The GIGABYTE GTX 750 Ti 2 GB 128-Bit GDDR5 Directx 12 Graphics Card comes in a simple and straight forward box. However, I’m wondering why Gigabyte is using an “Owl” (if I am not mistaken) on their box, since one of their competitors also has an “owl” branding. Anyway, the main features of the graphics card can be read on the back side of the box. The package includes a small quick guide pamphlet, a driver CD, a 6-pin PCIE power adapter and the graphics card itself.
Above is the front and back view of the Gigabyte GTX 750 TI OC. It measures 204mm in length, 144mm in width and it’s just 42mm thick occupying two PCI slots. The shroud is made of plastic and the holographic sticker on the fans looks cool. Notice that the heatsink and the rear fan extends a little bit, not really a big deal in my opinion.
Above are different angles of the graphics card. I’m sure you already noticed that the card’s PCB is color Blue, since it’s very obvious. I wonder why Gigabyte opted to use Blue instead of the more popular Black PCB. Most of its competitors are using black PCB and many would prefer a black PCB. Only their GTX 750 Ti Black Edition features a black PCB. I hope Gigabyte would use a black PCB in their future graphics cards regardless of the model or edition.
Unlike most of the GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card out there, the Gigabyte’s GTX 750 Ti has a 6pin power connector, and that is not an optional power input. The card will require you to connect an external power via a 6-pin PCIE power connector.
You might be wondering why Gigabyte opted to draw power from a PCIE instead from the motherboard itself. NVIDIA built the GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 to be so power efficient that it can function properly by drawing power from the motherboard alone. But there are non-reference GTX 750 Ti, not only Gigabyte’s, which draws its power directly from a 6-pin PCIE power. I asked Gigabyte why, and they told me that they will never know what motherboard their customers will be using. According to them, the quality and the power that a motherboard can provide to the graphics card differs from one brand and model to another. So to be safe, it’s best to draw power directly from the power supply to ensure stable and sufficient power.
In my opinion, while it’s good to play safe, I think it’s still best that it did not come with a 6 pin power connector since that is one of the main feature of a GTX 750 Ti (to be power efficient). People might think that it’s more power hungry compared to other GTX 750 Ti out there, since it requires an external power. Anyway, if a user messed up his graphics card because he installed it on a low end motherboard, or (worst) a crappy low quality motherboard, I think that is no longer Gigabyte’s fault if the graphics card got damage.