EVGA Announces Pro SLI Bridges V2

EVGA announced today that it was launching a line of SLI bridges that will help to bring a bit of style and class to your SLI setup. The new bridges are for two, three, and four way SLI with a back-lit white EVGA logo on black and it is shrouded with aluminum.

The standard ribbon and bare PCB bridges that are normally supplied by board makers often leave those with windowed cases wanting something more elegant. Nvidia came to market with some earlier nice black and aluminum bridges within the last year and they did great, so obviously EVGA is wanting to get in on that market and came up with their own design. No word currently on pricing and the release date is “coming soon”, but you can bookmark the webpage to keep watch for the release.

Next Generation Features:

  • Separate models to support 2-Way (Short), 2-Way (Standard), 3-Way SLI or 4-Way SLI.
  • High pixel clock design optimized for 4K+ and 120Hz+ gaming.
  • EVGA logo illuminates on select GeForce GTX graphics cards.
  • Compatible with all SLI enabled graphics cards.
  • Looks super awesome!

Compatibility:

SLI functionality works on all SLI enabled graphics cards. LED functionality works on the following cards:

  • All EVGA GTX TITAN graphics cards.
  • All EVGA GTX 980 graphics cards.
  • Select EVGA GTX 970 graphics cards.
  • All EVGA GTX 960 graphics cards.
  • All EVGA GTX 780/780 Ti graphics cards.
  • Select EVGA GTX 770 graphics cards.

Battlefield 4 Graphics Performance Overview With Current Generation GPUs

Introduction


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!

4K Gaming Showdown – AMD R9 290X & R9 280X Vs Nvidia GTX Titan & GTX 780

Introduction


***Please see our latest 4K Gaming article here which adds GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780 Ti SLI and R9 290X CFX to the mix***

With GPUs getting more and more powerful and 4K monitors becoming available for consumer purchase we thought we’d use AMD’s R9 290X launch as a spring-board to look at the 4K Gaming performance of AMD and Nvidia’s top 2 single GPU graphics cards. Of course since writing this article Nvidia have revealed their intentions to release a GTX 780 Ti graphics card which is worth considering when looking at these benchmarks. AMD are also expected to reveal an R9 290 graphics card at some stage this year too. So this is by no means a comprehensive or complete look at 4K performance on high end AMD and Nvidia GPUs, but we think it is an interesting place to start.

Firstly let’s recap the graphics cards we’re using, all four are pictured above and they are:

  • AMD R9 290X – read our review here.
  • Nvidia GTX Titan – read our review here.
  • Nvidia GTX 780 – read our review here.
  • Sapphire Vapor-X OC AMD R9 280X –  read our review here.

Next we’ve managed to get a hold of a 4K monitor for this testing as AMD were kind enough to provide us with the Sharp PN-K321 4K monitor.

The Sharp PN-K321 uses a 32 inch IGZO panel providing a resolution of 3840 x 2160. Being a first generation 4K panel it uses two 1920 x 2160 displays stitched together with an advanced display controller chip. The 4K monitor is able to stream 4K at up to 60Hz which is best done through DisplayPort.

We’ve used the usual selection of games that we’d normally do in our graphics card reviews so we’ve got a selection of 7 games and one synthetic benchmark to show you: Alien vs Predator, Bioshock Infinite, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Unigine Heaven 4, Tomb Raider, Dirt Showdown and Metro Last Light. Without any further ado let’s see exactly how these AMD and Nvidia GPUs got on at some 4K gaming.

Nvidia Releases GeForce 327.23 WHQL Drivers

Nvidia recently released the 327.23 WHQL-certified drivers bringing a variety of bug fixes, performance improvements and compatibility fixes.  Over the previous driver release, 326.80, there are only a few changes including a variety of bug fixes with PhysX device selection.

Compared to 320.49 WHQL Nvidia claims the following performance increases:

  • 15% more performance in Dirt Showdown with a GTX 770
  • 19% more performance in Dirt Showdown with GTX 770 SLI
  • 11% more performance in F1 2012 with a GTX 770
  • 6% more performance in Tomb Raider with a GTX 770

There are a bunch more fixes and driver issues that are tweaked of which you can see the full details here.

For Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 64bit you can download the drivers here.

For all other operating system variations you can get the latest drivers here.

