Over the past few months, the graphics giant NVIDIA is working on updating its line of discrete graphics cards. After the announcement of top-end GeForce GTX TITAN and GeForce GTX 780, NVIDIA has introduced productive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770. According to the manufacturer, now it is the perfect time for the modernization of the middle-price segment, and here we are specifically talking about NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760. This care is available for 250 USD but what exactly NVIDIA fan gets through it. Below we have mentioned a complete review regarding NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 graphics card that will guide you through its specs, features, pros, cons and performance.
According to the previous announcement of NVIDIA, it is clear that NVIDIA wants to use kepler architecture in most of its upcoming graphics card. The company’s resources are not limitless, and in serious node, company still needs innovative solutions yet. If we talk about NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, it is based on the GK104 GPU, which may not be surprising.
The same GK104 GPU is also presents in different variations including GeForce GTX 680, GTX 670, GTX 660 Ti, and even the recently introduced GTX 770. Undoubtedly, more affordable solutions for chip will be somewhat simplified. Let’s see what went under the knife. In the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, GK104 GPU is configured in a way that it has disabled two of the SMX eight modules. This means that the amount of computational processors in comparison with a complete set of maximum reduced to 384 – 1536 to 1152. The number of texture units (TMU) is 96. After all, in versions for the GTX 670/660 Ti chip contains 7 SMX-modules, respectively, 1344 calculator.
If you compare the technical specs to those of the GTX 660 Ti, then, first of all, we note that the number of ROP units increased from 24 to 32 (the same number in GTX 670/GTX 680). However, the most important difference, perhaps, is the bit memory bus. If the GTX 660 Ti uses a 192-bit bus, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 has received a 256-bit line. At the same clock speed (6008 MHz) GDDR5 memory bandwidth in this case differs by about a third – 192 GB / s against 144 GB / s.
Another effective method to increase productivity is to increase the operating clock frequency of the GPU. The base value in this case is 980 MHz, while the average value after the dynamic speed of 1033 MHz. Like other members of the line GeForce GTX 700 supports the new advanced technology GPU Boost 2.0, which allows efficient use of the potential GPU.
For the reference GeForce GTX 760 graphics card developer uses a design previously used for adapters GTX 670/GTX 660 Ti / GTX 660, with a compact 17-centimeter PCB and quite simple cooling system, equipped with a centrifugal fan. Neat, though nondescript bar with a black plastic casing that does not takes more than two expansion slots and thanks to compact dimensions (length – 240 mm) to fit virtually in almost every possible machine.
The upper lid of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 is tightly covering the circuit board, so that most of the heated air will be evacuated outside the system unit through the ventilation grille on the interface panel. Traditionally, Securing bar has four video outputs – two DVI, as well as full-length HDMI and DisplayPort.
Declared power of GeForce GTX 760 is 170 watts. As for the connection of additional power, adapter reference sample contains two six-pin connectors and the recommended power used in the system power supply is 500 watts.
Below we have mentioned complete test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, the recommended frequency – 980/1033 MHz, 6008 MHz.
The effectiveness of the reference cooling system is moderate in NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760. In idle mode the default cooler cools the GPU up to 30-33 C, the fan speed are at 1100 rev / min. Under load, the graphics chip temperature rises to 80-82 degrees. To ensure such performance, the fan rotates at about 2100 rotations / min. The noise in this case is average.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 has a very aggressive algorithm of the dynamic mechanism. At the base of GPU 980 MHz frequency is increased from the base up to 1150 MHz, and in this mode, the chip works for quite some time. In the intensive synthetic benchmarks GPU Boost 2.0 increases the frequency of the processor to the 1090-1110 MHz band.
If we talk about additional acceleration, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 definitely has a certain margin, but it is not so great. In this case, the parameter of Power Limit can be increased by 15%, and the boundary temperature level allows the manufacturer to increase up to 95 ° C. The voltage on GPU ranges to 12 mV. Using the arsenal of tools available, we have no consequences for the stability to raise the base clock frequency to 1091 MHz (+11%).
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760, based on the reference design, and equipped with 2 GB of memory is rated by the manufacturer at $ 249. Models with 4 GB of memory is likely to cost in the $ 20-30 more expensive, as well as modifications to the original cooling systems and increased clock speeds. Frankly, the announced price of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 is frankly attractive.
Comparing capabilities of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 with those for older models of the new line, we note that they are separated by 15-25%. After the dissolution of the new product can, in some cases, compensate for this gap, but it is still the exception. NVIDIA managed to separate the device on different niches and modifications will not be forced to compete with video cards, nominally occupying a higher level. Of course, it is good in the first place for the manufacturer.
There is very interesting confrontation between the GeForce GTX 660 Ti and GeForce GTX 760. As we can see, in most cases, increased memory bandwidth, the number of ROP units, as well as the increased clock speed can more than offset the reduction in the computational units and TMU modules TMU. In normal modes NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 is ahead of its predecessor by about 5-15%. Competitor from AMD is formally Radeon HD 7950, which is available at retail for as low as $ 320.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 logically fits into the new line of graphics cards. It is ready to fully replace the GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Even though some more speed in the normal mode, the adapter is cheaper than its predecessor. A very attractive price / performance ratio will certainly appeal to those who prefer NVIDIA graphics cards with chips and plans to soon increase the gaming power of your system.