Gigabyte GTX750Ti Windforce Review
Such is the level of consistency obtained from the nVidia fabrication department that all of our GTX750Ti's end up scoring roughly the same. This does mean that the smaller differences, and indeed personal preference, can be the deciding factor.
The bright blue PCB is definitely the love it/hate it part of the Windforce. We know many people who consider a blue PCB to be reminiscent of early motherboards and so dislike it for that reason. Equally it hardly blends in to the rest of your system. It's not even the kind of blue that Gigabyte themselves use in their motherboards, so for that reason we know that even we would be cautious unless such a searing shade is exactly what you're after. This may become an issue with the recent red theme of Z97 motherboards unless you are planning on housing it all in a white case and have some patriotic stars & stripes or Unoin Jack theme. Its just yet more proof that the design departments inside Gigabyte are not working together, its a real big shame because they could make it so if you buy one you instantly WANT to go out and purchase the other.
The cooler is outstanding. The Windforce has never been one of our favourites when it comes to looks, largely because it's clearly designed to work without taking into account the particular PCB size, and here is no different with a good inch or so hanging off the edge of the PCB. However, it cannot be denied that it performs exceptionally well, keeping the card cool under even the most trying of circumstances. With those two big fans it doesn't need to run them very quickly either which has a great benefit on the amount of noise, or in this case a lack of noise, that is produced.
Performance is on a par with all of the GTX750Ti's we've tested, which does mean that it's difficult to recommend this over another model in this category alone. To be honest they're all so close that you'll be happy whichever you end up with. The low power draw is a definite highlight, especially if you're having to keep a tight hold upon the purse strings in these difficult times. When you see how much an enthusiast card draws, to have only 248W drawn from a complete, heavily overclocked, i7 LGA2011 system is outstanding.
With a great cooler in place, the confidence of knowing it's a Gigabyte product and thus the customer service will be good, and the low price of around £110, the Gigabyte GTX750Ti Windforce is definitely worth investigating and so it wins our OC3D Gamers Choice Award. Shame about that PCB colour.