Image courtesy of Nvidia

Palit Announces GTX 770 OC Graphics Card

Palit Microsystems, the world’s largest graphics card vendor, just recently announced its GTX 770 Overclocked graphics cards. The graphics card uses Nvidia’s GTX 770 GPU but overclocked to 1085MHz on the core, up from 1046MHz stock, and 1137MHz boost, up from 1085MHz stock. The memory frequency, like with most OC graphics cards these days, remains at the stock speed of 7GHz effective. Palit claim you should expect to see around 7% more performance than you would on a stock GTX 770. Palit claim to be using copper based chockes and DrMOS for enhanced stability and further overclocking potential. Palit have equipped a dual slot cooler that uses three 80mm fans designed to operate at a low RPM. The cooler uses a 6 phase core VRM for the GPU and 2 phase memory VRM. Pricing should be competitive with all other overclocked GTX 770s on the market made by big graphics card vendors.

Images courtesy of Palit

MSI GeForce GTX 770 Twin Frozr Gaming OC Edition 2GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


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.

Galaxy Launch GTX 770 GC 4GB Graphics Card

Galaxy have just unveiled their latest high performance Nvidia graphics card. The Galaxy GTX 770 GC 4GB graphics card is identical to the Galaxy GTX 770 GC 2GB graphics card except Galaxy have doubled up on the video RAM for the graphics card. The 4GB version features the same 1163MHz boost clock, up from 1085MHz stock, and a base clock of 1110MHz up from 1046MHz stock.  The additional 2GB of VRAM is going to be particularly crucial for gamers looking to use high resolution displays or multiple high resolution displays with resolutions such as 2560 by 1440 and 5760 by 1080.

The graphics card features Galaxy’s Air Bracket implementation, which is a ventilated PCI bracket at the back to aid with the removal of hot air out the back of the chassis. The card has DVI-I, DVI-D, DisplayPort and HDMI outputs while an adapter for a VGA display is included if you’re using an ancient enough display. The Galaxy GTX 770 GC 4GB card supports Direct X 11.1, GPU Boost 2.0, TXAA and a maximum of four concurrent displays. The VRM is 5+2 phases, vs the 4+2 phases on the reference design. The Galaxy implementation uses IR DirectFET MOSFETs that reduce EMI and heat output.

Pricing and availability is TBA but will probably be about 10-15% higher than the GTX 770 GC 2GB which costs about $400. In Europe we will probably see this graphics card arrive under the KFA2 branding soon.

Image courtesy of Galaxy

Galaxy Reveal GTX 770 Hall Of Fame Edition Graphics Card

Galaxy has announced its prestigious GTX 770 Hall of Fame Edition graphics cards. This swanky new graphics card from Galaxy features an all white PCB and cooler but it isn’t all form over function. The cooler uses a triple fan design with five nickel plated heat pipes and a long dense aluminium heatsink. Additionally Galaxy have fitted a ventilated PCI slot cover for the second PCI bracket to allow for extra airflow.

The PCB is custom and features a digital PWM controller, 8 + 2 phases, POSCAPs, MLCC capacitors, IR DirectFET MOSFETs, shielded inductors and voltage read points. Galaxy have also cherry picked and speed binned the GTX 770 GPUs used on these GTX 770 HOF cards to ensure the best performance possible.

The GTX 770 HOF uses clock speeds of 1202 MHz/1254 MHz base/boost up from stock clocks of 1046/1085 MHz. It features 2GB of GDDR5 over a 256 bit interface and this is at the stock 7GHz effective speed. The GTX 770 HOF from Galaxy will cost $449.99 MSRP.

Product Page.

Images courtesy of Galaxy

KFA2 Reveal GeForce GTX 770 LTD OC

KFA2 are Galaxy’s European sub-brand so their cards are very often identical to Galaxy equivalents except with some funky KFA2 stickers. KFA2 have just launched the GTX 770 LTD OC graphics card which is fully white. This is one of KFA2’s unique selling points that they can offer white PCBs and coolers when everyone else is offering only black.

The KFA2 GTX 770 LTD OC uses triple 92mm fans and overclocked speeds of 1202MHz core and 1254MHz GPU boost. It has 2GB of GDDR5 memory and a revised “GK104-425” GPU that is essentially a more optimised version of the GTX 680 GK104 GPU. The memory clock is at the stock 7010MHz. Display outputs include one display port and three mini-HDMI ports. Dual 8 pin PCIe connectors deliver the power for a card with a maximum TDP of 300W.

