It isn’t very often that the ASUS Republic of Gamers brand brings a graphics card to a fairly mainstream price point. However, with the ASUS ROG Striker Platinum GTX 760 that’s exactly what ASUS did – well, kind of. As you might expect it certainly will cost you a bit more than a “bog-standard” GTX 760, 20% more in fact, but you do get a fair bit more for your money. The stand-out difference is that your RAM gets doubled from 2GB to 4GB, but there’s also a hefty GPU overclock and a custom ROG-styled cooling solution. This features a full aluminium backplate, the new Direct CU II design with 10mm heat pipes and the ASUS CoolTech fan design. ASUS have also upgraded the power delivery components over the standard GTX 760 reference design with their DIGI+ VRM black metallic capacitors, an 8 phase Super Alloy Power implementation and extra POSCAPs behind the GPU to filter power further.
Being an ROG product it wouldn’t be cool without some extra gadgets and trinkets so ASUS have added a colour-coded ROG logo which changes colour depending on the GPU load.
Looking at the raw specifications we can see exactly how the GTX 760 Striker Platinum fares against a normal GTX 760. More importantly for us though, is how SLI GTX 760 Striker Platinums do against a GTX 780 Ti. ASUS were kind enough to send us a pair of these GTX 760s and they recommended taking on the GTX 780 Ti : a pair of these GTX 760 Striker Platinums costs $600 compared to the $700 of the GTX 780 Ti.
Packaging and Bundle
The usual ROG theme is offered on the packaging and the term “Gaming Graphics Card” is used with this product: for once ASUS isn’t really targeting overclockers with this product.
Around the back we get some more details about the product with a labelled exploded diagram, similar to the slide we’ve already shown you.
The bundle is fairly modest with a speed setup guide, driver and utility DVD, SLI cable (which we’re actually using for once!) and a dual 6 pin to 8 pin power adapter.
More details have emerged on Nvidia’s upcoming 20nm Maxwell GPUs which will form the new GTX 800 series, however, as always these are very premature and somewhat vague details. As a result we encourage readers to remember they could be untrue, inaccurate or subject to change. The GM204 is the part in question and GM204 is believed to be the direct successor to the GK104 Kepler GPU that currently makes up the GTX 770, GTX 760, GTX 680, GTX 670 and GTX 660 Ti. Like GK104 the GM204 makes use of a 256 bit wide memory bus which also implies the card will come as standard with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM with an option for 4GB models if Nvidia vendors choose to double up. We’ve also heard about the existence of the flagship GM210 GPU which will succeed the GK110 GPU, GM210. As a result we expect the GM210 to lead the top of the GTX 800 series (for example the GTX 890, GTX 880 Ti, GTX 880), while the GM204 GPU will likely make up the mid-range (GTX 870, GTX 860 Ti, GTX 860). Speculation suggests that it is possible the GM204 GPU may use Maxwell architecture but make use of the 28nm process to keep the costs down, this leads to further logical reinforcement that GM204 will be a mid-range Maxwell GPU.
Nvidia is pretty good at keeping secrets, but it’s impossible to close all the holes and stop every leak from escaping. We have little idea about what GM204 actually is, but going on the current history of Nvidia hardware naming, we can safely guess that it’s a set of next-gen graphics hardware that will follow GK104, the current hardware in the newer GeFoce 760, or even the GK110 which is in cards like the Titan.
The product codes were spotted on a shipping declaration from April which was sent by Nvidia to its test labs in India, before being published on the Chinese forum over at Chiphell. According to the packaging the GM204 graphics unit features 8GB of GDDR5 memory which does suggest its a high-end gaming class graphics card, but we really no idea if this is a standalone GPU, mobile GPU, or something else altogether.
The rumour mill is working hard on this one, as it’s rumoured that GM204 could be the successor to the current GPU range, bringing around 10% performance improvements over the current generation. It’s not rumour that next-gen hardware is in the works at Nvidia, that much is a certainty, but for now we’ll have to wait a little longer to see if this leaked document is real or not.
Thank you Chiphell for providing us with this information.
