Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card Review – 2GB or 4GB of VRAM

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 4GB

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB is one of the most sold graphics cards today. It has proven to be a great card for those with a 1080p gaming setup as it is relatively affordable and can often be found for around $250. In recent months companies like Gigabyte have begun offering 4GB models of this popular card for an extra $40-50 over the price of the base model with 2GB of memory.  Gigabyte currently has the Gigabyte GTX 760 GDDR5-2GB for $259.99 and the Gigabyte GTX760 GDDR5-4GB for $299.99, so they are charging $40 or 15% more to have double the frame buffer. Many gamers are wondering how much memory they need, so when we got the chance to look at the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 4GB we couldn’t pass it up.  We would finally be able to see if the extra frame buffer was just a marketing gimmick or something useful that was worth the extra money.

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The Gigabyte GTX760OC-4GD  is a factory overclocked card, which means that it runs with a base clock of 1085MHz, a boost clock of 1150MHz and the 4GB of memory operates at 1502MHz or 6008MHz effective.  The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB reference card runs at 980MHz base, 1033MHz boost and 1502MHz on the memory.  This means that Gigabyte has a 10.7% overclock on the base clock, so right off the bat you’ll be getting a nice performance boost versus other models that are running reference card speeds.

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The Gigabyte GTX 760 4GB is a pretty long dual-slot card, so make sure you measure your case to ensure that it fits inside okay. The cards black PCB is 10-inches in length, but the fan shroud hangs over the end of the card bringing the total length of the card to 11-inches. The three eleven blade fans have an actual blade diameter measurement of 75mm.

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The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 OC WindForce 3X 4GB GDDR5 graphics card has a total of four display connectors.  You have dual-link DVI-I, dual-link DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. All of the video outputs are standard size, so no adapters are needed.  The only downside to using full size connectors is that the exhaust fan outlet is small, but due to the WindForce 3X GPU Cooler design most of the air is blown back into the chassis.

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Here is a closer look at the end of the video card to show how the fan shroud is pretty much open all the way around the card. The fans push air down into the two large aluminum heatsinks and then the air pretty much goes out in every direction once it hits the PCB.

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There are a total of six copper heatpipes on this card with three going to each aluminum cooling fin array. You can see the gap in the arrays underneath the middle cooling fan in the image above.

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The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 4GB graphics card supports triple-SLI, so Gigabyte supports it as well and the card has a pair of SLI connectors along the top of the PCB for multi-GPU systems. Gigabyte ships the card with blue colored dust protectors on all the video outputs, PCIe slot and the SLI connectors (we removed them for the pictures).

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Gigabyte is using 2Gb SKhynix GDDR5 SGRAM memory ICs with part number H5GQ2H24AFR-R0C. Each chip has a storage capacity of 256MB and they are speed rated for 6Gbps operation at 1.5V. 

Now that we know the basics about this card, let’s take a look at the test system and then compare a GeForce GTX 760 2GB versus a GeForce GTX 760 4GB with the base clock and memory clock speeds set identically. 

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  • Ryan

    What about something like modded Skyrim

  • mark

    I have a biostar x79 and this card 4gb and I set the bios to gen 3 and it only shows as gen 2 on the pre bios screen and in windows, can anyone help please

  • Mathew Andresen

    Very nice article, ty. Glad I’m going with the 2gb

  • Domas

    Firstly very nice review, thanks for your job :) I’m just wondering how much does the heating influences gaming performance. The Gigabyte card was really ahead in these parameters, so maybe it’s worth to pay these 40$ just to be safe not to get high temp? Also is there any kind of cap in temperature regarding video cards? What is dangerous and what is just simply ‘an ok’ temperature?

    • mowa

      when you want to max out your performance, you have to try to avoid heat in any way. I have a laptop right now that only has one fan and sometimes overheats and shuts down. This happens when CPU and/or GPU reach over 90-100° celcius. However on a desktop PC this should not happen because they have much better air flow and cooling.
      Just try to avoid heat in any way because it will slow down your sytem

  • bengg

    this 3 fan formation is quite something…i would add another at the back…checkout my 3 fan video card mod – http://www.benshardwareblog.com/pc-hardware/hd3850-triple-fan-solution

  • Liam

    is it worth getting a 4gb sli?

  • Liam

    Does anyone know how many watts the 4gb oc edition uses?

  • Praisejeebis

    Just recently bought a graphics card and after days a research and then looking at this article i seem to be missing something. Are some of these tests to help us decide between 2g and 4g run with a reference card vs an overclocked gigabyte card? shouldn’t they both be gigabytes

    • Liam

      It depends on what games you play to how well the card works

    • Anthony Lim

      I have the 4 GB OC edition and I was wondering if I have the right PSU, it is thermaltake smart M series 750w?

  • CatiePotatie

    Interesting to see that one game has a strong difference at 4k while the other doesn’t.. I have 3x 660ti 2GB graphics cards and mostly play at 6000×1080 (BC), sometimes 8000×1440 if it can handle it but I think the 2GB is holding me back a bit there. If I could have found some more conclusive tests when I was researching this I might have opted to wait a bit and go for something a little beefier.

  • DWillyEfect

    What about in SLI? Would the extra memory matter then?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Nope, because the memory is dedicated to each card. This means that you don’t gain any additional frame buffer by running say two 2GB cards as you are still stuck with 2GB of memory.

      • Wilbur

        I presume DWillyEfect mean the extra memory which 4GB cards in SLI would provide. (As it is a 4GB card that is reviewed here). Then you would suddenly have roughly the same horsepower as a GTX 690 or a 680 SLI setup, but without the shortcomings of those card´s small memory capacity. It seems to me that the only application for a 4GB card like this, is in a SLI setup running monster resolutions.

        • Nathan Kirsch

          duh, yeah that would be interesting and might work out well. If only I had two 4GB GTX 760′s or GTX 770′s to try that out on.

  • basroil

    Any chance we’ll see one of these for the 770? It’s got enough kick that perhaps there’s enough difference on BF4 to matter.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Possibly if this article does well we can take a look at a 2GB versus 4GB version of the GTX 770. Gigabyte charges $55 more to double up the memory on their GeForce GTX 770 OC WindForce 3X, so it hopefully does a little better for such a significant price hike. It’s the same memory that is on this card, so there is no reason it should cost more to double up the memory on the GTX 770 versus the GTX 760.

      • basroil

        Yea, been looking at those and they are all close to $400 even without overclocking. Guess you can’t fight markups when there’s a monopoly on a card.