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The GTX 760 by nVidia (Preview)

GTX 760 preview

The GTX 760 by nVidia has been officially announced! I've never heard so much buzz about a graphics card in my years being in the computing industry. Of course since we've gotten huge performance leaps from the GTX 680 and 670 to the GTX 780 and 770, consumers are of course expecting the GTX 760 to be a godsend, and of course the pressure is going to be absolutely mind crushingly overbearing when it comes to the GTX 760ti. So, before we begin I'd like to state that this is a preview, not a review, this is an overview of what's to come.

An Intro:

The GTX 760 is supposed to represent the epitome of price per dollar in the graphics card market. Most PC gamers and high end graphics card users don't have loads of money to spend solely on one component of a computer. The x60 series of graphics cards has always been a safe haven in terms of performance/dollar and you'll definitely see why in today's preview. The specs from nVidia have been released and you shall receive them!


Comparisons and specifications

Model GeForce GTX Titan GeForce GTX 780 GeForce GTX 770 GeForce GTX 760 
Core GK110-400 GK110-300 GK104-425 GK104-225
Transistors 7.1 B 7.1 B 3.5 B 3.5 B
Die Size 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
Stream Processors 2668 2304 1536 1152
Core Clock 837 MHz 863 MHz 1146 MHz 980 MHz
Boost Clock 876 MHz 902 MHz 1085 MHz 1033 MHz
Memory Clock 1502 MHz 1502 MHz 1753 MHz 1502 MHz
Memory Size 6 GB 3 GB 2 GB/4GB 2 GB
Memory Interface 384-bit GDDR5 384-bit GDDR5 256-bit GDDR5 256-bit GDDR5
MAX TDP 250W 250W 230W 170W
ROPs 48 48 32 32
TMUs 224 192 128 96
Bandwidth 288.4 288.4 224.4 192.4
Price $1000 $649 $399 $249-$299

Okay, right off the bat you notice that the GTX 760 uses a similar version of the GK graphics processor. This is great! Now you'll be able to overclock and get super close to the 770 instead of just being stuck in 760 land all day.

Not only that but the same amount of transistors will help to boot. The only thing the 760 is really lacking in is bandwidth and memory clock. However, the price reflects these shortcomings appropriately. What's surprising to me is that this graphics card is extremely power efficient, only drawing 170W compared to the GTX 770 consuming 230W. Graphics cards these days are being tested many ways and until this card is officially released we won't have a full array of how this card will perform.

A picture of the GTX 760 reference by nVidia
The reference card doesn't look too exiting in my opinion

Comparisons to AMD

AMD hasn't really put out much media about the release of an 8 series, which is surprising because usually AMD is on top of the releases to compete with nVidia. However, AMD will have to come up with a video card that blows us out of the water. The pricing for this card is very competitive and on paper the GTX 760 out performs some of AMD's higher end cards. However, since we do not have a test card we won't be able to see the performance at different resolutions, which I believe will be where the battle happens.

Since the GTX 760 isn't equipped with much VRAM which means at higher resolutions you will see a dramatic decrease in frames. It's slower memory clock can be overclocked to facilitate frames, but major increases may not be seen. If AMD prices around this price and offers even a little more VRAM they'll be able to steal some customers.

Final Thoughts

So although this is a preview, I believe that on paper specifications will give us a good idea of where nVidia and AMD stand within each other. All-in-all, unless the architecture helps the GPU perform in graphics intensive tasks, then the 760 will fit in with the rest of the x60 series, as a gap closer between the lower performing GT cards and the higher up GTX cards. Targeted for users who don't plan on playing at the higheset resolutions and max settings, this card will do it's just and if overclocked well enough will hopefully (for nVidia's sake) do it better then the next generation of cards by AMD.

GTX 760 by nVidia preview