ASUS has made the GTX 760 Direct CU Mini official according to TechPowerUp. The ASUS GTX 760 Direct CU Mini (model: GTX760-DCMOC-2GD5) is the successor to the GTX 670 Direct CU Mini and very little has changed. The graphics card is literally identical other than it swaps out the GTX 670 GPU for a GTX 760 GPU. The graphics card has a 170mm long PCB that makes it suited for small form factor cases and mini-ITX builds. The PCB features a 5 phase VRM that draws power from a single 8 pin PCIe connector. A vapor chamber plate draws heat away from the GPU and is cooled by ASUS’ new CoolTech fan design. On this particular unit reference clock speeds of 980MHz core, 1033MHz GPU boost and 6GHz memory are stuck to.
If we draw comparisons directly to the GTX 670 Direct CU Mini we can expect this card to be around 5-7.5% slower due to the weaker GPU and lack of an overclock. ASUS are expected to price this card at around $299 which is $50 more than a normal GTX 760. The ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU Mini currently costs around $330 but Newegg currently sell it for $305. If you can find the ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU Mini for a similar price then it would definitely be a better buy than this. This new card from ASUS is expected to compete directly with Galaxy’s GTX 760 Mini.
A report from a Chinese technology publication has revealed details of the next card to be arriving in the Nvidia GTX 700 series. The GTX 750 Ti, or GTX 760 SE, will come in to replace the Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost but will also be designed to be faster than the GTX 660. The GPU is based on GK104 and uses 960 CUDA cores putting it below the 1152 on the GTX 760 and making it the same as the GTX 660 which also has 960. It has the same 80 TMUs that the GTX 660 has but has more ROPs, 32 instead of 24, and a wider memory bus of 256 bit instead of 192 bit.
Clock speeds are expected to be quite high with 1033MHz on the core, 1098MHz on the GPU boost speed and 6GHz/6008MHz effective on the memory. There are no details on when Nvidia will launch the GPU but it is expected to come well in time for the flurry of FPS shooter releases later on this year (Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts) to capitalise on PC gamers wanting new video cards. It isn’t yet known what pricing will be and what the official launch date will be but we will of course bring you those details as we get them. We also don’t know what the fate of the GTX 660 and GTX 650Ti Boost will be when this card is released, one may get the chop or both may get the chop.
Currently if you are looking for an Nvidia graphics card with top level performance but with an ultra-small form factor then the ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU Mini is probably your best option, but if you’re looking for something from Nvidia’s GTX 700 series that is the absolute latest product then you’ll of been pretty short on options until now. Galaxy have revealed their GTX 760 Mini (GF PGTX760-OC/2GD5 MINI) which has a shortened GK104 PCB measuring in at just 19.3cm. The cooling solution uses a pair of 70mm fans ventilating a dense aluminium heatsink and three 8mm copper heat pipes – more than enough to cool the GTX 760 GPU effectively.
The card actually comes with a factory overclock at 1019MHz up from 980MHz reference and of course GPU Boost 2.0 will ensure this can go higher. The GPU Boost clock speed is 1084MHz vs 1033MHz reference while the memory sticks to the reference 6008MHz effective across 2GB of GDDR5. Pricing is yet to be revealed but you can expect it to be at a slight premium over a normal GTX 760. Galaxy’s GTX 760 mini stands alone as one of the only compact high performance graphics card of Nvidia’s GTX 700 series but we do know that ASUS are working on a successor to the ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU Mini graphics card which will also probably use the GTX 760 GPU.
Nvidia’s GTX 770 was released as the successor to the GTX 670 when Nvidia announced the GTX 700 series quite some time ago. In essence the GTX 770 is a GTX 680 on steroids and so it isn’t really new as such. What is new is that it has a market price of $400 USD compared to the GTX 680 which has a market price of $420 USD. Of course it is cheaper and performs better as you’d expect from a card that makes the generational advancement. The unique aspect of the GTX 770 comes from its familiarity. Most AIB vendors have already worked with the GK104 GPU when it was the GTX 680 and know exactly how to get the best out of it – which can only be good for consumers.
Today we are looking at MSI’s high end GTX 770 solution that comes equipped with their popular and most recent version of the Twin Frozr VGA cooler. This card is also part of MSI’s Gaming Series so is no longer just standalone Twin Frozr. MSI has a few series that use the Twin Frozr cooler including the Hawk, Gaming, Lightning and the Power Edition cards.Unlike the MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozr Gaming OC graphics card, this one we have here today boasts a slightly chunkier heatsink design with an extra 6mm heat pipe to cope with the higher TDP of the GTX 770 compared to the GTX 760. I have already been impressed by MSI’s newest Twin Frozr VGA cooler on so many graphics cards so hopefully today we will be impressed with this latest MSI card.