The KFA2 GTX 770 LTD OC has been listed for €424.90 (including taxes) over at Caseking and £359.99 (including taxes) at Overclockers UK. This makes it about 10-15% more expensive than the cheapest GTX 770s on the market currently.

Images courtesy of KFA2, Via Chiploco

MSI Announce 4GB GTX 770 Gaming Series Graphics Card

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.

Images courtesy of MSI

Splinter Cell Blacklist Free With Selected Nvidia GTX 600 & 700 GPUs

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.

Image courtesy of Ubisoft

Zotac’s GTX 770 Extreme Edition Detailed

Zotac’s Extreme Edition graphics cards are always highly sought after in the industry thanks to their bolstered cooling solutions and highly tuned VRM/power componentry. Zotac has recently launched its latest Extreme Edition card, the GTX 770 Extreme Edition, and Expreview have been lucky enough to review it.

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.

Images courtesy of Expreview.

GTX 760 Could Be The Last GTX 700 Graphics Card For 2013

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.

Image courtesy of WCCFTech

Gigabyte Reveal 4GB GTX 770 3X OC WindForce Graphics Card

GTX 770’s have been out for quite some time now and if you haven’t checked out our review of the GTX 770 then we encourage you to do so here. Furthermore we also took a look at Gigabyte’s WindForce cooled OC GTX 770 graphics card here, though that was the 2GB variant. Today Gigabyte have revealed the 4GB version of the same graphics card. This graphics card is going to be filling the gap between the GTX 770 and GTX 780 in terms of offering slightly less GPU horsepower but offering more capability in terms of multi-monitor systems.

The GTX 770 WindForce 3X OC 4GB graphics card is based on a totally custom designed PCB by Gigabyte. It features clocks of 1137/1189/7010MHz of core clock, boost clock and memory clock respectively. This is up from the 1046/1085/7010 provided by the reference Nvidia configuration. The provided cooler is capable of up to 450W of TDP meaning it is suitable for further overclocking should you so desire, it features three 80mm fans and six copper heat pipes. There is 4GB of GDDR5 across a 256 bit interface and this produces 224 GB/s of memory bandwidth. There are sixteen 2Gbit memory chips to make the 4GB of GDDR5, this means they have to be placed on the rear of the PCB too but they feature no backplate or cooling.

Gigabyte is expected to price this card in the region of $500 USD.

Image courtesy of Gigabyte

Computex: EVGA Showcase GTX 770 Classified and ACX Graphics Cards

It is certainly no secret that EVGA’s ACX cooler is now going to be pivotal to every enthusiast graphics card EVGA makes over the next few generations. At Computex EVGA have really been showcasing this cooling solution on the Nvidia GTX 770 showing off two variants, a “standard” GTX 770 ACX and a GTX 770 Classified Edition.

First up we can see the GTX 770 AC and as expected this uses the custom ACX cooler, has Nvidia features like GPU Boost 2.0 and 3 way SLI support. The card will be available in a FTW edition which has 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM and features TBA factory overclocked speeds. This is actually one of only 10 EVGA GTX 770 cards and you can see the rest here.

Up next is the GTX 770 Classified which as far as I can tell uses the same cooling solution as the GTX 780 Classified which we took a look at here.

On the card we find the EVGA classified branding emblazoned in red on the gold coloured metal trim.

Here at the top we can see a bit of the heatsink poking through and you can see just how dense the ACX cooler used on the Classified cards really is. The fin spacing is much smaller than on the non-Classified ACX coolers.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Image(s) courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

Computex: Gigabyte Display GTX 780, 770, Titan And Other WindForce Graphics Cards

Now that we’ve covered the majority of Gigabyte’s notebooks and motherboards its time to have a look at what graphics cards they are showing at Computex 2013. Naturally Gigabyte is really showing off its brand new WindForce cooler and you can see below its doing this on its three best graphics cards. They are the GTX Titan 6GB OC, the GTX 780 3GB OC and the GTX 770 2GB OC.

The GTX Titan in question features an overclock to 928MHz from 837MHz stock, 980MHz boost clock which is up from 876MHz stock and it comes bundled with Gigabyte’s OC Guru II software.

The GTX 780 comes overclocked to 954MHz up from 863MHz with a boost clock of 1006MHz. It also comes with OC Guru II overclocking software and Nvidia GPU Boost 2.0.

Finally the Gigabyte GTX 770 OC 2GB graphics card comes with a core slock of 1137MHz, up from 1046MHz stock, and a boost clock of 1189MHz up from 1085MHz stock.

