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Monday, 10 March 2014 12:24

EVGA GTX 750Ti FTW ACX reviewed - A closer look at GTX 750 Ti FTW ACX

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: 13% faster than reference design

EVGA is constantly working to improve its custom components and come up with cards capable of trumping the competition. This time EVGA’s GTX 750 Ti FTW uses the ACX (Active Cooling Xtreme) cooler and non-reference PCB with additional power capabilities. We already had a chance to try out the ACX cooler on earlier cards, including the GTX 780 Ti Superclocked ACX. The new ACX cooler for the GTX 750 Ti uses two slots but it is much smaller than the GTX 780 ACX cooler. However it is twice the size of the reference GTX 750 Ti cooler, so we expect to see good results in terms of performance. The EVGA 750 Ti FTW ACX is 111.15mm (4.376”) tall and 228.6mm (9”) long and only weighs 1.35 pounds. The reference GTX 750 Ti measures 115mm x 150mm.

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Just to illustrate the difference, this is what a reference GTX 750 Ti looks like. The low TDP, courtesy of the new Maxwell GPU, allows Nvidia to use a simple all-metal heatsinkthat reminds us of Intel's stock CPU cooler from yesteryear. At the time the Intel coolers really weren't all that good. The GPU on the GTX 750 Ti FTW is factory overclocked by 169MHz so the ACX cooler has a lot more heat to deal with compared to the reference card cooler. The EVGA GTX 750 Ti Superclocked uses a cooler loosely based on the reference design, but EVGA inserted a copper core in the base which resulted in about 5 degree Celsius lower average temperatures.

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The DVI port on the card supports both DVI-I and DVI-D. You can also connect a VGA monitor using a DVI to VGA dongle which is included in the box. Additionally you will get standard HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. You may use all three outputs at the same time. The reference card comes without a DisplayPort connector, but it includes one mini-HDMI connector and two DVI ports, one of which supports analog VGA output.

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The card some with 6-pin power connector which is necessary to keep the card juiced up. EVGA used 3+1 power phase design (3 GPU + 1 memory).

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The FTW ACX cooler uses a 2 wire fan, so the RPM must be controlled by voltage.

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The card has 2GB of GDDR5 memory, courtesy of Samsung. The chip designation is K4G41325FC-HC03. All memory modules are at the GPU side of the PCB. As you can see from the picture the card does not come with an SLI connector.

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The GTX 750 Ti does not support SLI.

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