NVIDIA finally introduced their GeForce GTX 700 lineup of graphics cards that are sure to make real gamers out their giddy to upgrade their rig. The GeForce GTX 760, GeForce GTX 770, and GeForce GTX780 are cards that are born to perform to give you that pure gaming experience.
GeForce GTX 780
For the cream of the crop, there’s the GeForce GTX 780 which is a follow-up to last year’s GeForce GTX 680 and is this year’s high-tier product. It can be viewed as the mini GeForce GTX TITAN having been produced in the same GK110 GPU. It may have a lower clockspeed than the its brothers but its 2,304 shaders and 3GB/384-bit memory config makes up for it in a big, big way.
Here’s a chart showing how the GeForce GTX 780 scores against the GeForce GTX 680 and the competitor’s HD 7970 when running popular games and benchmark tools at Full HD and high settings on a Core i7 machine:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Performance
GeForce GTX 770
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 is the first graphics card to have a 7GBPs memory speed which is 1GBPs more than current graphics card leaders in the market.
In benchmark tests, the GeForce GTX 770 and its high GPU and memory clockspeed can give you up to 10% performance boost compared to the GeForce GTX 680 which is the current graphics king.
GeForce GTX 760
Aiming to be the next king of the mid-range GPU cards, NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GTX 760. This will effectively replace the GeForce GTX 660 Ti which simply tells us how impressive this thing will be considering it’s not a “Ti” model.
The GeForce GTX 760 is based on the GK104-225 GPU with 1152 CUDA cores clocking at a 980MHz which can go up to 1033MHz with NVIDIA’s GPU Boost 2.0. It is equipped with 2GB or a 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 memory with a memory bandwidth of 192 GB/s.
Based on preliminary test against the competition’s Radeon HD 7950 and Radeon HD 7950 Boost graphics card, the GeForce GTX 760 showed an 8 – 13% performance edge when tested in 12 A-list games in 1080p resolution.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Performance
The chart above shows that that GeForce GTX 760 outperforms the competition at base clock speed even though they have a larger 3GB memory.
NVIDIA also claims that the GeForce GTX 760 gives 15% better performance than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti which is currently the bang-for-the-buck Kepler card out there and the main rival of the Radeon 7950. With the introduction of the GeForce GTX 760, NVIDIA is back again at the top of the mid-range heap.
Ready for next-gen gaming
These new NVIDIA cards are ready for next generation gaming with support for NVIDIA technology such as ShadowPlay, which allows you to record the last 20 minutes of gameplay without affecting game performance using the Kepler H.264 recorder.
As usual, it supports PhysX which gives the game that realistic feel by simulating physics through complex calculations done by the GPU. TXAA gives the game that post processing to make the visuals smooth and lifelike.
Check out this Metro: Last Light Tech video to further understand what PhysX and TXAA does for your game:
GPU Boost 2.0 is also being utilized by these GeForce GTX 700 series cards. With GPU Boost 2.0, your card will overclock automatically depending on your game’s needs while staying in the safe zone of your gaming rig so you don’t have to worry about damaging your system when you manually overclock. At the same time, it will also underclock your GPU when the need is not there to save on power consumption.
With an adaptive temperature controller, the GeForce GTX 700 series cards are 15% more silent than previous generation allowing for whisper-quiet operation. Aside from the silent operation, the controller minimizes fan speed fluctuations for a more stable performance.
The GeForce Experience
To complete your ultimate gaming experience, NVIDIA released their GeForce Experience, an application lets you maximize your GeForce card by automatically tweaking in-game settings based on your system configuration with the game you are playing in a single click.
You can also check and compare how each setting will make your game look on the fly if you still plan to tweak the game manually within the application. This will give you a better visual and understanding on how each setting affects the game.
With GeForce Experience, you can also make sure that you have the latest driver for your card at all times. And you know the effects of having the latest driver for your gaming card right? For example, the GeForce R320 drivers will give you significant performance gains on games, and it also improves on frame rate variation.
Here’s a video that should give you a better idea of the features and capabilities found on the GeForce GTX 700 series like GeForce Experience, GPU Boost 2.0, PhysX and more.
With that, you may be missing a lot of detail and excitement from your game without running GeForce Experience first.
It will be interesting to see how the market shapes up, particularly in the mid-range, once the GeForce GTX 760 starts to ship. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti won’t easily go away but if you’re starting over again with your GPU, the GeForce GTX 760 makes for a really good choice if you’re into heavy gaming. Meanwhile, the GeForce GTX 770 will also be a beast in its class while the GeForce GTX 780 will be the ultimate choice if the GeForce GTX TITAN is out of your wallet’s reach. No matter which card you choose, these new GeForce GTX 700 series cards are born to perform.