Overclockers UK Launches Huge Graphics Cards Sale!

Overclockers UK often engages in heavy promotions and offers some of the best prices for components. In particular, their huge graphics card range caters to various budgets and aggressively targets the UK’s lowest price-point. As a result, consumers can acquire graphics cards at a discounted price and other retailers try to price match to become competitive. However, many struggle to compete with OCUK’s staggering buying power and stock levels.

Today, the company launched a comprehensive sale across a wide array of graphics cards. This includes budget-orientated models like the R9 270X all the way up to the GTX 980Ti. Interestingly, OCUK’s graphics card promotion spans to a number of older-generation cards at rock-bottom prices. For example, you can purchase an MSI Frozr Gaming GTX 780 for only £169.99. This performs similar to the GTX 970 while being approximately £100 cheaper! There is also a reference designed MSI GTX 770 for £109.99 and GTX MSI Gaming LE 780Ti for £239.99. These cards are all backed with a 2-year warranty.

For the price, the 780Ti is astonishing value and used to be a top-tier graphics card. In terms of real world performance, the card competes with the GTX 980 which retails between £375-£450.

Finally, you can pick up the Fury X for £499.99 and the R9 Nano is priced at £469.99. Thankfully, the Fury X prices have come down to the RRP as inflated prices were imposed by retailers due to stock shortages. On another note, the KFA2 GTX 980Ti is available for £479.99 and built on the Titan X PCB. This makes it a good choice for custom water-cooling configurations. My pick of the sale has to be the EVGA GTX 980Ti Superclocked+ which retails for £509.99.

This particular card is used in my own personal rig and features a core clock of 1102MHz and boost of 1190MHz. Additionally the ACX 2.0+ cooling system results in quiet operating temperatures and utilizes a semi-passive 0db mode under low load. The GPU implements a lovely EVGA logo and branding via white LEDs and opts for a hefty backplate.

Please note, only the NVIDIA 900 series cards are eligible for the free game promotion.

Nvidia Discontinues Cards and Cuts Prices in The Wake of GTX980 Launch

In the highly unlikely event that you should have missed it up until now, Nvidia just launched their brand new GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards during their GAME24 event. These new cards are so powerful that they’ll render the old cards completely obsolete. This is further aided by the fact that the new cards are a lot cheaper to manufacture.

The GeForce GTX 980 is launched at just $549 in the U.S. and £439.99 in the U.K. The new cards are cheaper to make than the previous models as they have 2 billion transistors and four memory chips less. They also have a lighter VRM now, due to the decreased power consumption. This cannibalizes the GTX 780 Ti and GTX 780. The GeForce GTX 970 targets the sub-$350 products and is launched at a price of £259,99 here in the UK, simply blasting the GTX 770 out of the way.

Nvidia has also tweaked the price on their GeForce GTX 760 down to just $219, in order to keep the price versus performance ratio. This is only a temporary meassure until the replacement will be launched sometime in October, the GeForce GTX 960.

If you’re interested in seeing how great these new cards are, head over to our review section and check them out. We already had the Nvidia stocker version and the Gigabyte G1 Gaming edition on the bench, and we’ve also tested them in SLI for you.

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Galaxy Launch Gamers Series Nvidia Graphics Cards

Galaxy has just launched their new “Gamer” series of graphics cards, targeted at the performance sector of the PC market. The first two cards from their range were first revealed back in December 2013, and the series currently only includes two models, but we expect more will follow shortly.

The first in the range is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Gamer, followed by the more powerful GeForce GTX 770 Gamer. Both cards use a custom-design PCB, featuring a 7-phase VRM which draws power from a combination of 1 x 6-pin and 1 x 8-pin power connectors; that’s quite a solid amount of power for these cards, more that enough to provide the cards with juice for their 5 – 10% factory overclock. While cooling is handled by a dual-slot cooler, an aluminium fin-stack heatsink and a pair of 80mm fans.

The two cards are only launching in the Greater China region at this time, but imports and other markets are likely to follow should the cards prove successful, and we hope they do as while they’re not as crazy as some of the other cards launching right now, they look like they’ve got a lot of potential for the mid-market.

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Gainward GeForce GTX 770 Phantom OC 2GB Graphics Card Review

While the GTX 780 and 770 were both released recently, there has been more focus from brands on the 770 counterpart as it offers much better value for money when looking at a price vs performance argument than pretty much any other card on the market from both AMD or Nvidia, and with that we’ve had a lot more GTX 770’s come through our door, than we have 780.

