• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
  • Core Clock: 1,124MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1,202MHz
  • Memory Size: 2GB GDDR5
  • Ports: 1x DisplayPort, 1x DVI-I, 1x HDMI
  • Pros:
  • Good performance per watt
  • DirectCU II cooling technology
  • No need for PSU power
  • Reasonably priced
  • G-Sync support
  • Cons:
  • No SLI support
  • Overclocking capability is limited
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark (Fire Strike): 4,228 points
  • 3DMark (Fire Strike Extreme): 2,068 points
  • 3DMark (Cloud Gate): 18,613 points
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0: 941 points

Spoilt For Choice

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 750 Ti was launched in February this year and when it was announced it received quite a bit of fanfare as it was the perfect card for gamers on a budget who didn’t want any compromises when it came to features and performance. While the GTX 750 Ti has taken a backseat to make way for NVIDIA’s bigger and more powerful GeForce GTX 900 cards, ASUS has found a way to bring this tiny powerhouse back into the limelight by giving it their Strix makeover.

This isn’t actually the first time ASUS has dabbled with the GTX 750 Ti as they also have another variant in their DirectCU II OC line, which we reviewed in May. So what’s the difference between this one and the previous one? Quite a bit actually but let’s start off in the looks and cooling department. The Strix OC Edition actually uses the same DirectCU II cooling system but now sports that very cool owl eyes design the Strix line is known for. It is also noticeably slimmer compared to the previous card we tested, which is great for those who are looking to build a compact gaming rig.

Due to the lack of space, there aren't many ports on the card just the necessities. Also, it does have a DisplayPort, which means you can use it with a G-Sync ready monitor

Due to the lack of space, there aren’t many ports on the card just the necessities. Also, it does have a DisplayPort, which means you can use it with a G-Sync ready monitor

One thing really cool (pun intended) about the cooling system on this card is that it doesn’t even turn on when the GPU’s temperature is low. So this means if you’re just browsing the web or working on some documents, the card remains quiet. And even when it does turn on, the card is still very quiet, we hardly noticed it going spinning even when we were testing it out with games.

Also, unlike the previous card we tested, this one only comes with three ports, this includes a HDMI, DVI-I and DisplayPort. Or in other words, the necessities. However, with a DisplayPort, gamers can actually take advantage of G-Sync, which was a missing feature in the previous card. On top of that, the Strix OC Edition, despite being overclocked quite significantly compared to the vanilla card and DirectCU II OC edition, doesn’t require power from a PSU.

Performance wise, the card produced scores that were slightly higher compared to the DirectCU II OC Edition but is still around the upper entry-level to mid-range bracket. So if you’re one of those gamers that wants textures and details that are super lifelike, this card won’t blow you away. Much like the previous card, overclocking is also quite limited due to NVIDIA’s power limiter which automatically lowers the clock speed when the card’s power reaches its limits.

CHIP CONCLUDE: When all is said and done though, the ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti Strix OC Edition is definitely one of the better variants of the card out there as it comes with a very reasonable price tag and still comes with all the features you’d expect from a higher-end NVIDIA card.

(previously published in issue December 2014)

ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti STRIX OC Edition (STRIX-GTX75-TI-OC-2GD5)