Date: Tuesday , August 05, 2014
PNY Technologies is famous for memory, including flash memory cards, USB flash drives and SSD drives. It was established in 1985 and aims toward gearing consumers with high-quality consumer graphics cards, and professional graphics cards, among other computer hardware.
On our test bench today is the PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC (VCGGTX750T2XPB-OC) video card.
Today's evaluation is a continuation of our look into finding the best value for gameplay performance at 1080p under $200. In the first part of this in-depth look into various video cards under $200 for 1080p gaming we started with the ASUS Radeon R7 260X DirectCU II in comparison to an ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti DirectCU II.
In the second part of this under $200 evaluation we took a deeper look at the ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti DirectCU II. We also gave a complete overview of the ASUS R7 265 DirectCU II video card, which we are also using today. Later, we will take our highest overclock achieved on this PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 and compare it to the highest overclock achieved on each the ASUS R7 265 DC II and ASUS GTX 750 Ti DC II OC.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti is based on the "Maxwell" architecture. This is the first of the next generation of GPUs. The "Maxwell" architecture focuses fully on delivering twice the performance of the previous generation of video cards, while only consuming half as much energy. The TDP is only 60W, and generally only requires a 300W power supply to provide efficient energy.
The GeForce GTX 750 Ti has 640 CUDA cores, with a base clock at 1020MHz and boost clock up to 1085MHz. Of course, the actual frequency in game can go even higher than this with NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0. The GTX 750 Ti has 2GB of memory, operating on a 128-bit memory bus at 5.4GHz.
As stated earlier, the primary reason we are using the ASUS 750 Ti DirectCU II OC in this evaluation is because it shares the exact MSRP of $150 with the R7 265 video card. It will also help us draw a clear and concise conclusion on which video card provides the best gameplay experience at 1080p, while costing under $200.
The PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC's most intriguing feature is its factory overclocked performance. Generally a reference GTX 750 Ti operates at 1085MHz on its boost clock. PNY has this video cards boost clock set to run at 1281MHz. That's 196MHz faster than a reference model from NVIDIA. PNY also takes the liberty of increasing the memory's clock speed from 5.4GHz, all the way up to 6GHz.
The PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC's "Ultimate Cooler" technology is very simplistic on this model. This video card does not generate a lot of heat. It is based on NVIDIA's next generation GPU, which has reduced power consumption. Because of that, there is minimal heat being generated. There is one heatsink that is directly contacting the GPU, and it is cooled by a single fan mounted on the face of the video card. This is enough to keep the PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC cool under load.
Unfortunately PNY does not offer its own overclocking utility with this video card. That being said, you can still manually overclock it using some third party software. This will allow you to push past the factory overclock, and achieve even faster frequencies. PNY really does try to squeeze out every bit of performance before shipping these video cards out, but there's always room for improvement. Overclocking is also somewhat limited because there is no additional PCIe power connector required, it simply draws its power from the motherboard.
PNY offers a one year warranty with optional "lifetime" for the original purchaser upon completion of a registration form on PNY's website. This is definitely something you'll want to do. "Lifetime" warranty with PNY is however limited to the time the video card is actually sold in retail.
LIFETIME WARRANTY - PNY Technologies, Inc. ("PNY") warrants the product, to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the product as sold to the original purchaser ("purchaser"), subject to all the terms and conditions hereunder. This warranty is for replacement for like items only. Lifetime replacement warranty does not cover items out of production if the company no longer stocks them. (Lifetime is defined as the lifetime of the product on the market. Outdated technology is not covered by lifetime warranty if the item is no longer available on the common market as a new product.)This warranty is not assignable.
The PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC ships in a small box, but is snugly fit into its packaging so it won't bounce around. The accessory package includes a driver CD and quick install guide, a DVI to VGA adaptor, and an HDMI to mini-HDMI connector.
The PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC is matte black with a glossy black fan, and gold printed logo in the middle of the fan. The board is printed on black PCB that pulls the color scheme of black and gold together well. It feels very lightweight but still durable. The single fan is mounted directly above the heatsink which is touching the GPU.
The rear I/O panel houses two dual-link DVI-D connectors, and a mini-HDMI connector. This video card does not require an additional power adaptor from the power supply, it simply draws its power from the motherboard. It measures 6.5 inches in length, 1.5 inches wide, and 4 and 3/8th inches in height.