In this article, I give you my EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB SC review with specs included. Who should buy it? Who should not buy it? And, what it’s useful for, what problem it solves? Those are the basic questions that I have in mind when writing a review of any product. Now, I believe that this card is a great card for a certain subset of computer users and that is those people who own a pre-built desktop computer that has integrated graphics and wants to be able to play more advanced games.
For example, let’s say that you bought yourself a nice mini Tower, something about 7-inch wide by about 6-inch tall and it came from ASUS, Acer, Dell, HP. Lenovo, one of the major name companies.
It’s a nice pretty box, it comes with Windows, it certainly works for web browsing, Skype, casual games, will certainly play solitaire, it may even play stuff like kids games like Lego Star Wars and stuff but it won’t play more advanced games. maybe you want to get into Battlefield, maybe you want to play Grand Theft Auto, Assassin’s Creed, The Witcher, you want to play Fallout 4…
There’s a number of really fun games out there that you want to play but you try a few and you discover that the performance is simply not acceptable. The reason for that is by far the majority of these pre-built systems come with what’s called integrated graphics. They will come with whatever comes on the CPU or the motherboard inside the system. It certainly is perfectly adequate for playing casual games. It’s perfectly adequate for running windows but it’s not good enough to play the really pretty and fancy games. So, that’s where this comes in. This is an excellent card to add to those types of systems.
This card is priced at $110, it has enough graphic power to play most games, even the current latest and greatest generation games at medium to high levels of graphic detail between 30 to 60 frames per second on a single 1080p monitor. Now that was a lot so let me break that out a little.
This card will not play every game at Ultra detail, it just won’t. It’s not designed for it, it’s not powerful enough but that’s okay. If you look at pretty screenshots of your games you’ll see the ultra detail does in fact look better than the medium detail. But, when you’re busy running and gunning or driving a car around town or whatever it is you’re doing, you may not look for the blades of grass to be really pretty or look how sunny the clouds are because you’re trying not to crash or be shot.
So, if you’re willing to be a little bit compromising on the detail, moving it from ultra down to high or down to medium, and you don’t want to play it greater than 1080p, this may very well be the card for you.
Now, let’s talk about 1080p really quickly. 1080p is sort of a standard Full HD resolution. It’s the resolution most of your TVs will run on and it’s the resolution that most desktop computer monitors run on, at least the ones released in the past few years. There are other resolutions but 1080p is the most common.
1080p simply means 1920 pixels across by 1080 pixels vertically. If you multiply 1920 by 1080 you get just over 2 million. That’s 2 million dots or pixels of light that the card has to draw each frame of the game. If the game is running at 60 frames a second then that poor card has to draw 120 million pixels per second, little dots of light either red, green, blue, black, on or off, whatever it may be, that’s why you need an added graphics card compared to the built-in graphics that come into most computers.
This card will run 1080p games well enough. A Battlefield 4 for example, a very popular game, thousands and thousands of people still playing. It’s actually not the latest one at the moment. Battlefield Hardline is the current latest and greatest Battlefield but a lot of people still play Battlefield 4. It will play Battlefield 4 at Ultra detail most of the time at about 45 frames per second, that’s halfway between 30 and 60. Why is that important?
I don’t consider anything below 30 frames per second to be playable, it’s too jittery, you move, and it instead of moving smoothly as you turn it goes junk, junk, frame, it kind of hops. It’s difficult to play fast-moving action games when your screen is jerking. On the other hand, anything over 60 frames a second is largely a waste because most monitors have what’s called 60 Hertz or 60 refreshes per second.
If your monitor is some other refresh rate, that is an exception but for most people, this is the case. Those monitors can’t actually display over 60 frames a second because the monitor can only refresh each of those two million dots 60 times a second so under 30 frames a second is not playable over 60 frames a second is wasted and cannot be displayed by your monitor.
This will play Battlefield 4 at 1080p Ultra 45 frames a second or 60 frames a second if you turn the detail sliders down a bit to either medium or high. For the newer games like Battlefield Hardline, you may have to move down to a higher-medium to get 45 frames a second. Newer games tend to be more stressful so you certainly aren’t going to play every game on the market at high detail.
Every game won’t be at 60 frames a second but this card should play more or less every game on the market today at least 30 frames a second at least at a medium detail level. In most games, it’ll play higher than 30 frames, somewhere in between 30 to 60 and somewhere between medium and high detail.
This is actually enough for most people. For a hundred and ten dollar card that’s actually a bargain. It used to be that you had to spend more money than that to get good performance. That’s a lot of performance in a hundred and ten dollar package.
Now, why are we looking at this as opposed to maybe a card that’s a little bit higher? Well, this card is not for just the person who has a pre-built system. Okay, if you bought a computer for between three to five hundred dollars in the past one-two-three years then you most likely have a 300-watt power supply.
In summary, I recommend this card. It’s a great little gaming card if you are willing to be flexible with your quality settings. I’ve been very happy with it. I’ve got one installed in the pre-built machine that I bought at an auction.