As we start plowing through these cards, we also found a chance to start working with a brand that is fairly new to us, and perhaps doesn’t have the biggest presence in the UK market, unlike other key manufacturer’s and this is Gainward. Today we find their GTX 770 Phantom OC landing with us which is said to offer all of the benefits of a GTX 770 with an increased clock speed thanks to the overclock and their patented Phantom cooling solutions which provides extreme silence and extreme cooling with a unique design behind it too.

With a slightly higher price point than a reference GTX 770, we’re here to find out if the extra £30 is worth spending, and if the overclock really does help push performance while remaining cool and quiet at the same time. We will be comparing this directly to a reference GTX 770 among other key cards that are currently on the market.

Before we get straight into the performance though, there are a few things we need to look at which includes the packaging and what Gainward bundle in with the card, before we take a detailed look at the card itself and its Phantom cooling solution. Once we’ve covered the design aspect, then we can get down to the nitty gritty and look at the specs in comparison to a stock card, and then find out if the performance increase really makes a difference while focusing on the performance of the cooler as well.

Of course, in natural eTeknix fashion, we will see if the overclock can be pushed even further by manually increasing the clock speed and memory speeds on the card, but lets start by taking a look at what the GTX 770 Phantom comes in and exactly what’s included.

The box itself is nice and includes a panel that flaps open to reveal a first view of the card. There are a few spelling errors on the packaging and some words are split between two lines, but this is no real problem to be honest. Inside we find a quick install guide, driver installation CD, twin 6-pin PCI-Express to single 8-pin PCI-Express power adapter, DVI to VGA adapter and a welcome addition; a HDMI to DVI adapter.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 OC WindForce 3x 2GB Graphics Card Review

With the release of the GTX 770 and the recent launch of the GTX 780, NVIDIA made on fundamental change to their cards over the GTX 690 and Titan. This change is one that may seem simple, but it is one that has a major role in the graphics market and for each of NVIDIA’s partners. This change is the grant to change the PCB layout and most importantly the cooling on the cards. When the GTX Titan was released, NVIDIA put a halt on any non reference designs and in effect the only alteration partners could make was to put a sticker with their name on the card.

The is not the case with the 700 series however, whilst the GTX 770 and GTX 780 used the exact same cooler as seen on Titan, manufacturers are now allowed to deviate from the reference design and put their own mark on their cards to set them apart from the competition. In Gigabyte’s case, the cooler of choice is WindForce and for a number of years now this has been at the forefront of their marketing campaigns.

With the release of the 770, Gigabyte are keen to show off the latest revision of their well known cooler, which now features a metal housing rather than the older plastic design. On top of this, Gigabyte have given the GK104 core the overclock treatment to take the 770 to the next level and let it stretch its legs a bit more.

When it comes to looking at this card, there is little more than the card in a box to look at as this is a review sample, meaning that Gigabyte have omitted the usual gubbins and accessories that we would normally see as part of a graphics card bundle.

NVIDIA GTX 770 2GB Graphics Card Review

Last week we saw the release of NVIDIA’s latest graphics range – namely the 700 series and its top model, the GTX 780. In many respects the GTX 780 brings a whole new level of performance to a greater audience and as I showed, there is only a small difference between the 780 and Titan on a single screen.

Working through the new 700 series line-up, NVIDIA are now lifting the lid on their next card, the GTX 770. Like the GTX 780, the GTX 770 has had many rumours surrounding its release and like the 780, these are all related to specifications, performance and most of all the GK104 core and a GTX 680. Like the GTX 780 I first of all want to put one of these rumours to rest and state the reason why. The one that I am referring to is the speculation that GTX680 owners would be able to turn their card into a GTX 770 through a BIOS update. Simply put this CANNOT be done. Whilst both cards share the same GK104 GPU core, there are a number of factors that lead to this impossibility. Like the 780 to Titan comparison, the GTX 770 has a slightly different revision of the GK104 core with varying number s of CUDA cores and texture units, however the most significant factor for the inability to ‘convert’ the GTX680 lies with the on-board memory.

