AMD’s R9 285 was confirmed by AMD earlier today but now AMD have gone one step further and revealed detailed specifications as well as performance numbers. AMD’s R9 285 pretty much conforms to all the rumours we’ve heard so far: there’s 2GB of GDDR5, 1792 GCN cores, a 256 bit memory bus and a fairly modest TDP of 190W which is fed by a pair of 6 pins. The core clock will be up to 918MHz and the memory clock will be 5500MHz. Being a GCN based card there is also support for Mantle and DirectX 12.
How does the R9 285 perform? Well AMD claim up to 15% faster in Battlefield 4 at 1440p when comparing to the Nvidia GTX 760. They also revealed some 3DMark Fire Strike numbers where the R9 285 scored 25% higher than the GTX 760 in the Fire Strike test and 27% faster in the Fire Strike Extreme Test. Given that AMD’s R9 285 is expected to cost $249, the same as the MSRP of the GTX 760, things look set to get very interesting for graphics card buyers.
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.
Since the launch of the Intel NUC platform, there has been a lot of discussions about its small form factor and how more power could be harnessed from it and GIGABYTE managed to give a solution to this in the shape of the BRIX.
Though its evolution, the BRIX has been transformed plenty of times and has since overtaken the Intel NUC on the higher-end platform. Fast forward to the present day, and we can see that the range of BRIX products has been expanded upon with the latest GeForce GTX 760 creation with Haswell Core i5 processor.
The latest iteration includes a 47W TDP Intel Core i5-4200H processor clocked to 2.8GHz (3.4Ghz with Turbo) and GTX 760 from the green team with a TDP of 170W which as we know in a device of this size, is vitally important due to cooling issues. Other features of the new NVIDIA powered BRIX is support for mSATA and 2.5″ SSD and HDD storage solutions, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit Ethernet.
Connectivity wise, you’ll find dual HDMI ports and a single mini DisplayPort and a whopping four USB 3.0 ports (native thanks to the Haswell processor).
Availability is a bit scarce on dates right now, but end of May/June is looking likely with Computex right around the corner and with rumours of an i7 based processor possibly being added in, GIGABYTE have got a mammoth machine with this new model, and it’s still stupidly tiny too.
Rumors are that NVIDIA plans on releasing the GeForce GTX 750 Ti in February, but what is more interesting is that it is said to be based in Maxwell GPU architecture, rather than previously reported Kepler architecture.
It is really interesting that NVIDIA is using the 700 series for the new Maxwell lineup, instead of the 800 series. The mobility series however is using the 800 series brand name. However, according to WCCF, NVIDIA might be using the 700 series lineup as an entry-level for the Maxwell cards.
Currently, the 700 series consist of the GeForece 780 Ti, GeForece 780, GeForece 770, GeForece 760. A GeForce 750 Ti would make sense for an early low-end Maxwell launch. It would be in range of the 700 series performance, while demoing what users should expect from the later more high-end models that will come out under the 800 series lineup.
If the rumors prove to be true and the GeForce 750 Ti will be based on Maxwell chipset, it will be the first GPU architecture to feature Unified Virtual Memory which allows the GPU and CPU to share the address space. The hardware level integration helps improves memory management and reduces overhead. In addition to that, Maxwell based GPUs would be the first to integrate the Denver CPU. The custom 64-bit ARM Dual-Core CPU will be fused on the PCB and would enhance the GPGPU workload by shifting load from the CPU on to the custom ARM cores. It will also be useful when running NVIDIA’s next generation FLEX (Unified GPU PhysX) processes.
More reports state that the Maxwell desktop chip codename will be GM107 / GM117 and would replace GK106 in terms of performance. The GeForce GTX 750 Ti is rumored to launch in late February and would replace the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost for a similar price range.
Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information Image courtesy of WCCF
MSI has released a new mini-ITX motherboards and a small GPU accompanying it, the MSI Z87I Gaming AC and GTX 760. These are the components with which MSI wants to make its presence known in the mini-ITX market simply because more and more case manufactureres come up with smaller case units, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to have a gaming PC that you could fit anywhere in the house?
The Z87I Gaming AC is an improved version of the MSI Z87I motherboard. The difference stands in MSI adding a dual-band 2T2R 802.11ac WiFi, Killer E2205 NIC, Realtek ALC1150 audio codec, gaming device port, more SATA III ports and Intel WiDi support. As always, it comes with MSI Gaming themed BIOS and software along with matching heat sinks and design.
