PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC Video Card Review

Today we take another look at the best value for 1080p gaming in the less than $200 category. We have the PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC video card, with an extremely high overclock. We'll compare it to the ASUS R7 265 DC2 and ASUS GTX 750 Ti DC2 at highest overclocked values, to see which provides the most bang for your buck.

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Watch Dogs

Our full evaluation of Watch Dogs is underway, and our Performance Preview and Image Quality Preview are online.

We are using the latest version of Watch Dogs from Uplay. Our objective is to use the highest texture and graphics quality available, while choosing the appropriate AA settings and Ambient Occlusion effects. In this particular evaluation we won't be able to use "Ultra" quality textures because the video cards only have 2GB of memory, and 3GB are required. Watch Dogs also offers a wide range of MSAA, SMAA, and TXAA anti-aliasing options. Ambient Occlusion is also available and has several levels to choose from.


Highest Playable Settings

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In Watch Dogs the PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC and the ASUS R7 265 DC II performed very close to each other, while playing at identical settings of 1920x1080 with "Medium" settings, and Temporal SMAA for aliasing. The PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC averaged 55.6 FPS out of box, while the ASUS R7 265 DC II was slightly faster at 56.3 FPS. There was no real favor between the two video cards at these settings. Both video cards were just short what we would deem playable while using "High" settings.

After applying our highest stable overclock to the PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8, we found that we had just enough performance to handle with stability the "High" quality settings. This greatly improved the visual quality of the game, and enabled depth of field which was previously disabled. At these settings it averaged 44.1 FPS. Without the added performance benefit of the overclock, we found gameplay while driving in the open world was extremely difficult and laggy. The overclock provided enough gain to allow us to drive without error.


Apples-to-Apples

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In this apples-to-apples test we have Watch Dogs set to run at 1920x1080 with Temporal SMAA. We are using the "High" overall quality settings with "High" texture quality.

At these settings the PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC averaged 42.7 FPS out-of-box. We see that our manual overclock provided a 3.3% performance gain, improving our framerate to 44.1 FPS. The ASUS R7 265 DC II's performance was almost identical to the PNY GTX 750 Ti XLR8 OC at 42.9 FPS.