One of NVIDIA’s major shouting points with the GTX770 is the inclusion of memory that runs at a whopping 7Gbps at stock, these are no overclocked ICs either, they are entirely new, so unless you have the ability to unsolder and resolder the ICs on to a GTX 680 as well as change the PCB layout slightly, there is no possibility of changing your card from one to the other.

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 780 At GeForce eSports Event

We’ve been bringing you a lot of rumour and speculation about the Geforece GTX 780 recently, but it’s finally good to get some cold hard facts, as well as some 100% genuine photos of the real deal and that’s exactly what we have today.

The GeForce eSports festival is currently taking place in China and it was the perfect battle ground for Nvidia to raise the curtain on the latest entry to their flagship 7xx GPU range.

With a release date of May 23rd the card is almost upon us and Scott Herkelman, the Geforce General Manager was on hand at the show to give us all an official first look.

Of course there are many more cards from the 7xx range still to come and we can expect to see the GTX 770 follow it up just a week later on the 30th of May.

Featuring the GK110 core with a few cut backs the GTX 780 is essentially the GTX Titan on a least, but that’s still enough to put it around 20% more powerful than the current GTX 680 and that’s no bad thing in terms of performance. With 12 stream processors, 2304 cores, 3GB of GDDR5 memory, a 320 / 384 bit memory bus and the same cooler design as the GTX Titan, this is certainly shaping up to be a great card.

Expect prices in the region of 500-600 Euros and non reference card designs to follow a few weeks after the official release.

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First GTX 780 Benchmarks Spotted Online

The GTX 780 is almost upon us and it was only a matter of time before someone plugged one into a test bench to see what this thing was capable of, or at least do it, then tell everyone else about it.

The card appears to be around 20% faster than the GTX 680, which as many of you will know the GTX 680 isn’t exactly lacking in performance to start with and 20% increase is a very welcome boost indeed.

This makes the GTX 780 the flagship card for the 7xx range, or at least it does for now until non reference cards are released. The GTX 780 is based around the GK110 core (GK110-300-A2) and with 2304 cores, 3GB GDDR5 memory and a 320-384-bit memory interface. Core clocks are set at 837MHz with turbo taking that up to 992Mhz and a memory runs an an effective clock of 6000MHz.

The GPU also features the same cooler as the Titan and while I’m not sure if this cooler is modified since it featured on the titan you can bet it offers similar performance, with better thermals than the GTX 680 and certainly a lot lest noise.

The price is expected to be around 500-600 Euros but you can expect to pay a premium for overclocked models a few weeks after release of the reference cards. It will be interesting to see how the card performs in a gaming environment, but for now the best we can do is look at these benchmarks.

Are you excited about the GTX 780? It’s certainly shaping up to be a popular card, although the 7xx range is looking like a more worthy update for those who haven’t already invested in 6xx.

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Nvidia Geforce GTX 780 Confirmed

The GTX 7xx range is almost upon us and Nvidia can’t hold onto all their information forever! Now we can confirm that not only are the cards almost upon us, but that we now know exactly what specifications they’re packing.

Based around the GK110 hardware, the GTX 780 is set to features a whopping 2304 CUDA cores and a 900MHz Boost Clock that should see it churn out some impressive benchmarks upon release.

The GK110 is based around the 28nm process, but that doesn’t mean much in terms of power saving when the card pulls 250W TDP via set of 6+8pin PCI-Express power cables, all this power will be used to drive the 863MHz base clock, with GPU Boost 2.0 taking that up to a nice round 900Mhz. 3GB of GDDR5 memory will add some extra performance punch and is clocked at 6000MHz with a 384-bit memory interface.

Much like the GTX 770 the GTX 780 is set to use the GTX Titan cooler and it’s likely we’ll be seeing a lot more of that cooler design on future Nvidia cards given that it packs the capabilities of cooling incredibly powerful graphics cards but also keeping noise to a surprising low level of around 45-45 dBA, much less than the GTX 680 stock cooler.

If these specs are to be taking into consideration then this card could be around 25-50% more powerful than the HD 7970 GHz Edition meaning the GPU war between Nvidia and AMD is far from over.

The GTX 780 is set to launch on the 23rd of this month, but you best start saving as you might have guess it’s not going to be cheap with the GTX 770 expected to be around £400 we could be looking at £500+ for the GTX 780.