Taking a look at the MSI GTX 760 Gaming, we can see that it measures exactly 17cm in length as well as in width, making it fit perfectly in a mini-ITX board. The cores are clocked at 1033 MHz with boost of up to 1098 MHz. It also comes with MSI’s new Radax fan design which incorporates radial and axial design in one fan. Furthermore, it comes with OC mode, Gaming mode and Silent mode.
In terms of pricing, the MSI Z87I Gaming AC retails for around $270 and the MSI GTX 760 Gaming goes for $200.
Battlefield 4 has been one of the biggest game releases so far this year for gamers on all gaming platforms. The FPS title from EA and DICE has got off to a relatively shaky start with numerous audio, graphical and gameplay problems across the various platforms it was released on. In fact for many Battlefield 4 owners the game is still in a dysfunctional or buggy state, but you can expect (or hope) that EA and DICE will begin to patch and fix the majority of the problems within the coming weeks as they have said they will. The shaky launch aside, what most PC owners/gamers want to know, if they haven’t already found out, is how do current generation GPUs perform in Battlefield 4 on the PC?
Today we put that question to the test with an extensive, albeit not entirely complete, range of current generation AMD and Nvidia GPUs. On the AMD side we have the R7 260X, R9 270, R9 270X, R9 280X, R9 290 and R9 290X while on the Nvidia side we have a few more offerings with the GTX 650 Ti Boost, GTX 660, GTX 760, GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti and GTX Titan. All of the aforementioned graphics cards are current offerings and to the sharp-minded readers you will notice some graphics cards are missing. Mainly the current generation lower-end graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia are absent, that includes the Nvidia GTX 650, GT 640 GDDR5, GT 640 DDR3 and the AMD R7 250 and R7 240. The main reason for not testing these graphics cards, other than that we didn’t have most of them, is because they simply aren’t that capable of running such a high end gaming title. Of course that’s not to say they can’t but given the nature of the resolutions we test (mainly 1080p or above) and the quality settings our readers like to see (very high or ultra) these GPUs simply aren’t cut out for the test. Arguably they are more aimed at gamers with 1366 x 768 monitors tackling medium-high details but I digress. The system requirements for Battlefield 4 reveal a similar picture, if you want a smooth gameplay experience then you need an AMD Radeon HD 7870 or Nvidia GTX 660 or better. However, those system requirements show you very little about what you can expect at different resolutions. So without any further ado let us show you our results and show you exactly how AMD and Nvidia’s offerings stack up!
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) have announced their latest GPU, the Mars 760, a graphics card that features two GeForce GTX 760 graphics-processing units (GPUs) for the ultimate gaming performance! Mars 760 outpaces the GeForce GTX Titan with ease, with game performance that’s up to 39% faster overall. Compared with GeForce GTX Titan, Mars 760 runs Bioshock Infinite 6% faster, Crysis 3 an impressive 14% quicker and increases Tomb Raider’s performance by a remarkable 39%.
Mars 760 is a two-slot card that’s packed with many exclusive ASUS technologies including DirectCU II for 20%-cooler and vastly quieter operation, DIGI+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) for ultra-stable power delivery and GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use utility that lets users push the two GTX 760 GPUs to extremes — easily and safely. An attention-grabbing LED even illuminates as Mars 760 works. Combined with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory Mars 760 pumps visuals with incredibly high frame rates and no stutter, ensuring extremely smooth gameplay — even at very high resolutions, such as 2560×1600.
Exclusive DirectCU II technology puts 8 highly-conductive copper cooling pipes in direct contact with both GPUs. These pipes provide extremely efficient cooling — Mars 760 runs 20% cooler and vastly quieter than reference GeForce GTX 690 cards. Dual 90mm dust-proof fans provide six times (6X) greater airflow than reference design.
Mars 760 is equipped with ROG’s acclaimed DIGI+ voltage-regulation module (VRM), featuring a 12-phase power design that reduces power noise by 30% and enhances efficiency by 15%. It also widens voltage-modulation tolerance and improves overall stability and longevity — by two-and-a-half times (2.5X) above reference. Japanese-made black metallic capacitors offer 20%-better temperature endurance for a lifespan that’s up to five times (5X) longer. The new card is also built with extremely heard-wearing polymerized organic-semiconductor capacitors (POSCAPs) and has an aluminium backplate, further lowering power noise, increasing durability, enhancing overclocking possibilities and improving stability.
