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

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Power Consumption

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For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we ran three games at 1920×1080 and averaged the peak results seen on the power meter.

power-consumption

Power Consumption Results: We wanted to know if the Gigabyte GeForce GTX WindForce 3X OC 4GB video card would use more power, so we left both cards at their stock settings and found that it consumed basically the same at idle and just about 10 Watts more when gaming.  Not bad for being overclocked with twice as many GDDR5 memory chips!

Sound Testing

We recently upgraded our sound meter to an Extech sound level meter with ±1.5dB accuracy that meets Type 2 standards. This meter ranges from 35dB to 90dB on the low measurement range, which is perfect for us as our test room usually averages around 36dB. We measure the sound level two inches above the corner of the motherboard with ‘A’ frequency weighting. The microphone wind cover is used to make sure no wind is blowing across the microphone, which would seriously throw off the data.

noise-testing

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 OC 4GB is significantly quieter than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB reference card thanks to the WindForce 3X GPU cooler.  The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 OC 4GB card never got over 64C whereas the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 reference card would run at 82C when gaming. That makes the Gigabyte card 18C cooler and 8.2dB quieter when gaming!  That is a night and day difference. Both cards would idle between 26-27C.

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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.