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Nvidia GTX 770 Spec Confirmed


The new GTX 770 is basically a GTX 680 with a few tweaks and while on the surface that might sound a little lazy, it’s actually rather awesome because lets face it, the GTX 680 is still a fantastic card, heck it more than most people can even afford to install in their system and well above what is required to play the latest games at 1080p high / mix settings.

Based around the GK104 hardware, with 1536 CUDA cores and a 1080MHz Boost clock, the GTX 770 is no slouch in the performance department, with the same hardware as the GTX 680 but with higher clocks, but with higher clocks comes higher power requirements and more heat, something that has been well address as the card now pulls around 230W TDP via a 6+8pin PCI-Express power connection and all this extra power is kept cool by what appears to be the GTX Titan stock cooler, which is by far the coolest looking cooler on the market today, although it is possible that it has seen some internal modifications or improvements since it was released as the GTX Titan cooler.

Add to this GPU Boost 2.0, that will take the 1046MHz base GPU clock up to a tasty 1085MHz, 2GB or 4GB of memory @ 7000MHz and a 256-bit memory interface and you’ve got some seriously enthusiastic performance.

While no price has been confirmed just yet, you can bet Nvidia will want to stick it to AMD and price it well against the HD 7970 GHz Edition, so likely around £400 would be a safe bet.

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More Details of Nvidia GTX 760 Ti, 770, 780 Emerge

The good people over at Fudzilla have got their hands on some new information for the new Nvidia GTX 7xx range of graphics cards and with the latest range of GPUs set to launch very soon, people are already getting excited and clamoring for more and more information on the next generation of Nvidia hardware.

At the bottom of the 7XX range (in terms of performance) is the GTX 760 Ti, which will be based on the GK104 225 hardware. While the GTX 750 Ti is fitted out with a 256-bit memory interface that brings it close in terms of performance to the current GTX 670 hardware.

Both of these new cards will be the first in another long line of cards from Nvidia, but Nvidia partners are set to start shipping these new cards some time towards the end of June, and the good news is that custom cards are approved, so it won’t just be a case of a new sticker on the side of a reference card. Custom coolers, PCBs and clocks should be expected around release time.

The new GTX 770 will be based around the GK104 425 hardware, with a 256-bit interface and for all intents and purposes this appears to be a rebranding of the GTX 680, but given that the 680 is still an incredible card, this is no bad thing. The card is said to look something like the GTX Titan at the moment, but Nvidia will no allow for customisation of PCB and coolers on this range, so expect really exciting things to happen here soon.

The NVTTM cooling fan on the GTX 770 is said to allow higher clocks than the GTX 680, offering up around 5% performance boost, which might not sound like much, but 5% boost on an already powerful card is still a big difference.

King of them all however will be the GTX 780 and while this will also have a 256-bit interface, it will be based of the GTX Titan LE, featuring the GK110 chip, although its believed the first batch will in fact be reference design, you can still expect incredible things from this card.

Either way you can expect some of these cards to hit the market in a few weeks time, followed by the customised edition from partners shortly after and a staggered release of various editions from Nvidia to follow, either way it sounds like a solid range, even if the bulk is already on par with current hardware and personally I can’t wait to see the benchmarks of the higher end cards.

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Geforce GTX 780 Launching On May 23rd – GTX 770 Due May 30th

Yesterday afternoon we brought you the news that the Nvidia’s GTX 780 could cost more on launch than the GTX 680, and earlier this month we told you that the GTX 700 series of cards could be coming in May, well now we’re in may, so where are these new graphics cards?

Word has it that the new graphics cards are going to launch later this month and that Nvidia plan to launch not one, but two cards, just a single week apart.

The more expansive and powerful card, the Geforce GTX 780 is expected to launch on 23rd of May at 6am PTD. The less powerful of the two, but still by no means lacking in performance of its own, is the GTX 770 and that will launch on the 30th of May also at 6am PDT. Both dates are valid for the tier one customers.

The GK110 chip is to be powering the GTX 780 and you might remember that chip from such graphics cards as the GTX Titan, which as well all know is some seriously impressive hardware. The less powerful GTX 770 is running on the GK104 425 architecture which is an improvement over the original GK104 28nm chip, but I guess well find that out when benchmarks and tests start rolling in later in the month.

I would expect anything ground breaking from these new cards, they will of course be more powerful and likely more efficient than their 6xx counterparts but as with any new card generation, it will take a little while for them to find there groove and really flex their muscles.

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