The ROG edition of GPU Tweak included with Mars 760 also enables detailed GPU load-line calibration and VRM-frequency tuning, allowing for the most extensive control and tweaking parameters for maximum overclocking potential — all adjusted via an attractive and easy-to-use graphical interface. As well, the GPU Tweak Streaming tool lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time — so others can watch live as games are played. It’s even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.
Mars 760 will be available from worldwide from the end of November 2013, pricing information hasn’t been revealed just yet, but I would expect to pay a significant premium over the standard card.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 SLI
PCI Express 3.0
4096MB GDDR5 memory
1008MHz (1072MHz boosted) core speed
6600MHz (1650MHz GDDR5) memory clock
512-bit memory interface
2560 x 1600 maximum DVI resolution
2 x dual-link DVI-I output
1 x dual-link DVI-D output
1 x Mini DisplayPort output
HDMI output (via dongle)
Thank you Asus 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.
Zotac’s GTX 760 Extreme Edition has been given some gold treatment for the Chinese market. The Gold Edition is a coloured variant of Zotac’s original GTX 760 Extreme Edition. Both cards use a 1137MHz core clock, 1202MHz GPU boost clock and 6208MHz memory clock – up from reference 980/1033/6008MHz clock speeds. ]
The card features gold electroplated metal for the shroud, a top mounted VRM heatsink and a back plate which is also gold. An 8+3 phase VRM powers the card through a 6 pin and an 8 pin. The cooling solution includes a vapor-chamber plate, multiple copper heat pipes and a dense aluminium heatsink.
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 760 is turning out to be a bit of a hit with gamers as it is offering a sweet spot of high end performance and high end features for a price that is much better than the previous generation. The GTX 760 is essentially a GTX 670 in terms of performance and when you bring in overclocked versions like this GTX 760 Twin Frozr Gaming Series graphics card from MSI, you get even more performance. Yet the GTX 760 is substantially more affordable than the GTX 670 was – coming in at about $250 USD instead of the $345 USD the GTX 670 went for. Pairing up Nvidia’s most popular GTX 700 series GPU with MSI’s increasingly popular Gaming Series of products and we have with us what will essentially be the best selling MSI Gaming series graphics card – simply because it is the most affordable and best value.
The MSI GTX 760 Twin Frozr Gaming OC Edition comes overclocked out of the box by an additional 40MHz at 1020MHz base clock, up from the 980MHz default clocks. Memory is left at stock 6GHz speeds but we are told by MSI, and have seen from other reviews, that there is a tonne of overclocking potential on the memory MSI equip. The MSI GTX 760 we have here equips MSI’s Twin Frozr cooler which has three 6mm heat pipes, one 8mm heat pipe and a pair of 100mm fans. There is also a tonne of other advanced features like additional VRM cooling, Super Ferrite Chokes and up to 3 way SLI support.
Included with the retail package for this MSI graphics card is:
Gainward’s Phantom series of graphics are famous the industry over for their unique design. While everyone adds their cooling fans to the outside of the cooler, Gainward do it differently and hide them inside the cooling solution. This fresh take on cooling graphics cards gives not only a very unique aesthetic but also a very quiet solution. When we looked at the Gainward GTX 770 Phantom about two months ago it walked away with our top award – the Editor’s Choice award due to its great performance, quiet cooling and sleek aesthetics. Today we will be hoping that Gainward’s GTX 760 Phantom can do the same and with it using the “sweet spot” GPU of the GTX 700 series, the GTX 760, we are hoping for a card that is not only great on the performance, but also friendlier on the wallet than other Nvidia GPUs such as the GTX 770 and GTX 780.
Out of the box the the Phantom GTX 760 from Gainward has a clock speed of 1072MHz base and 1137MHz boost up from Nvidia reference speeds of 980MHz base and 1085MHz boost. The memory is slightly overclocked to 6200MHz, that’s compared to the reference 6008MHz. This means about a 9% overclock on the GPU in addition to a tiny 1% on the memory. That said we can expect Gainward’s implementation of the GTX 760 to be about 10% faster than a reference GTX 760 if the overclock is anything to go by.
Our Gainward GTX 760 Phantom arrived with full retail packaging and the box is very simple and sleek showing an image of the product and the key features.
The back is more lively and interesting with lots of details on the key features of the product, or as some might say this is the “marketing page” of the packaging.
Included with the Gainward GTX 760 Phantom is a manual, driver disc, DVI to HDMI adapter, VGA to DVI adapter and a molex to 6 pin 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.
