The GTX 750 Has Been Upgraded To Maxwell 2.0
The GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti were the first cards to use a version of the Maxwell architecture that has become one of the most popular NVIDIA architectures to date, if we take market share numbers into account. Those cards were not the most powerful cards, but they shook the foundations of performance/watt to the core. That GM 107 core is still around today, although it really is not powerful enough for most modern titles, supply is still around even though it is effectively EOL. It goes without saying that if Maxwell 1.0 was as power efficient as that, then the report by Hwbattle.com that NVIDIA is going to start supplying AIB partners with cut down variants of the GM206 chip, the same chip we see in the GTX 950 and GTX 960.
The cards containing the cut down GM206 are already in use by AIB’s, with Gainward in China already listing it under their GTX 750–notice the GM 206-150 designation. Although the card still only has 512 CUDA cores, the ROP count was modified and a few new features have been added. Firstly HDMI 2.0 is supported, as well as DSR, Color Compression and Multi-Pixel Programming Sampling, NVIDIA VXGI, VR Direct and MFAA. The card, since it’s based on GM 206 architecture, will also support DX 12 up to feature level 12_1.
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The card will also support encoding resolutions at 1440p/60FPS and 4K/60FPS. It will feature full fixed HEVC hardware based decoding as well. The cherry on top of all this is that the card will seemingly remain the same price. which makes it a value based choice for HTPC builders. It’s unsure when the trickle of these new GM 206 versions will make it outside of China, but eventually it will trickle out into the market. What’s unclear is whether the popular GTX 750 ti will get a new GM 206 chip as well, but that might seem a bit too bold for NVIDIA, who might start to undercut their GTX 950 since a GTX 750 Ti with 640 CUDA cores would have 5 SMMs–one short of the 6 theGTX 950 has.