NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card Review

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GeForce GTX 760 – GK104 For $249

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Over the past month NVIDIA has managed to keep us extremely busy with the launch of the new GeForce GTX 700 series of video cards.  NVIDIA already released the high-end GeForce GTX 780 and GeForce GTX 770 cards and today they continue the refresh of their product stack with the introduction of the GeForce GTX 760.

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We have been told that this is the final desktop GeForce GTX graphics card that will be released for a number of months, so let’s take a look at the new NVIDIA graphics card lineup.

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As you can see the GeForce GTX 680 and GeForce GTX 670 have booth been dropped from the lineup and have been replaced by the GeForce GTX 780 and GeForce GTX 770. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 video card that is coming out today replacing  the GeForce GTX 660 Ti in the lineup. Pricing for the GeForce GTX 760 begins at $249.99 and this will be a hard launch, so you should be able to go out and by partner cards right now. GeForce GTX 760 cards will be offered by ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. NVIDIA board partners will be offering a wide variety of GeForce GTX 760 configurations, including boards with custom cooling, factory overclocks and some with 4GB of memory instead of 2GB (extra ~$49).

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 reference card features six streaming multiprocessors, 1,152 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. The TDP on the card is 170 Watts and a 500 Watt power supply is recommended.  The memory bandwidth on the GeForce GTX 660 Ti is ~144 GB/s and ~192 GB/s on the GeForce GTX 670/680. The GeForce GTX 760 shares that same memory solution that was found on GeForce GTX 670/680 cards, so it has 192.26 Gb/s of memory bandwidth.  Both 2GB and 4GB versions of the GeForce GTX 760 are in the works, with the 4GB cards costing about $49 more.

  GTX 660 GTX 660 Ti GTX 760
Stream Processors 960 1344 1152
Texture Units 80 112 96
ROPs 24 24 32
Core Clock 980MHz 915MHz 980MHz
Boost Clock 1033MHz 980MHz 1033MHz
Memory Clock 6008MMHz GDDR5 6008MHz GDDR5 6008MHz GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 144.2 GB/s 144.2-bit

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VRAM 2GB 2GB 2GB/4GB
Texture Filtering Rate
78.4 GT/s 102.5 GT/s 94.1 GT/s
TDP 140W 150W 170W
GPU GK106 GK104 GK104-225
Transistor Count 2.54B 3.54B 3.54B
Manufacturing Process TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
Current Suggested Price
$189.99 $279.99 $249

At the end of the day you basically have a card running the GK104 with one of the Graphics Processing Clusters (GPCs) disabled (fewer stream processors), but you get the full GDDR5 memory and raster operations setup that is found on the GeForce GTX670/GTX680. Not bad considering yesterday a GeForce GTX 660 Ti would run you $280 and the GeForce GTX 760 comes in $30 less expensive at just $250.

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NVIDIA is hoping that the GeForce GTX 760 will get some people with older cards to update as it offers a 300% performance boost over the Geforce GTX 275 that came out in 2009 and is roughly twice as fast as the GeForce GTX 560 from 2011.

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 NVIDIA also says that the GeForce GTX 760 will be able to beat the AMD Radeon HD 7950!  Let’s take a closer look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB reference card and get to testing.

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