Galaxy’s Hall of Fame series has so far seen a GTX 780 and GTX 770 and now we have a GTX 760. The GTX 760 Hall of Fame Edition graphics card is essentially a GTX 770 HOF graphics card with the GTX 770 GPU swapped out for a GTX 760 GPU. It has an identical layout and PCB design and the only other difference, bar the obvious GPU change, is that the memory chips used are rated for 6Gbps not 7Gbps.
The Galaxy GTX 760 HOF graphics card features the trademark white PCB, white shroud and white fans we are used to seeing on the HOF series. Surprisingly it draws power through a pair of 8 pins supported by an 8 phase VRM.
The card uses CPL-made chokes, IR DirectFETs and an NEC-Tokin Proadilizer multi-phase capacitor. The Galaxy GTX 760 HOF ships with a factory overclock of 1111MHz core, 1176MHz boost and 6GHz memory up from the reference clocks of 980MHz core, 1033MHz boost and 6GHz memory. Like all normal GTX 760s this card uses 2GB of GDDR5 across a 256 bit interface. Pricing and availability is yet to be revealed. In Europe we expect an identical KFA2-branded model to be made available soon.
MSI’s Hawk series is back with a bang as MSI have just announced the new N760 Hawk Edition graphics card. The GTX 760 Hawk from MSI features the Twin Frozr IV cooling solution which uses an 8mm SuperPipe and MSI’s “PropellerBlade” dual 10cm PWM fans. These fans feature MSI’s dust-removal technology that causes the fans to spin in reverse for 30 seconds at start up to expel dust for the card. The heatsink is a cover all solution that cools the GPU die, VRM and VRAM components.
As with all non-reference MSI graphics cards they have implemented a custom power circuitry solution dubbed “enhanced power design” which allows for greater stable overclocking. Clock speeds come out of the box at 1111MHz core and 1176MHz boost up from stock 980MHz core and 1033MHz boost. Memory is kept at the default 6008MHz.
The MSI N760 Hawk measures in at 264mm/10.4 inches long. The N760 Hawk comes with Military Class 4 components – Tantalum Hi-C Caps, new Super Ferrite Chokes and Dark Solid CAPs. Pricing and availability are TBA but look for these to become available soon at GTX 760 prices plus about 10-20%.
While nowhere the standards of AMD’s Never Settle Reloaded, Nvidia does often try to bundle a game with some of its cards here and there in a bit of a piecemeal fashion. The latest attempt comes with select Nvidia graphics cards and the game Splinter Cell Blacklist. The eligible graphics cards will be the GTX 660, GTX 660Ti, GTX 670, GTX 680, GTX 760, GTX 770 and GTX 780. However, the key thing to note is you must buy from a participating retailer. In the UK our friends at Overclockers UK and Scan Computers are both involved in this promotion so be sure to hit these guys up if you are looking to cash in on the promotion.
The game developer of Splinter Cell Blacklist, Ubisoft, has been working closely with Nvidia during the making of the game so it will be heavily optimised for Nvidia GPUs notably the latest Kepler architecture. This means features like Nvidia HBAO+ and TXAA will run more optimally on Nvidia graphics cards because of the way the game has been designed. Even if you aren’t interested in the game it could be a good incentive to buy as you can easily sell off the game code as a small rebate on the amount you pay for your game. For North American buyers see here for availability details.
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.
With the GTX 760 being the latest cards from Nvidia released at the moment, and offering amazing value for the performance on offer, we thought that it would only be fitting if we took a look at them in SLI, and with the help of two KFA2 GTX 760 EX OC 2GB cards that they sent along to us, we managed to pair things up to see how SLI performance was on these sets of cards.
It’s been quite a long time since we’ve created an article like this, as we tend to focus on a graphics card in its own right, but with such a strong price considering the performance on offer, it would be criminal not to take a look at how two cards perform together. This also allows us to check out the Nvidia drivers and how they perform in terms of scaling.
Off I went to find a SLI bridge, and proceeded to install these two cards into our test bench. As we’ve already covered these cards in single fashion, there isn’t much use covering old ground and instead we can get straight into taking a look at our test system and the list of application suites and games that we’ll be using today. After this is covered, we can delve straight into the results side of things and see exactly how the performance is on two KFA2 GTX 760 EX OC graphics cards in 2-way SLI, which will also tell us how Nvidia are developing their drivers, so lets get straight into it and hope for some strong scaling across two cards.