The front of the box uses MSI’s Dragon styling to symbolise the gaming series. We can also clearly see this is an OC Edition graphics card meaning a higher-than-stock clock out the box.
The back is filled with all marketing stuff that you can find more about on the product page.
Included in the box is MSI’s Certificate of Quality & Stability to let you know this card is made from tested Military Class III components. The other accessories include dual 8 to 6 pin PCIe power adapters and a DVI-VGA adapter.
Nvidia’s GTX 760 has been out now for quite a while and we’ve seen a whole variety of models hit the market. At eTeknix we’ve only managed to review one GTX 760 so far and that was the rather epic KFA2 GTX 760 EX OC 2GB graphics card. Today we’ve got another enthusiast grade overclocked GTX 760 from Gigabyte. The GTX 760 WindForce OC 2GB graphics card we have here today is using Gigabyte’s WindForce 3X cooler capable of handling thermal loads of up to 450W. It uses a trio of 80mm fans to help keep this graphics card running cool and quiet.
Gigabyte have wasted no time in giving this GTX 760 a hefty dollop of extra performance as they have raised both the core clock and GPU boost clock. The core clock has been raised from 980MHz to 1085MHz while the boost clock has been increased from 1033MHz to 1150MHz. By my calculations that’s a 10.8% overclock on the GPU core clock and an 11.3% overclock on the GPU boost clock. The memory has been left untouched at the stock 1502MHz actual, 6008MHz effective speed. Right away then we should expect the WindForce GTX 760 OC graphics card to be around 10-15% faster than a reference GTX 760 meaning it will be much faster than the current Nvidia GTX 670 and maybe even GTX 680.
Below you can see how our Gigabyte GTX 760 WindForce OC 2GB graphics card arrived. We received a dedicated review sample so it has none of the retail packaging and accessories.
Inside we had just the card in some protective foam and with some protective plastic on the outer shroud.
MSI’s GTX 770 has been out for a while now and the MSI Gaming series graphics cards of the Nvidia GTX 700 series have been incredibly popular with consumers and reviewers alike. MSI are adding a new model to the gaming series with a new 4GB version of the GTX 770. The new card doubles up on VRAM which is now on the front and back of the PCB instead of just the front. The card features MSI’s dual fan Twin Frozr cooling solution with four heat pipes and two 10cm fans.
The rest of the PCB is made up of high quality super ferrite chokes, solid caps and is powered by a pair of 8 pin PCIe connectors. The card is overclocked to 1137 MHz core, 1189 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz memory. The card does not use a backplate despite having memory modules on the rear of the PCB.
Pricing and availability is TBA though MSI’s 2GB GTX 770 Gaming graphics card costs $400 so this is likely to cost around $450 due to the extra RAM and high clocks. Availability should be within the next 2 to 4 weeks but that really is anyone’s guess. If you’re interested in getting one then just keep a close eye on your favoured retailer’s new products list.
Inno3D’s iChill HerculeZ 3000 series of graphics cards is something of a Dark Horse when it comes to the graphics card market. They actually offer up some of the best overclockability and performance of any custom cards yet fail to generate a lot of attention because they don’t have the prestige of brands like ASUS and EVGA. This iChill HerculeZ 3000 graphics card uses a Nvidia GTX 760 GPU powered by a 7 phase VRM with an 8 layer PCB. The cooling solution is a triple fan design with what appears to be two 70mm fans and one 80mm fan. It uses five heat pipes and a dense aluminium heatsink all encased in a die-cast metal shroud.
On the back there is a backplate for additional cooling. Clock speeds are raised to 1060/1124/6200MHz (core/turbo/memory) from Nvidia reference of 980/1033/6000MHz. The fans are removable along with the shroud allowing for easy cleaning and maintenance of the graphics card. Global availability wasn’t disclosed by Inno3D but this card will cost 1799RMB ~ $294 USD in China. Given the fact we’ve seen European availability of the iChill HerculeZ 3000 series before expect to see it hit the European and North American markets soon.
