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Pros: 1) Incredibly low power consumption = incredibly low heat production. Idle temps are less than 30C, and load temps have never broken 50C. This card plays every game I have at max settings 1080p at 50FPS or more without ever ramping the fan up to audible noise levels (even with my second monitor playing full HD video at the same time).
2) Excessively large heat sink for this chipset, but excess is good when talking about heat dissipation. You could save a little money and go with a single fan version of the 750 TI with a smaller heatsink.
Cons: At this price and performance, I would love to SLI a pair of them for a cheap silent living room entertainment PC for 120Hz 3D video and gaming without the need for water cooling. (I doubt just one of these cards is beefy enough for 3d with reasonable frame-rates). Unfortunately, SLI is not supported on this card.
Other Thoughts: I have this in a Rosewill U3 case, which is a small m-ATX case with just one exhaust fan. I have a 3.5" HDD mounted in both locations, so the video card is nestled right next to two HDDs. This obviously created some concerns with heat, since its not really optimal to allow an HDD to run above 110F and video cards routinely create exhaust air in excess of 130F. This card absolutely put those concerns to rest.
My whole systems near-idle temperatures:
CPU: 44C (2500k)
SSD: 30C (attached to the top of the case in front of the PSU with velcro)
HDD: 32C (both HDDs right next to GPU run at the same idle temperature)
GPU: 28C (this 750 Ti)
As you can see, the GPU is the coolest component in the entire build.
Pros: Extremely low power consumption.
Extremely low heat production.
Really good price for the performance.
Can achieve very respectable frame rates on all games
Cons: This is a mid-range card and will not keep up with high end systems.
Will not achieve 60fps on ALL games at max settings, though can usually get there if AA is knocked down a bit.
Cannot SLI for performance gains.
Other Thoughts: I was doing a lot of work travel this summer and needed to be able to fit all of the belongings for two people in one mid-sized sedan. Naturally, my PC and two 24" monitors were non-negotiable travel items, so i had to make a more mobile "battle station".
I ditched my full tower case and full ATX motherboard in favor of a much smaller build (in a Rosewill Legacy U3-S case) , but the layout of that case crowds the HDDs around the video card and can make them uncomfortably toasty. I actually really like the Rosewill legacy U3, but am not reviewing it here.
I decided the solution was to get a video card that produced less heat, and these 750 Tis were completely up to the task. My previous card (Radeon 6870) pushed 70C routinely as many video cards do, and my HDDs would approach 51C, cpu around 62C at its worst with all that hot air being generated.
With the 750Ti, the hottest temperature I ever witness in this same case is 50C, usually on the CPU, which ingests some of the video cards exhaust. The video card occasionally also gets to 50C, but the hard drives never breach 37C now.
Overall, the air inside the case has lowered by around 20C, and the noise levels have dropped very noticeably. I saw an improvement in performance, noise levels, temperature, and power consumption all with one piece of hardware.
I would highly recommend this card to anyone who cares about power consumption, heat, or noise. This card is perfect for a home theater PC. This is also a really great card for anyone looking to cheaply upgrade an off-the-shelf PC with a low end power supply.
Lightweight but sturdy
takes standard size PSU (I Highly recommend modular)
I was able to squeeze a large air cooler, two HDD's and an SSD by mounting the SSD to the inside top of the case with velcro strips.
Because this case is pretty much just flat aluminum in many places, i could see some significant modding being done with this case.
Overall, I highly recommend this case to users with either one 3.5" drive, or two 2.5" drives. There is space to bottom mount two 2.5" drives, and this is really where the sweet spot is for this case. As soon as you add one 3.5" drive, it takes the whole bottom area of the case, moving any secondary drive up to the side mount slot . The side mount bracket disallows use of a 120mm radiator without structural modification, and places the secondary drive in the hottest area of the case. Add a second 3.5" drive, and now the height of a CPU cooler becomes fairly limited as it protrudes towards the motherboard from the side bracket. It gets pretty cramped pretty quickly.
Cons: 1: The mounting screw locations on the front edge are not used for mATX motherboards. The motherboard is instead allowed to flex very substantially under any significant pressure, so you will want to support the motherboard with your hand underneath when plugging anything in on the forward 2 inches.
2: This is a con that I really didn't foresee when purchasing this case. Because both of the intended hard drive mounts are nearly flush with a flat surface, there is very little clearance around the power connector on any sata device. Many power supplies have strings of 3 or 4 connectors on one cable, but the middle ones have wires protruding from both sides in a way which prohibits them from being used flush with a surface as in this case. So, in order for me to install 3 SATA devices, i had to use 3 completely separate modular SATA cables, since only the end connector could be utilized.
The work around for this is to buy some MOLEX to SATA adapters. This will allow use of just one single MOXLEX cable with at least 2 connectors, and two MOLEX to 2xSATA adapters to power up to 4 SATA devices. This will allow MUCH better cable management.
Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a corsair 500R so i could fit my build into a smaller space. All the same components (except a mATX motherboard instead of the standard ATX) were placed into this case.
GPU and side mounted SSD temperatures rose by about 7C
CPU temperatures rose by about 4C
The bottom mounted HDD and top mounted SSD rose by about 2C.
The side aluminum attachment for the second HDD mount places that HDD on the periphery of the video card exhaust area, which leads to HDD temperatures in that spot in the 35-37 Celsius range (100 Fahrenheit). Furthermore, this HDD bay is set pretty far back in the case such that the HDD limits the height of the CPU cooler you can use, but also prohibits usage of a radiator on the rear 120mm exhaust area. I actually removed about 1.5 square inches of the top 3 fins on my CPU cooler which interfered with the side mounted HDD. It was pretty easy to make the cut, and it looks pretty clean, but I'd rather have not had to do that.Its possible that i may be able to put a small radiator like the corsair H60 on the rear if i cut some extra holes to move that side mounted hard drive forward by an inch or two, then remove a small 1/2" by 1" chunk of the spanwise support. Its worth reiterating at this point that none of these difficulties will arise if you simply do not have any 3.5" drives.
A bottom mounted 3.5"HDD will definitely interfere with a video card mounted in the botom PCIE slot on any mATX motherboard. so keep that in mind while planning your build.