Nvidia’s GTX 760 is replacing the GTX 660Ti at that 1080p sweet-spot graphics card price point. It will probably be Nvidia’s most popular graphics card of the GTX 700 series based on its affordability. That said if you are looking for one of the best GTX 760 graphics cards on the market then Gigabyte have just released it. Their GV-N760OC-4GD is a 4GB version of the GTX 760, meaning it has doubled up with memory from the stock version which offers 2GB of GDDR5. Next we have factory overclocked core and GPU boost speeds of 1085MHz and 1150MHz respectively – that is up from Nvidia reference speeds of 980MHz and 1033MHz respectively so Gigabyte have opted for about a 10% overclock. The memory runs at the default 6 Gbps/GHz.
The PCB Gigabyte have opted for is identical to that of the PCB used on the GTX 770 WindForce meaning it is actually capable of supporting a much more demanding GPU. This totally custom PCB using an 8 phase VRM which is fed by a 6pin and an 8 pin PCIe connector. The WindForce 3X cooler used is Gigabyte’s trademark VGA cooler capable of up to 450W of dissipation with two 8mm and two 6mm heat pipes fed into two large aluminium fin arrays and ventilated by three 80mm fans. Expect a USD price point of about $300 for this – that’s $50 up from the reference GTX 760 price. If you are more interested in the AMD competition then you should note that $270-$300 gets you a custom cooled and overclocked HD 7950 these days.
Another week goes by, and Nvidia launch another graphics card, as we’ve seen recently with the GTX 780 and 770. Today however sees the more wallet friendly GTX 760 which is said on the grapevine to be the last Nvidia GPU launch for 2013, but as we know with rumours, it’s just a matter of seeing what the future holds.
When Nvidia launch a card, they sometimes provide reference samples, but for the most part, they rely on their partners to manufacture their own creations and sometimes that may mean us getting a sample with a unique cooling solution or pre-overclocked speeds, or in today’s case from KFA2; we get the benefit of both.
It’s been a while since we’ve worked with KFA2, but after discussing through the launch with them, we find the GTX 760 EX OC landing in our offices, offering us a pre-overclocked GPU and a custom cooler design that we originally saw on the GTX 660 when that launched. Based on the overclock speeds that KFA2 have managed to secure on this card, we hold high hopes that we should see performance very close to that of the GTX 770, but of course there is only way to find that out, and that means throwing the card on our test bench and seeing what it can do.
Of course, we have a few other things to take care of first, consisting of taking a look at the packaging on offer, before delving into the design and aesthetics of the card. Once this is out of the way, we will look at how KFA2 have pushed this card beyond stock figures, before jumping into the performance straight out of the box.
Also, wanting to squeeze the very best performance from the card, we will be overclocking it even further than what KFA2 have, and if previous 700 series GK104 counterparts are anything to go by, we should see some really high numbers here today, so lets get straight into it and see what magic treatment KFA2 have given the GTX 760 graphics card.
The box is typical of what we expect from KFA2 with some extreme branding. We find the main features being highlighted and the model name taking prominence to the right. The EX OC sticker indicates to us that this card is clocked past Nvidia standard speeds. Inside is a dual Molex to 8-pin PCI-Express connector, a dual Molex to 6-pin PCI-Express connector, VGA to DVI adapter, driver installation disc and a brief user guide.
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.
According to a story being run by WCCFTech the GTX 760 will be Nvidia’s last release for 2013. If we believe the image that is provided then basically what it tells us is that the GTX 760 is coming to replace the GTX 660Ti and the GTX 760 will arrive on Tuesday June 25th if all the internet speculation is to be believed. With the GTX 760 then introduced that is all we will see from Nvidia for the rest of 2013. This means the GTX Titan down to the GTX 760 covers the high-end market while the GTX 660 down to the GTX 650 from the last series covers the budget market and Nvidia aren’t even bothering to make rebranded versions of these GTX 600 series cards under the GTX 700 naming. It is also strange to see the GTX 690 not on there but I guess the GTX Titan has become its official replacement as the GTX 680 has been phased out and we are seeing no dual-GPU GTX 700 series graphics card.
Why has Nvidia been able to do this? – you may wonder. Well it is quite simple really, with AMD not expected to release HD 8000 until the end of the year Nvidia has no need to bother with making any new graphics cards because it can still dominate the market on performance terms until we get AMD’s response. AMD’s response is going to be crucial here because even if they cut prices on their entire current product stack, they will still need something to compete at the top end- that is with the GTX 780/Titan. The AMD HD 7970 GHz Edition just about holds its ground with the GTX 770 which is essentially an overclocked GTX 680. With Nvidia drawing first blood we now have to sit by and wait for AMD to make a counter-attack.
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.