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Review: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760

by Tarinder Sandhu on 25 June 2013, 14:00

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Testing methodology

GeForce GTX 760 2GB specs

GPU Comparisons

Graphics Card GPU Clock
(MHz)
Stream
Processors
Shader Clock
(MHz)
Memory Clock
(MHz)
Memory Bus
(bits)
Graphics Driver Approx Price
Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan 6GB 837 (876) 2,688 837 (876) 6,008 384 GeForce 320.18 £790
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB 863 (902) 2,304 863 (902) 6,008 384 GeForce 320.18 £520
Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB 1,046 (1,085) 1,536 1,046 (1,085) 7,010 256 GeForce 320.18 £310
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2GB 980 (1,033) 1,152 980 (1,033) 6,008 256 GeForce 320.39 £200
Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 2GB 1,006 (1,058) 1,536 1,006 (1,058) 6,008 256 GeForce 320.18 £360
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB 915 (980) 1,344 915 (980) 6,008 256 GeForce 320.18 £270
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 960 (1,013) 1,344 960 (1,013) 6,008 192 GeForce 320.18 £220
Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB 772 512 1,544 4,008 256 GeForce 320.18 NA
AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB 1,000 (1,050) 2,048 1,000 (1,050) 6,000 384 Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 £320
AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB 925 2,048 925 5,500 384 Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 £280
AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB 850 1,792 850 5,000 384 Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 £215
AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB 1,000 1,280 1,000 4,800 256 Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 £170
AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 850 1,600 800 4,800 256 Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 NA

HEXUS High-End Test Bench

Processor Intel Core i7-3770K (3.50GHz, 8MB cache, quad-core)
CPU Cooler Intel reference E97378-001
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH
Memory 8GB G.Skill RipJaws (2x4GB) DDR3 @ 1,600MHz
Power Supply Corsair AX750W
Storage Device Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD
Optical Drive Generic 24x DVD-RW
Chassis Corsair Graphite Series 600T
Monitor Dell 3007FPW
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit, SP1)

HEXUS High-End Benchmarking Suite

GPU Benchmarks Mode and Resolutions Quality Settings
3DMark DX11 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,440 Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme
BioShock Infinite DX11 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 Ultra + DOF
Call of Duty: Black Ops II DX9 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 8xMSAA, High/Extra Preset
Crysis 3 DX11 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 4xMSAA, High Preset
DiRT Showdown DX11 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 4xMSAA, Ultra Preset
Far Cry 3 DX11 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 2xMSAA, Ultra Preset
Just Cause 2 DX10 at 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 8xMSAA, High Preset
CLBenchmark Complete test Default
General Benchmarks Description
Power Consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record mains power draw both when idle and while playing Far Cry 3
Temperature To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and while playing Far Cry 3
Noise A PCE-318 meter is used to record noise levels when idle and while playing Far Cry 3

Testing notes

We've added the GTX 760, GTX 670, a slightly-overclocked GTX 660 Ti, and a Radeon HD 7870 to our high-end line-up. Including these three comparison GPUs provides a fuller picture of where Nvidia's new card sits in relation to its peers.

GeForce GTX 760 requires an updated driver, v320.39, and some simple testing shows it to offer no obvious speed-ups when compared to v320.18 WHQL used on other Nvidia cards.

All 13 cards are included in the basic graphs. We also show per-second results and graph the GeForce GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7950 up in comparison to GTX 760.

Be aware that specifying reference frequencies is actually a poor proxy for in-game performance. This is due to the way in which the card(s), particularly Nvidia's, GPU Boost to higher frequencies that differ depending upon environmental conditions. We noted the highest core frequency for each real-world game and list them below.

BioShock Call of Duty BO2 Crysis 3 DiRT Far Cry 3 Just Cause 2
1,071.3MHz 1,084.4MHz 1,045.2MHz 1,058.2MHz 1,058.2MHz 1,071.3MHz

There's a slight amount of variation between games, which is to be expected, and the consensus is the reference card peaks to an average of around 1,060MHz when evaluated across all real-world games.