As I am finally getting a NVIDIA GTX 1060, I thought it would be nice to reflect on the 750 Ti that I have been using in my PC build for the last 2 years.
I have a home built i5-4690K, 16GB ram and a 2GB GTX 750Ti. Full setup detailed here. I bought the GPU when it first came out as a nice way of getting back into PC gaming on a budget. This has been an excellent card, and I would still recommend it for someone giving life into an ageing PC build. I believe you can now get a 950 for the same price, so this might be a better suggestion. I have not tried one, this is only about my own experience with the 750ti.
So I decided to run some game benchmarks and record them with Nvidia’s own ShadowPlay utility. To give some perspective, I mostly used the games default and set the resolution to 1080, as it the resolution of my monitor. In Arkham City, an older title I used a lower resolution as it had problems with 1080, but I also enabled Physx in that one.
What’s very impressive is how well this 750Ti card runs newer titles such as Doom and The Witcher 3.
Before anyone also weighs in on this, the PC is also used as a proper PC. So I have services, backups ,Hyper-V, background processes, tasks etc happening as I am playing and benchmarking. So this is a well used PC. I am not doing a clean install of windows etc and have no intention of doing that, just for 2-3 frames more.
EDIT: YouTube sucks, you will need to change the video quality to 1080 manually. You can also click into the video to launch it on YouTube. I have had no end of problems with embed in WordPress. It previews fine, but well, meh …
Street Fighter V
Basically if you cannot match 60fps the game is unplayable. This is to ensure a level playing field for everyone. Medium setting is the best one to go with here for this card.
If you set the default graphics to high, then this happens. Note, the reason its slow is that the game renders all the frames. It does not drop frames.
This game really struggles on High. I probably can knock it down a notch. I only include it here as I own it on the EA Origin access vault, which is great value at a fiver a month.
The Witcher 3
Witcher 3 plays really well. It also looks better than the Xbox One version, which I have played more of this year than I ever have with an RPG, ever. It’s a great game.
City is a little different in that the optimal resolution chosen is the only one that gives a decent watchable frame rate. This game is getting a remaster as well, so later this year it will be interesting to see if makes a big change. I personally love the Batman Arkham series, but this and Asylum are the only games that seem to have made the move to PC unscathed.
Just Cause 3
A new title as well, this one really struggles with frame rate and effects. I think, like Crysis 3 that this will benefit the most from a new Graphics card.
Need for Speed (2016)
This game plays great, some of these titles such as Rivals are very challenging on PC hardware.
The new Doom (2016) plays very well on this card considering its age. Doom seems to ignore MSI afterburner for benchmarking. But handily enough it comes with its own internal benchmarking tool.
Apologies for the prompt in some of the gameplay, there was weird glitch where the E button was not cancelling the info.
To complete this , I will add a few synthetic benchmarks from popular benchmarking products. I am using the free version in all cases. I cannot bring myself to actually pay for any one of these products, as my day-to-day job or hobby does not cater for this.
3Dmark11 – Free
This is still used as a test in a lot of performance testing. Honestly, I don’t know what it means, but ill keep this logged anyway for comparison purposes when I get a new card.
Since I am using the free version it only benchmarks at 720.
3Dmark – DX12 Version
Available on Steam.
Timespy, the DirectX 12 demo and benchmark moves at PowerPoint speed.