Posted on February 19, 2014, Mike Sharkey Nvidia Launches First Maxwell GPUs, the GTX 750s
The first generation of Nvidia’s new Maxwell architecture graphics cards has arrived in the form of the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti.
In a press release, Nvidia described the cards as a “massive leap forward for gamers,” thanks to their enhanced performance coupled with a 50% reduction in power consumption.
“We know that to advance performance, we must advance performance per watt, because every system we design for has a power limit — from supercomputers to PCs to smartphones,” GeForce GM Scott Herkelman stated. “That’s why we architected Maxwell to be the most efficient GPU architecture ever built.”
The entry-level cards feature a smaller form factor at under 6″-long, and they don’t require a power connector. Nvidia says they’re perfect for those looking to upgrade from integrated graphics without having to also upgrade the power supply.
The GTX 750 won’t be setting any records, but it will get you gaming at 60 FPS in 1080p on high settings without emptying your wallet. Pricing starts at $119 for the GTX 750, $139 for the 1GB GTX 750 Ti and $149 for the 2GB GTX 750 Ti.
Given their size, price, and performance, the first gen Maxwell cards appear to be perfect for Valve’s assault on the living room. Expect the 750 and 750 Ti to become staples among base-model Steam Machines.