Black Edition: Gigabyte's Stress-Tested GeForce GTX 750 Ti Graphics Card
We're not sure what it is with some computer stuff manufacturers and their use of “Black” or “Black Edition” to mark premium products. Whatever the reason, Gigabyte is the latest company to dip into the trend. It's putting out an extra-special graphics card based on the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, a chip based on Nvidia's new Maxwell architecture.
Dubbed the GV-N75TWF2BK-2GI (what a mouthful), the card boasts factory-overclocked base and boost GPU frequencies at 1163 and 1242 Mhz, up from the default 1020 and 1085 Mhz. Providing cooling is a sizable dual-slot heatsink with two fans. A 6-pin PCIe power connector from your power supply is a requirement, unlike most other 750 Ti-based products.
Perhaps most interesting, though, is the stress testing that's done before shipment. Gigabyte subjects all “Black Edition” parts to seven days of durability testing “to ensure premium quality for our customers.” The company's set up a testing floor at their factory in Nanping, Taiwan, and it apparently involves Litecoin mining. I suppose that's one way to do it.
Anyway, aside from that, the GTX 750 TI Black Edition has 2GB of GDDR5 memory at 5.4 GT/s, and its video outputs include DVI-I, DVI-D, and a pair of HDMI – all of which can be used at once for quad-monitor setups. You'll need a free space below your PCI Express x16 slot to accommodate the large cooler, though, and at least a 400w power supply.
Then there's the price, which, uh, we're not sure of just yet. You can bet these things will carry a premium over Gigabyte's existing 750 Ti card, though. Those go for around $170 depending on the retailer.