Are we allowed to get this excited about power efficiency? Taken at face value, the GTX 750 Ti won't rock your world in terms of the gameplay experience it delivers, despite favourable comparisons with the next-gen consoles. It's a bit better than the R7 260X - so good enough to run most games at 1080p/high, but it probably won't be troubling the likes of the R9 270X and the GTX 760. However, the arrival of Maxwell has certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons at AMD - the Radeon HD 7850 has been clock-bumped and rebranded as the R7 265, and we should expect price movements as the new Nvidia tech hits the market. However, for all of its technical accomplishment, it's worth pointing out that AMD's R9 270 (the non-X version) is preposterously good value at £130, offering much more raw gaming performance and the wide 256-bit memory bus that so many titles benefit from. In fact it's so good that it makes the £150 270X seem rather over-priced, especially if you're not too concerned about overclocking.
However, the new Nvidia offering is special and unique in its own right, moving into territories where AMD has no answer to its enviable combination of performance and power efficiency. The fact that it's entirely bus-powered with no additional PSU power required opens up the GTX 750 Ti to a vast market of PCs that are otherwise completely unequipped for enthusiast-level gaming. Nvidia is touting the card as ideal for small form factor PCs, where the GTX 750 Ti's miniscule PCB and cool running are likely to make it a very good fit. Indeed, the fact that we could run Crysis 3 at 1080p on high settings with an overclocked i7 and still see power consumption that's competitive with next-gen console is a stunning achievement.
This card might be geared for 1080p gaming, but it has a wide array of outputs which include HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 and 2 x Dual link DVI ports which supports AMD Eyefinity; bear in mind this particular model features 2GB of GDDR5 memory although a 4GB version will be available at some point in the near future.
The R7 250X is set to be a sub-$99 graphics solution "designed for 1080p gaming" and is the successor to the Radeon HD 7770, AMD said. The new GPU has up to 640 stream processors with a clock that can crank up to 1.0GHz, compute performance measuring in at 1.28 TFLOPS, and support for 128-bit GDDR5 memory configurations of up to 2GB with memory speed of up to 4.5 Gbps. Typical graphics boards using the R7 250X will draw up to 95 watts. 2b1af7f3a8