MSI GeForce GTX 760 Gaming OC 2GB Video Card Review in SLI and 2D SurroundTue, Jun 25, 2013 - 8:15 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The MSI GeForce GTX 760 Gaming OC Edition 2GB video card is a well designed card that improved upon the weak points of the NVIDIA reference card. The factory overclock helps the card perform better and Twin Frozr IV GPU cooler ensures that the card runs quiet and cool. At just $259.99 it easy to justify spending an extra $10 to purchase this video card versus one based off the reference design.
When it comes 2-way SLI performance the pair of MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC video cards performed really well. When it comes to multi-gpu performance NVIDIA SLI is the way to go and the scaling was excellent. We often saw the GeForce GTX 760 SLI setup performing better than a GeForce GTX Titan 6GB video card at 1920×1080 and 2560×1600. That is very impressive as the MSI GTX760 SLI setup runs $520 versus $999 for the Titan. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB card easily won at 5760×1080 and beyond as it had the frame buffer and horsepower to keep things running smoothly.
Overclocking performance on the MSI GeForce GTX 760 Gaming OC 2GB video card was easy to do as the GK104 GPU has plenty of overclocking headroom and the Twin Frozr IV keeps the temperatures under control. When it comes to overclocking we were able to get the base clock up to 1185MHz with the boost at 1250MHz. In game titles we saw the card hitting 1320MHz thanks to GPU Boost and that gives you a measurable performance boost when gaming.
The only concern that we have with the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC video card was found when running in SLI. We noticed that one GPU was running 20C hotter at load than the other. We have an open slot between the cards on the motherboard, but we also test on an open test bench. Just for fun we placed the cards into a PC case and similar temperatures were observed. Since the MSI TwinFrozer IV GPU cooler doesn’t exhaust all the hot air from the case the inside card will suck in that hot air off the back of the card next to it and run hotter. Even with a 20C temperature difference we didn’t notice any major performance issues, but the system was louder and that is a negative.
If you are looking for a GeForce GTX 760 2G video card the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC for $259 deserves a closer look. When run as a single card we were totally impressed with it and the performance, noise and power consumption were all great. It tore up the game titles we threw at it on a resolution of 1920×2560 and the overclock helped at 2560×1600. Besides the raw performance numbers we also liked the fact that this card supports NVIDIA GPU BOOST 2.0, NVIDIA SLI, NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround, and NVIDIA PhysX and TXAA for a great overall gaming experience.
Legit Bottom Line: The MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC video card performed great and should be on your short list of $250 video cards to buy.