Like previous Zotac Extreme Edition cards we will probably only see Chinese/Asian availability. Like previous Extreme Edition cards it features a slightly updated Zotac Gamer force cooler.
It boasts a backplate to keep all the power componentry and memory chips cool.
On the PCB we have an impressive 12 (8+3+1) phase VRM with noise free chokes, conductive polymer, tantalum capacitors, three proadilizers, International Rectifier PowIRstage driver-MOSFETs, CHiL CHL8318 (8 Phase) and CHL 8214-03 (4 phase) chips to control the VRM.The Zotac GTX 770 Extreme Edition ships with clock speeds of 1150MHz core, 1202MHz boost and 7.2GHz memory. There is a provided DIP-switch for an LN2 OTP mode that removes Nvidia limits so you can really go for it with the overclocking. Finally there is support for an “OC+ module” with an internal USB connection to control clocks, voltages and so on. Voltage measurement points are also included on the PCB.
As mentioned already availability will probably be only in Asian and will be limited quantities, furthermore pricing is expected to be very high -probably closing in on GTX 780 levels.
The Nvidia GTX 760 launch is imminent, expected before the end of June and if the hive of activity all over social media is to be believed then we will see the GTX 760 on June 25th (tomorrow). On the back of this we have leaked specifications and pictures of a Xenon JetStream GTX 760, pictured above, courtesy of Chiphell. Xenon is Palit’s South Korean sub-brand so this is essentially a Palit JetStream GTX 760 graphics card.
This particular card comes with a factory overclock of 1072MHz base and 1137MHz boost with 6.2GHz on the memory. These are up from stock clocks of 980/1033/6008 MHz. Apart from that the graphics card is nothing out of the ordinary from most Palit JetStream cards.
In terms of performance we saw X3037 and a graphics score of 2730.
For comparison the GTX 670 scores more or less exactly the same at X3002 with 2730 as the graphics score.
The unit has a non reference PCB design and GK104-225 GPU.
A report by VideoCardz.com has just detailed EVGA’s entire GTX 760 line up and there are actually a staggering six cards being prepared for this new mid range Nvidia graphics card. First up is the “normal” EVGA GTX 760 2GB graphics card which uses the ACX cooler. This will be a Nvidia reference specification graphics card so it is nothing out of the ordinary except the ACX cooler.
Next up is EVGA GTX 760 2GB SuperClocked card which uses the ACX cooler too. This is factory overclocked to 1072MHz, 1137MHz GPU boost and the memory remains at a 6GHz stock.
Next up is the EVGA GTX 760 FTW 2GB graphics card which uses an EVGA blower style cooler like we saw on most EVGA cards before they introduced the ACX cooler. This is overclocked to 1085MHz core, 1150MHz boost and the memory is 6GHz stock.
Then we have the EVGA GTX 760 2GB FTW SuperClocked graphics card with a rather different to previous generation EVGA blower coolers. This graphics card is overclocked with 1085MHz core, 1150MHz boost and 6GHz memory.
The we have the EVGA GTX 760 4GB FTW which has double the stock amount of memory and uses similar clocks of 1085MHz core, 1150MHz boost and 6GHz memory.
Finally we have the “normal” EVGA GTX 760 4GB graphics card. This is essentially a reference Nvidia spec card but with double the memory and EVGA’s blower style cooler.
With reports that we could see the GTX 760 by the end of this month it isn’t surprising that we can now feast our eyes on some GTX 760 designs from Nvidia partners. Today we grab a look of the GTX 760 from MSI baring the Gaming Series branding and the Twin Frozr cooling.
This card looks very similar to the MSI GTX 770 Gaming graphics card and employs a fully custom PCB design, military class III components and the MSI Twin Frozr cooler.
The cooling solution is dual slot and features MSI’s dust removal technology, that is reverse fan spin at start up. The card uses the GK 104-225 GPU but is an overclocked version.
As a result the MSI GTX 760 Gaming Series OC graphics card has the following specifications:
Base Clock: 1085 MHz
Boost Clock: 1150 MHz
Memory Clock: 6008 MHz
CUDA Cores: 1152
Bus Type: PCI-E 3.0
Memory Spec: 2048 MB GDDR5
Memory Bit Width: 256-Bit
Height: 126 mm
Length: 260 mm
Display Outputs: 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Estimates put the pricing of the card around the €/$300 region which makes it about £260 and thus is actually priced well above the GTX 660 Ti in terms of its market segmentation. This card is expected to be the successor to the GTX 660 Ti.
