GeForce GTX 760: Nvidia’s new mid-range

And three! After successively launched the GeForce GTX 780 and GeForce GTX 770, NVIDIA is back and offers us the GeForce GTX 760. New reference mid-range, the GeForce GTX 760 is the successor to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti should disappear catalogs of here in the fall.

What’s new for this new reference midrange? No new chip in any case and so do we hate spoilers in the introduction we prefer not you let languish unnecessarily. The GeForce GTX 760 is still built around a GK104 chip. The new with the old, in short? That’s what we try to check in the following pages.

GeForce GTX 760: Specifications

At the heart of the GeForce GTX 760, we find the GK104 chip. A well-known chip that debuted with the GeForce GTX 680, it was in March 2012. Kepler architecture is called for with the GeForce GTX 760 while NVIDIA is limited to support of DirectX 11. smart always engraved in 28nm by TSMC cash and 3.54 billion transistors.

What changes from the GeForce GTX 660 Ti for example? The number of CUDA units obviously seen … downward! And yes the GeForce GTX 760 simply 1152 stream processors against 1,344 for the previous model. Reducing the number of processing units which also relates the texture units. We go 112-96 while at the same time changing the memory bus to go from 192 to 256 bits. This benefits the coup logically to ROP units that pass 24 units on the GeForce GTX 660 Ti to 32 of the new GeForce GTX 760.

Radeon HD 7850

Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition

GeForce GTX 660 Ti

GeForce GTX 760

GeForce GTX 770

Interface

PCI-Ex. 16x – Gen3

PCI-Ex. 16x – Gen3

PCI-Ex. 16x – Gen3

PCI-Ex. 16x – Gen3

PCI-Ex. 16x – Gen3

Engraving

0.028 μ

0.028 μ

0.028 μ

0.028 μ

0.028 μ

transistors

2.8 billion

2.8 billion

3.54 billion

3.54 billion

3.54 billion

T & L

DirectX 11.1

DirectX 11.1

DirectX 11.1

DirectX 11

DirectX 11

Stream Processors

1024

1280

1344

1152

1536

ROP units

32

32

24

32

32

Units of texture

64

80

112

96

128

embedded memory

2048 MB

2048 MB

2048 MB

2048 MB or 4096 MB

2048 MB or 4096 MB

memory interface

256-bit

256-bit

192 bits

256-bit

256-bit

Bandwidth

153 GB / s

153 GB / s

144.2 GB / s

192 GB / s

224 GB / s

GPU frequency

860 MHz

1000 MHz

915 MHz (base)

980 MHz (base)

1046 MHz (base)

Stream Processors frequency

860 MHz

1000 MHz

915 MHz (base)

980 MHz (base)

1046 MHz (base)

memory frequency

1200MHz – GDDR5

1200MHz – GDDR5

1502 MHz – GDDR5

1502 MHz – GDDR5

1752 MHz – GDDR5

In sum NVIDIA excels in the art of declination and this is not new. What NVIDIA withdrew one hand, it adds it to the other, all with the aim of a balance. The frequencies are also progressing with 980 MHz core frequency and 033 MHz frequency 1 boosted the technology GPU Boost brand is the chameleon of the game. And memory side, NVIDIA provides two variants: 2 GB or 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with a frequency of 1502 MHz.

The properties of the GeForce GTX 760

GeForce GTX 760: the map

For this test, NVIDIA sent us the reference design. A design against the current of that to which he has accustomed us in recent months, sometimes the rest of misleading way (try to find a GeForce GTX 770 on the market based on the reference design sent to the press). Exit indeed the aluminum finish and quality materials, the GeForce GTX 760 takes the design could not be more “cheap” GeForce GTX 660 brushing besides indecency.

There is thus a shortcut black PCB, artificially prolonged by an all-plastic cooling system hardly deserves attention. NVIDIA said to have improved the fan controller to avoid sudden changes in its speed, and limit pollution. Without comparing the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, it is a fact that the GeForce GTX 760 is quite silent in operation.

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Dual-slot, the card has two SLI tabs and power entrusted to two PCI-Express 6-pin connectors for a TDP of 170 Watts. The output connector is standard: two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort 1.2 connector. Note that memory chips are signed Hynix our reference model and the frequencies are logically those announced by NVIDIA. A word about Boost frequencies supported, the Boost frequency climbs to 1149 MHz, well beyond 1033 MHz officially announced by NVIDIA. