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NVIDIA GTX 760 Review

ccokeman    -   June 25, 2013
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Conclusion:

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760 is going to for the most part fill a niche between the HD 7950 and HD 7870 and deliver performance that is slightly better than the GTX 660Ti that it is replacing. You wonder what's the upside if the performance of the GTX 760 is similar to the GTX 660Ti? Cost to the consumer is one thing. Current pricing from Newegg has the GTX 660Ti ranging from as low as $259 after rebates to as high as $315 after rebate. The GTX 760 is going to retail for $249 with today's hard launch with stock available at all your popular e-tailers and brick and mortar stores. NVIDIA's partners will have custom versions available and with the trend over the last few launches the pricing for these cards should prove to be attractive.

Second would be the feature set. The GTX 760 is built for gaming at 1920x1080 with the eye candy on. That it does, taking advantage of all the tools in NVIDIA's toolbox including PhysX, GPU Boost 2.0, new fan management algorithms, 3DVision support, Tri-SLI support, TXAA/FXAA anti aliasing, GeForce Experience, and an upcoming feature that takes advantage of the built in H.264 encoder called Shadowplay so that gamers can record their gaming without the software penalties. Essentially you get the same or better performance for a lower cost with more features!

Performance wise the GTX 760 did deliver performance above that of the HD 7950 in most games at 1920x1080. Overclocking helps improve the situation for the most part. Cooling performance was one area I feel that NVIDIA dropped the ball on. While staying within the margins recommended, the GTX 760 was the warmest card in the comparison suite under load at both stock and overclocked. At stock speeds I would expect this with the new adaptive fan control algorithms that minimize fan ramping to provide a more pleasant noise signature. In this regard it has succeeded as the fan is inaudible from two feet away from my head. Spinning the fan up full bore gives you some noise but is still quite quiet, most likely contributing to the higher temperatures.

Outside this one point the GTX 760 is an excellent step up for someone currently attached to a GTX 560. This upgrade should net an almost 140% boost in performance when you turn up the settings in games to take advantage of NVIDIA's feature set in all the latest games. Priced aggressively, the GTX 760 is a great addition to the product stack and will benefit those looking for an upgrade from earlier hardware.

 

Pros:

  • Performance
  • Overclocking
  • Low Noise
  • PhysX
  • ShadowPlay
  • GeForce Experience

 

Cons:

  • Cooling


 

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