In an article I published earlier which takes a look at AMD’s Radeon R9 290X and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 780 Ti, I mentioned that a high-end graphics card (in this case, one that retails for $700) doesn’t look that impressive nowadays with a mere 3GB framebuffer. At the low-end, the same could be said about 1GB; even if it’s not guaranteed that more than 1GB is needed, it tends to instil a bit more confidence when a card has at least 2GB.
For that reason, NVIDIA’s just-released GeForce GTX 750 might have looked unappealing to some, with its meager 1GB. But, NVIDIA has no qualm about vendors upping the card’s memory, and that’s just what EVGA has done with two new models.
Compared to their 1GB variants, EVGA’s 2GB 750s will cost $10 more. The standard card is $130, and features reference clocks of 1020MHz core and 5012MHz memory. The Superclocked version is priced at $140 and boosts the core clock to 1215MHz while retaining the same memory speed of 5012MHz. The Superclocked model also includes a copper core insert which EVGA claims reduces the temperatures by 5°C – something I admit seems kind of unimportant given the fact that the card runs cool to begin with (our Ti sample peaked at 66°C, and it came equipped with the most simplistic of coolers).
It’s worth noting that both the 750 and 750 Ti from EVGA, regardless of model, includes vouchers for three free games: Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, Rise of the Triad, and Deadfall Adventures – quite an impressive bonus given the low-cost of the cards.
The big question: Is the 750 2GB worth it at $130 when a Ti can be had for just $20 more? In that match-up, I’d vouch for the Ti; it has 25% more cores, and can be overclocked for even more performance. Given the massive boosts to the clocks on the 750 Superclocked, it might come close to the stock performance of the 750 Ti, but the difference here is $10. I’d say spend that extra $10, and enjoy similar performance without overclocking, or delve into overclocking to take things to the next level.