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MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti Low Profile


Pros: Handels everything I have been throwing at it.

Cons: Could be a little cheaper.

Grant it I'm gaming on a 720P TV, I still get pretty good frames and other folks are saying they still get decent frames @ 1080P. Metro 2033, GTA V, The Talos Principle, GTA IV, Bioshock Infinite, Bioshock 1, Call of Jaurez, borderlands 1 & 2, Alan Wake, Alien Isolation, Alice Madness Returns, Batman AA / AC, Ziggurat, XCOM, The Witcher 2, Sleeping Dogs, Shadow warrior and list the goes on. I can play all these games form medium to high, specially at 720P my bottle neck being the Q8300 S.

Car doesn't seem to run too hot. Though i removed the cooling fans used the CPU blower fan out of a 10+ Year old Toshiba laptop to convert it to a blower style cooler using the same heat sink. I doubt it goes over 60c on it's absolute worst, i think stays in the 40s and 50s most of the time and even less during idle with the blower fan 100% all the time.

It would be nice if it was $100 USD instead of $130+ USD But, on the other hand it's low profile and does not require an external power connector and the LP version is fairly low wattage making it an option for older SFF OEM prebuilts.



Pros: Small form factor, great range of display brackets, no external power source needed, great price for performance, great 1080p performance.

Cons: Cooling can be tough for small cases.

Came across this little monster and decided to do a quick review for anyone looking for a mid range power house. Or any one looking for a decent mid range graphics card for an HTPC.
Figured I share my feels with my fellow brothers and sisters about this card!

This is my first review so please let me know in the comments below!

Without further ado, may I present... The MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti N750ti 2GD5TLP


Back Story:
I'd like to clear the air here before I get on about this graphics card mumbo jumbo. This graphics card isn't just some low end card, this is a full on mid range, proper graphics card, and it kicks some thumb.gif!

So, here is a little back story on how I came across this card.
My college was tossing out a bunch of computers recently that were from around 2008. There were tons and tons of Dell Optiplex 755's, keyboards, mice, and 1440x900 monitors. Figured my buddy and I would take a bunch back to the lab and see what we can come up with. The specs of these computers were a mid range Core 2 Duo, 4 GBs of ram, a 160 GB hard drive, and with a dated ATi Radeon HD card (can't remember the series and model). My idea was to see if I could build a Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC)/ light gaming computer for my fellow friend and I. My goal was to make something similar to an Xbox One, with solid performance in 1080p gaming, low profile case, similar size dimensions, and could easily fit in a tv stand. The Dell Optiplex 755 case's are a slim low profile case, so space for a good graphics card was pretty limited. Mind you, the power supply was also around 220 watt and there is no 6 pin power connector or Molex connectors to give any sort of graphics card power!

Why I purchased it:
My options were very limited, not many low profile cards to begin with that were modern, limited power options (no 6 pin or molex connectors), and space was an issue limiting only to low profile cards. I did quite a bit of research and stumbled upon this little beauty. 640 Cuda cores, 2GB's of Video Ram, and GPU Boost 2.0..... For around $122.99? I picked up two of them! (Was building two of these computers, one for me, one for a friend)

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This graphics card was the optimal choice, hand's down... It was exactly what I was looking for, as I was also looking at Gigabyte's low profile GeForce GTX 750Ti low profile card LINK. It had an array of brackets, no molex or 6 pin power connectors required to power the card (PCI-E was the only required power), low profile, packs a punch for the size and cost, runs cool because of the well built and free flowing cooler on it. I also noticed it beat out Gigabytes cooler as well since they only had one fan versus the MSI which had two. An extra fan could mean all the difference in tight cases.

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What's it like gaming?
I'm able to play Fallout 4 and other like games at medium/high settings, textures were set to extra. FPS is 35-50. @1080p
Left 4 Dead 2 was 100 FPS on max AA and highest settings. @1080p
GTA V was able to run medium settings, textures on high around 35-50 fps. @1080p
Bioshock Infinite on medium settings at average of 45 FPS. @1080p
SimCity 2013 on high with AA is 35-60 FPS @1080p
Call of Duty Black Ops II maxed out was 60-70 FPS @1080p

This is what I managed to salvage for the two Dell Optiplex 755's I built.
Core 2 Quad Q9400 @ 2.66Ghz
DDR2 Corsair Dominator Ram @800mhz 4GB's
Upgraded from a DVD to a Blu-Ray drive
1TB Hard drive in there.
MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti low profile card
Running Windows 10 64-bit

These are all estimates using FRAPS and fine tuning settings per game.