After much speculation about what the Nvidia GTX 760 will actually be we now have some final specifications courtesy of VideoCardz.com. Apparently the graphics card uses an identical reference design to other GK104 GPUs, the GTX 670/660 Ti/660/650 Ti, and is designed to replace Nvidia’s GTX 660 Ti in the current Nvidia line up.
The GTX 760 deploys a reduced size version of the GK104 GPU with 1152 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The base clock runs at 980 MHz with a boost frequency that raises the frequency by a further 53 MHz for a maximum clock of 1033 MHz depending on the GPU Boost 2.0 temperature target. The stock memory configuration will be 2GB of GDDR5 across a 256 bit memory interface with 192 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The TDP will be 170W requiring two 6 pin PCIe connectors.
Apparently the GTX 760 will complete Nvidia’s portfolio for the coming few months as they wait for AMD to make a move next.
We should expect to see the third of the GTX 700 series GPUs come by the end of June as it appears Nvidia has now shipped out the bulk of GTX 760s to its AIB partners like MSI, ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte and so on. The graphics card pictured in the above image is MSI’s GTX 760 Gaming Series variant likely to have a Twin Frozr cooler and it comes with overclocked frequencies.
If you are interested in seeing more specificationsabout the new GTX 760 then check that link. We expect Nvidia will probably attach a hefty price premium to the GTX 760 to the tune of around $300, while if we get a GTX 760 Ti that will probably slot in at $349 while the GTX 770 holds the $400 price point.
According to a leaked report by Chiphell the Nvidia GTX 760 will feature 1152 CUDA cores, unlike any other Nvidia GK104 card on the market currently, meaning it is not based on a rebranded version of the GTX 670, GTX 660Ti or a GTX 660. The GTX 760 is a completely “new” Kepler design and features 1152 CUDA cores which sits in between the 960 of the GTX 660 and the 1344 of the GTX 660 Ti/GTX 670. Furthermore, Nvidia is continuing the trend of aggressive clock speeds and they opt for a 1072MHz stock base clock and 1111MHz GPU boost clock. The RAM is also clocked at an impressive 7012MHz.
The design then is essentially a GK104 GPU with 3/4 cluster units enabled. This gives 1152 CUDA cores, 96 Texture Mapping Units, 32 Render Output Units and a 256 bit GDDR5 memory interface. With it being a new card it should feature GPU Boost 2.0 and expect its TDP to be around the 150-170W region. Another key feature is that unlike the GTX 660 and GTX 660 Ti this card is not constrained by a 192 bit memory interface so should be able to achieve better performance as a result.
The latest specifications of the GTX 760 reveal that it sits somewhere in between a GTX 660 and GTX 660Ti in terms of the CUDA core count. Yet according to the latest 3DMark 11 test leaks from Chiphell it actually performs more or less identically to a GTX 670. The above screenshot, that for some reason has been edited to say P 830 not P8830, suggests that the stock GTX 760 is right around GTX 670 levels and about 500-700 3DMark 11 points above a GTX 660Ti.
This is interesting because it shows that with some memory bus tweaking and some overclocking Nvidia have been able to take a 1152 CUDA core count card higher than the 1344 CUDA core GTX 660Ti and to equal footing with the GTX 670. If the GTX 760 is priced right we could see one of the most competitive graphics cards on the market place to date.
The performance breakdown of this 3DMark 11 test is as follows:
Overall score: P8830
Graphics score: 8897
Physics score: 9676
Combined score: 7435
If we take a look at some of the Graphics score results for a GTX 670, we can see a reference model scores around 8600 points and a reference GTX 680 scores around 9500 points so the GTX 760 sits just above the GTX 670 with 8897. Of course the GTX 670 will have greater overclocking headroom so inevitably the GTX 760 will only end up being a better card than the GTX 660Ti.
