Was leading with a low end Maxwell smart?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2014 - 01:43 PM |
Tagged: geforce, gm107, gpu, graphics, gtx 750 ti, maxwell, nvidia, video

We finally saw Maxwell yesterday, with a new design for the SMs called SMM each of which consist of four blocks of 32 dedicated, non-shared CUDA cores.  In theory that should allow NVIDIA to pack more SMMs onto the card than they could with the previous SMK units.  This new design was released on a $150 card which means we don't really get to see what this new design is capable of yet.  At that price it competes with AMD's R7 260X and R7 265, at least if you can find them at their MSRP and not at inflated cryptocurrency levels.  Legit Reviews contrasted the performance of two overclocked GTX 750 Ti to those two cards as well as to the previous generation GTX 650Ti Boost on a wide selection of games to see how it stacks up performance-wise which you can read here.

That is of course after you read Ryan's full review.

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"NVIDIA today announced the new GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 video cards, which are very interesting to use as they are the first cards based on NVIDIA's new Maxwell graphics architecture. NVIDIA has been developing Maxwell for a number of years and have decided to launch entry-level discrete graphics cards with the new technology first in the $119 to $149 price range. NVIDIA heavily focused on performance per watt with Maxwell and it clearly shows as the GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB video card measures just 5.7-inches in length with a tiny heatsink and doesn't require any internal power connectors!"

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February 19, 2014 | 02:20 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The way I see it. Depending on whether 20nm and Maxwell proper are delayed. Nvidia could do a 400/500 release cycle by releasing the 800 Series on 28nm focusing heavily on showing off the lower power consumption and then 9 months later release the full deal on 20nm giving you the huge increase. If it's as good as they say it should be able to offer either a significant power savings of current cards while slightly giving them a boost and or focus putting all that savings into just raw power.

I wouldn't have thought they could extend 28nm but they might be able to do so if they want it seems. That's if it is as good as they say and can scale up just as well. People might not like that, but if they push the 900 Series fast like they did with the 500 Series it could make sense. I have a feeling Nvidia and AMD would want to ride 20nm for two generations though and given the delays this could throw a kink in their plans when it comes to Volta and beyond.

Exciting nonetheless. Just hope the other Maxwell parts aren't 6 months away. It would be way too big of a cocktease.

February 20, 2014 | 04:10 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Agreed , with current options available , either wait for 20nm to bring out top of the line 880 cards or they could try to bring out versions on low end where power or dies can be kept in place till there able to bring out 20mn parts .

Seems 750's are not to bad dies size and wonder now is if they can bring a 860 part out , IMO that would really hold them over as it mainstream gaming card, one many buy .

February 21, 2014 | 08:42 AM - Posted by RouletteRun

I wish I were as technically intelligent as the two prior commentators are, my interest in these cards is from a noob miner's viewpoint and it strictly lays in the Kh/s v. watts ratio and from what I'm reading in regards to this new Maxwell line of GPU's has me very excited, especially if the unscaled versions can continue with near the same performance to power usage ratio, but allow for fewer cards in a mining rig. I have been saying in the mining threads @ overclock.net that the major card manufacturers would be taking notice of what the mining boom as done for AMD's card sales and it would be my hopes that one or both of them would come out with a mining specific card or line and this might be the closest thing we've seen yet. I applaud nVidia for seeming to be making a concerted effort to move towards a mining specific card or card line. I will be very excited to see what the future generations in this Maxwell line hold for mining. http://www.overclock.net/t/1398219/official-bitcoin-litecoin-digitalcoin...

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