All three graphics cards use the same flagship Gigabyte Windforce cooler with three fans and a 450W TDP. It is also nice to see Gigabyte going for black PCBs all round and I commend them for that improvement as they have clearly listened to customer feedback as their graphics card PCBs used to be blue.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

Images courtesy of eTeknix at Computex

 

GTX 770 Details Revealed – Higher Clocks And Lower Price Than Expected

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?

Image courtesy of Hermitage Akihabara

MSI’s GTX 770 Lightning Graphics Card Pictured

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!

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Nvidia GTX 770 Performance Revealed

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?

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EVGA Unveils ACX Graphics Card Cooling Solution, Due May 23rd

Nvidia have really stepped up their game recently with the GTX Titan and GTX 690 graphics card coolers, all of which feature high quality (and cost) materials such as magnesium alloys and vapor-chamber plates. If you believe any recent previews and leaks, you will also see that GTX 770 and GTX 780 are expected to use similar coolers to the GTX Titan and GTX 690. Yet these high cost materials make uncompetitive price points and add unnecessary costs which many Nvidia AIB partners feel are unnecessary.

EVGA believes that it can create a better looking, better performing and more cost effective solution with its ACX graphics card cooling solution. ACX is an abbreviation of Active Cooling Xtreme. From what the “Teaser Video” shows we can see it is based off a sleek looking design that features matte black, piano black and gold accents. In addition it uses a pair of probably 90mm, but possibly 80mm, fans that cool a dense aluminium heatsink under the external shroud

EVGA didn’t give any details away so we can’t really tell you much more but they say the ACX is coming May the 23rd. Strangely enough May the 23rd is also when we expect to see the GTX 780 graphics card launched. No doubt this means EVGA will launch Nvidia’s new GTX 780 and GTX 770 graphics cards equipped with the new ACX cooler.

What are your thoughts on the ACX by EVGA?

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Nvidia GTX 770 Graphics Card Cooler Identical to Reference 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 than the 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?

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Nvidia GTX 680 Can Be “Tweaked” To A GTX 770

We have already explained to you in several articles what the “deal” with Nvidia’s next graphics card series is. See here for a surprisingly accurate summary from over 21 days ago. However, to put it simply Nvidia is rebranding the GTX 680 through the GTX 660Ti into the GTX 770 to GTX 760 and then shoving a “cut down” version of the GTX Titan (the so called GTX Titan LE) in the place of the GTX 780. This means that nothing is “new” as such but products have just had bits enabled/disabled and then product naming has been shifted around.

The implications of this is that current-generation GTX 600 series cards will be virtually identical to GTX 700 series cards, and one reddit user claims that he has already been able to flash a GTX 680 into a GTX 770. The BIOS file, which we won’t link you to for safety reasons (but you can find it in the source article), works with reference GTX 680 graphics cards and alters the card in a few ways. Firstly, it cranks up speeds to 1059MHz core, 1125MHz GPU boost and 1752MHz memory. Secondly, it edits the INF File which causes the graphics card to show up as a GTX 770 in the motherboard BIOS and GPU-Z validations.

TechPowerUp (see source article) actually tested this new BIOS file on a few of their GTX 680s and said that it actually doesn’t work on most because the high overclocks make a lot of GTX 680s unstable. However, on the cards that it did work on it did give a 5-7% performance boost and show up as GTX 770 in GPU-Z.

We will probably see a similar thing happen with the GTX 670, GTX 660Ti and lower cards when Nvidia releases the GTX 700 series. TechPowerUp also revealed how some cheap graphics card vendors/resellers often do this with graphics cards in developing markets, taking GeForce 201 cards and selling them as GT 630 graphics cards for twice the money using a similar trick.

Put simply the “GTX 770 mod” overclocks your GTX 680 and changes the name string file to read as a GTX 770. It also voids your warranty and risks bricking your card if it can’t handle it and you can’t revert back properly. My advice is to just do some overclocking and live with the fact you have a GTX 680!

What are your thoughts on this story? Be sure to check the source article for a more detailed “technical” explanation.

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GTX 780 To Sell From 500-600 Euros, GTX 770 for 360 Euros

The GTX 770 Graphics Card

We have already brought you the details of what Nvidia’s new GTX 700 series will look like in terms of the specifications of the higher end models. Nvidia will gradually phase the “new” GTX 780, 770, GTX 760 T and GTX 760i models in, to replace the upper end of the GTX 600 series.