Nvidia’s new GTX 700 series has already launched and it has been dominated by the GTX 780 and GTX 770 video cards. Now the speculation moves towards the unreleased graphics cards and today we are addressing some rumours that have emerged about the GTX 760 courtesy of VideoCardz.com. In their report they say that we can expect the GTX 760 to be released on either Tuesday June 25th or Thursday June 27th. The launch was reportedly going to take place next week and as there was a mid-June launch expected. Though apparently AIBs managed to delay the launch as they were not ready for a transition to the new card that week.
Now apart from that details are still sketchy in terms of what the GTX 760 will actually be. Though most reports seem to agree on the rebrand and “drop-down” concept, that is that the GTX 760 will be a rebranded GTX 660 Ti. Though there have been conflicting reports that suggested the GTX 760 would just be a rebadged GTX 660 (the 1152 CUDA core model not the 1344 CUDA core GTX 660 Ti). In which case then it seems the GTX 660 Ti may vanish from Nvidia’s portfolio as the GTX 670 will form the GTX 760 Ti while the GTX 660 Ti is phased out. However there is also a third possibility which is that both the GTX 760 Ti and the GTX 760 will be based on the GTX 670 GPU but the GTX 760 Ti will obviously have a faster version of it.
Either way even with all the conflicting rumours that have probably made you as confused as I am it is reported Nvidia are planning just one GPU launch this month and it is definitely going to be the GTX 760 according to this report. We will have to wait and see as most rumours have a tendency to only be partially correct.
The run up to Computex is always a busy time of year. There are new APUs from AMD in the form of Richland, new graphics card releases from Nvidia in the form of the GTX 700 series and new processors from Intel in the form of Haswell. Not all of these have been released yet, but will be over the coming weeks. Nvidia is now adding another big release to the bunch by launching the GTX 700M series of graphics cards for notebooks.
The current launch of the GTX 700M series from Nvidia is comprised of the GTX 760M, GTX 765M, GTX 770M and GTX 780M. If you missed the launch of earlier models, that is the GT 710M through the GT 750M, then you can check the link for those. Based on these specifications our previous article about the GTX 770M being based on a rebranded GTX 670MX does indeed seem to be true. As we can see at a hardware level all of these graphics cards are more or less the same using either GK104, GK106 or GK107 – all Kepler architectures.
That said these GPUs are not “identical” as Nvidia has tweaked and tuned base clocks, memory clock speeds and added GPU Boost 2.0 to the GTX 700M series. Therefore every part in the Nvidia GTX 700M series will be much faster than its GTX 600M series counterpart because it takes the previously higher stacked model (for example the GTX 670MX drops down to the GTX 770M) and then further increases clocks to add even more performance.
Anandtech are the ones who have revealed all this information about the GTX 700M series and they believe that BioShock Infinite at maximum settings at 1080p produces 41.5 FPS while the GTX 675MX produces 35.6 FPS and the HD 7970M produces 45.3 FPS.
Image #1 courtesy of Nvidia and Image #2 courtesy of Anandtech
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.
We’ve had a lot in the way of GTX 770 speculation recently, yet we haven’t heard much recently. That said a report from Hermitage Akihabara has suggested both new details about the GTX 770, its price and specifications.
Nothing has changed on the “GTX 680” rebrand side, we still have identical hardware specifications to a GTX 680 as predicted earlier several times. However, the clock speeds are radically different to what we expected with an expected base clock of 1046MHz and 1085MHz boost. Traditionally AMD have been the only graphics card vendor in recent times to brag about smashing the 1GHz boundary.
They also released pricing information which suggests that the card will sell for 40,000 Japanese Yen which translates into $380-400 and €380-400 and therefore about £340-£350. This would be a massive shake up to the video card market as the GTX 680 currently costs around $500 and £385 respectively. The GTX 770 would totally undercut this and probably force Nvidia to hack down prices of GTX 600 series video cards. In addition we can expect AMD to suffer in terms of sales when the HD 7970 GHz Edition is still costing $450 and £350 yet Nvidia would have a marginally faster counterpart for around 20% less cost.
There’s no guaranteeing that this pricing will actually translate, it is possible there could be an extra mark-up for the European and North American markets. Only time will tell. Would you buy a GTX 770 if it costs around $380/€380/£340?