- Fit perfectly
- Flexibility with the VGA port. Either have the VGA port removed, on the top of the card, or the bottom underneath it.
- Great range of display brackets
- No external power source needed, (powered by PCI-E only)
- Card packs a punch for the price
- Great 1080p performance for mid/high fx
- Cooler is great! (Modded it a bit)
- Came with drivers on a cd, needed it for one of the computers
- Multiple display connections
- Can overclock with provided software

- Cooling can be a problem for small cases since the card doesn't vent air externally
- Card puts out a decent amount of heat (could be a problem for small cases with limited airflow)
- Drivers that came on the CD were out dated, but that's not really a con.
- Doesn't cook bacon

I noted under in pros about the cooler and how I modded it. The back of the cooler (farthest part from the display connectors) I put a piece of tape around the heat sinks and between the fan and the bottom of the PCB. This allowed the card to be put into a blower style cooler and exhausts the heat only towards the back of the computer and not forward as well. I figured this would be a better cooling solution since the only fan in the Dell Optiplex 755 is a front intake fan that blows towards the back.

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The blue arrows and lines are the current airflow after I blocked off the back of the heat sink. Red is where the tape is, wrapped around the three sides.

Final thoughts:
This card has been running for about 2 months now. Non the less, this card has proven itself and makes a great upgrade for anyone looking for a good graphics card for an HTPC, or for a small form factor computer.
I salute you MSI! I've only ran EVGA cards before I bought this card, this is a very special card for a very special task. And you have out done yourself. I hope to see more cards like this one in the future.

MSI... Please, don't stop what your doing.
MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti Low Profile

A new choice of weapon for serious gamers, the MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti delivers powerful yet ultra-efficient performance at an incredible price. Based on the next-gen NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, the GTX 750 Ti boasts 640 CUDA Cores and an abundant GDDR5 memory that work side by side, delivering the performance you need to effortlessly game in Full 1080p HD in today's most hot titles. In addition, with GeForce GTX gaming technologies like NVIDIA GPU Boost, G-SYNC, and GeForce Experience, you'll get a fully evolved experience in your gaming. MILITARY CLASS 4 COMPONENTS MSI graphics cards are the only ones that meet the MIL-STD-810G standards. This card adopts top-class components, like Hi-c CAP and Solid CAP, to ensure the best stability and quality. It brings perfect quality and longest lifetime to you. AFTERBURNER Co-developed by MSI and Rivatuner, MSI releases the ultimate graphics card utility “Afterburner”. This utility enables all MSI graphics cards users to boost performance and to monitor all kinds of critical information in real time. The latest version also supports in-game video recording (Predator) for easy sharing, and wireless control by Android/iOS handheld devices. NVIDIA G-SYNC NVIDIA G-SYNC is a groundbreaking new display technology that delivers the smoothest and fastest gaming experience ever. G-SYNC's revolutionary performance is achieved by synchronizing display refresh rates to the GPU in your GeForce GTX-powered PC, eliminating screen tearing ,and minimizing display stutter and input lag. The result: scenes appear instantly, objects look sharper, and gameplay is super smooth, giving you a stunning visual experience and a serious competitive edge. GEFORCE EXPERIENCE The easiest way to optimize your games and keep your drivers up to date, the GeForce Experience application automatically notifies you of new driver releases from NVIDIA. Update the driver directly with a single click without leaving your desktop. Plus, it offers exciting features like GeForce ShadowPlay, that lets you capture and share your greatest gaming moments automatically. NVIDIA GPU BOOST 2.0 TECHNOLOGY Dynamically maximizes clock speeds based on the workload and allows enthusiast-class controls, such as temperature target and fan controls, extra over-voltage headroom, and optimizations for water-cooling solutions. This allows greater customization and overclocking options, and enables gamers to push performance to new levels. NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY Full support for NVIDIA PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce.

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