Apparently the GTX 780 will be hitting the European market at a price point of €500-600 which is actually not too bad considering the GTX 680 launched with a price of around €450-500 and that the GTX 780 is a cut down version of the immensely expensive GTX Titan. The price of the GTX 780 will vary between the different graphics card vendors and the type of model but the general consensus is we will see prices about 20% more expensive than the GTX 680 was. It is also worth noting the €500-600 includes sales taxes too, so this is the real consumer price.

In smaller markets it will definitely come in at a higher price though, Europe tends to benefit from massive supply and therefore lower prices. In addition to this the price of the GTX 770 was also revealed to be around €360 for the non-overclocked cards, while more “high-end” models will add a higher premium probably up to €400. The GTX 760 is also rumoured to cost €200 on launch, being priced so close to the GTX 660 we expect to see that card vanish once stocks are depleted.

No other models have had their pricing detailed yet. What are your thoughts on these prices?

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Nvidia GTX 770 Pictured, Uses GTX Titan Cooler

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to keep up with the latest GTX 700 series rumours then be sure to check out Peter’s article on that where he detailed the GTX 780 to GTX 760 Ti. However, if you don’t have time to read that then below is a summary table of the GTX 700 series graphics cards in question, compared to a GTX Titan.

Table Credit: WCCF Tech

Why is the GTX Titan significant? Well because we were inclined to believe, based on our earlier articles, that the GTX 780, 770 and 760Ti would all be based on the GK110 GPU and the GTX Titan PCB and cooling design. Now pictures have emerged of the GTX 770 and we can see all the pieces falling into place.

As you can see the GTX 770 has a striking resemblance to the GTX Titan design. The only thing that sets it apart is the GTX 770 branding on the left hand side.

It will use the same vapour chamber and advanced fan control design as the GTX Titan which tries to find the best balance between thermals and noise. It is also quite likely it will use the same dynamic temperature based “GPU Boost” overclocking system that the GTX Titan also uses.

Other than those images there isn’t really much else we can add at this stage as we simply don’t have any more information to give you. For those of you who missed our previous article, then you can expect the GTX 770 to launch on May the 30th while the GTX 780 is expected on May the 23rd.


What are your thoughts on these pictures?

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Rumour: Nvidia GTX 700 Series Coming This May

We are already pretty certain that AMD’s next generation of graphics cards, the HD 8000 series, won’t arrive properly until October. By properly we mean the recently released HD 8570, and other similar OEM graphics cards, don’t really count because they are just rebrands of HD 7000 series tech. With that said, we are pretty surprised to hear rumours that Nvidia’s GTX 700 series will be coming this May, aka within the next month. They will apparently have the mid range models available by mid-May, the high end models available by the end of May and then everything else ready for an entire showcase at the Computex 2013 event.

According the rumoured report the GTX 700 series will be heavily based on the existing GeForce GTX 600 Kepler silicon with some feature set updates and product realignment. This means the GTX 700 series isn’t actually new at all, if anything the entire series is just a total rebranding exercise. By product realignment we mean the existing products shift down the nomenclature into the next series and only the top end of the market sees new graphics cards. For example the GTX 680 becomes the GTX 770, the GTX 670 becomes the GTX 760Ti and so on.

What’s also interesting is that those GTX Titan LE and GTX Titan Ultra graphics cards we heard about, may actually get absorbed into the GTX 700 product stack. This would mean that the current Kepler GTX 680 series line up would make up the GTX 770 all the way down to the bottom and then the GTX Titan LE may be the GTX 780 with the GTX Titan Ultra being released as part of the GTX 700 series or being dubbed something like GTX Titan II.

In an effort to achieve clarity, I think we may see the following based on these rumours:

GTX 790 = Dual GTX Titan LE

GTX Titan II = GTX Titan Ultra

GTX 780 = GTX Titan LE

GTX 770 = GTX 680

GTX 760Ti = GTX 670

GTX 760 = GTX 660Ti

GTX 750Ti/Boost = GTX 660

GTX 750 = GTX 650 Boost

GT 740 = GTX 650

This also leaves space for the GTX 790 to be based on dual Titan LE, Titan or Titan Ultra/II GPUs – which would make an absolute mammoth graphics card.

What are your thoughts on this rumour? Does it sound realistic or does it seem fake?

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