Nvidia’s GTX 770 will be a rebranded GTX 680 with a few performance tweaks. As a result we are not surprised to see MSI ready with a GTX 770 Lightning Edition straight away given that they had a GTX 680 Lightning Edition graphics card which is in effect the same product. You can see the performance of the GTX 770 here and the specifications of the GTX 770 here. It is worth noting that while the stock GTX 770 has clock speeds of 1046 MHz core, 1085 MHz boost and 7GHz effective memory, the MSI GTX 770 Lightning Edition will probably have much higher clock speeds – to the tune of around 1100MHz core, 1150MHz boost and 7.4GHz memory is my best “guestimate”.
The MSI GTX 770 Lightning Edition uses the Twin Frozr IV cooler with a pair of 10cm PWM fans. There is a dense aluminium heatsink and a bunch of heatpipes to cool the GPU, VRM and memory. The fans are equipped with MSI’s “Dust Removal” technology which reverses the fans on start-up to expel dust. In addition the GPU is expected to ship with MSI’s GPU Reactor module which beefs up the VRM and reduces static noise, allowing for greater overclocking.
Expect a price point of around $449+ for this model as it will be among the-best-of-the-best when it comes to GTX 770s that are available on the market. For reference the current MSI GTX 680 Lightning Edition costs $499.99 on Newegg. Expect the GTX 770s to hit the market on the 30th of May if rumours are to be believed, availability will probably come in the following week and pricing is expected at $399-$449.
Check out the pictures below and let us know what you think of it!
While we already know the GTX 770 is just a rehashed GTX 680 with some slight performance tweaks, we haven’t really understood what that will translate into in terms of gaming performance, until today. We won’t bore you again with the specifications of the GTX 770 as you can see those here.
Just recently the GTX 770 was benchmarked in comparison to the GTX 680. The GTX 770 in question had 1059 MHz core, 1076 MHz boost and 7GHz effective memory clocks. The GTX 680 had 1006MHz core, 1056MHz boost and 6GHz effective memory. This makes the GTX 770 5% faster in terms of core clock speeds and 17% faster in terms of memory speeds.
This is reportedly the “stock” configuration for all GTX 770s. Unlike the GTX 680 the GTX 770 is now limited to 8GHz effective memory clock not 7.2GHz. This is because it uses HY R2C particles not HY ROC particles for the memory. This means you will be able to achieve better memory overclocks on GTX 770s versus GTX 680s.
The card was tested in a variety of gaming configurations and tests and yielded approximately a 10% performance boost over a stock reference GTX 680. That is stock GTX 770 vs stock GTX 680.
3DMark FireStrike (Extreme):
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770: 3535 Marks
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680: 3150 Marks
3DMark FireStike (Performance):
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770: 7078 Marks
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680: 6331 Marks
3DMark 11 (Extreme):
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770: 3840 Marks
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680: 3411 Marks
3DMark 11 (Performance):
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770: 10693 Marks
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680: 09777 Marks
FarCry 3 (1920×1080):
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770: 70.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680: 79.8 FPS
CRYSIS 3 (1920×1080):
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770: 42.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680: 39.1 FPS
TOMB RAIDER (1920×1080):
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770: 87.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680: 78.3 FPS
The GTX 770 is expected on May 30th at a price point of $399-$449.What are your thoughts on these performance numbers? Is it a real performance increase or just as a result of the higher clocks that the GTX 770 has over the GTX 680?
You may have already seen the news that Nvidia has just launched its GTX 780 graphics card at an eSports event, this was followed by some “leaked” benchmarks online that showed the GTX 780 is roughly 20% faster thanthe GTX 680. Now we have a view of what the GTX 770 will look like. We already know that it will be a rebranded GTX 680, as we already detailed here, but much speculation pointed to the GTX 770 being based off that “GTX Titan” style cooler.
As you can see from the image above, which is of an Nvidia reference GTX 770 branded by PNY, the GTX 770 is not only the same as the GTX 680 in terms of its raw design but it also uses a totally identical reference cooler. The only difference between the GTX 770 and the GTX 680 is a more refined GPU design which apparently allows for higher overclocks and a higher stock memory clock of 7GHz effective. As a result it will be around 5-10% faster than a stock GTX 680 and have a price point of approximately $399-$449.
The GTX 770 is expected to launch on May 31st, 2013. What are your thoughts on the GTX 770’s design? Does the thought of being able to get a GTX 680 equivalent for about $50-$100 less make up for the fact it is just a rebrand?
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.