to the power consumption – just a 60W maximum TDP and a 300W power supply needed – impressive stuff. Remember the GTX 650 Ti was a 110W part and the GTX 650 Ti Boost was a 135W part (with 400 and 450W PSU recommendations respectively) so this is almost half the power! This paves the way for the GTX 750 Ti to fit into small form factor systems, a perfect GPU for any mini-ITX build that is thermally constrained.

Nvidia’s GTX 750 Ti is being aimed at a lot of people, but there is a more specific group of people Nvidia are hoping to attract the attention of. Nvidia have used data from the latest Steam Hardware Survey, which says 1.96% of Steam Users still use a GTX 550 Ti, to target this new graphics card at GTX 550 Ti owners. This is for two reasons: the card will cost a similar amount to what they paid for their GTX 550 Ti when it first came out and the GTX 550 Ti is about 3 years old and most people upgrade graphics cards after about 2 years of ownership. Therefore making the GTX 750 Ti an ideal upgrade pathway for GTX 550 Ti users. So what can you expect if you upgrade from a GTX 550 Ti? Nvidia says more than twice the performance.

Interestingly, that is more than twice the performance AND at nearly half the power consumption thanks to Maxwell’s efficiency.

And it only takes some simple maths to see that the Maxwell design in the GTX 750 Ti is 4X as efficient as the Fermi design in the GTX 550 Ti – it certainly is a very compelling upgrade pathway.

Nvidia believes the GTX 750 Ti is a very flexible graphics card. It’s low TDP means less heat and less power consumption. This means less cooling is required, so it will fit into smaller cases with low airflow, and less power is needed, so it can fit into tiny cases that won’t accept full ATX power supplies.

Of course if you have a modest pre-built PC with integrated graphics (something made by Acer, HP, Dell, ZooStorm, Lenovo, etc…) then the GTX 750 Ti is also ideal because all you need is a free PCIe slot and 60W extra power to spare and you’re good to go. In any modern PC (even the most basic of pre-built ones) you should be able to find both of those things so the GTX 750 Ti makes an ideal buy in those scenarios. It can save you from having to make an expensive power supply upgrade!

AMD Preparing R7 265 To Fight Upcoming Nvidia GTX 750

AMD’s HD 7850 that the R7 265 is rumoured to be based on

This article is definitely one to take with the relevant precautions because put simply it is a rumour based on a rumour. According to VR-Zone AMD are preparing an R7 265 graphics card to take on Nvidia’s GTX 750 graphics card. Both graphics cards are yet to be released to the market but we’ve seen one of the graphics cards before. AMD’s R7 265 is expected to be a rebrand of the HD 7850 and it will take on Nvidia’s new Maxwell based GTX 750. We have no idea of how this will compare to the GTX 750 because we don’t know how Nvidia’s GTX 750 will perform. All we do know is the GTX 750 has to be slower than the GTX 760 and everyone knows how fast the HD 7850 is so it will be an interesting battle.

The R7 265 should have 1024 GCN cores, 64 texture mapping units (TMUs), 16 compute units (CUs), 32 ROPs and 2GB of GDDR5 memory across a 256 bit bus. The clock speeds of the R7 265 are not known but if they mirror the HD 7850 they will be 860MHz on the core and 4800MHz effective on the memory. In terms of pricing the R7 265 should fall between the R7 260X which costs $139 and the R9 270 which costs $179. Therefore we should expect pricing of $159.

There are no indications of when we should expect to see the R7 265 but presumably AMD will release it shortly before or shortly after Nvidia release their GTX 750. The GTX 750 is rumoured to be launching this month.

Image courtesy of AMD

Rumour: Nvidia GTX 700 Series Coming This May

We are already pretty certain that AMD’s next generation of graphics cards, the HD 8000 series, won’t arrive properly until October. By properly we mean the recently released HD 8570, and other similar OEM graphics cards, don’t really count because they are just rebrands of HD 7000 series tech. With that said, we are pretty surprised to hear rumours that Nvidia’s GTX 700 series will be coming this May, aka within the next month. They will apparently have the mid range models available by mid-May, the high end models available by the end of May and then everything else ready for an entire showcase at the Computex 2013 event.

According the rumoured report the GTX 700 series will be heavily based on the existing GeForce GTX 600 Kepler silicon with some feature set updates and product realignment. This means the GTX 700 series isn’t actually new at all, if anything the entire series is just a total rebranding exercise. By product realignment we mean the existing products shift down the nomenclature into the next series and only the top end of the market sees new graphics cards. For example the GTX 680 becomes the GTX 770, the GTX 670 becomes the GTX 760Ti and so on.

What’s also interesting is that those GTX Titan LE and GTX Titan Ultra graphics cards we heard about, may actually get absorbed into the GTX 700 product stack. This would mean that the current Kepler GTX 680 series line up would make up the GTX 770 all the way down to the bottom and then the GTX Titan LE may be the GTX 780 with the GTX Titan Ultra being released as part of the GTX 700 series or being dubbed something like GTX Titan II.

In an effort to achieve clarity, I think we may see the following based on these rumours:

GTX 790 = Dual GTX Titan LE

GTX Titan II = GTX Titan Ultra

GTX 780 = GTX Titan LE

GTX 770 = GTX 680

GTX 760Ti = GTX 670

GTX 760 = GTX 660Ti

GTX 750Ti/Boost = GTX 660

GTX 750 = GTX 650 Boost

GT 740 = GTX 650

This also leaves space for the GTX 790 to be based on dual Titan LE, Titan or Titan Ultra/II GPUs – which would make an absolute mammoth graphics card.

What are your thoughts on this rumour? Does it sound realistic or does it seem fake?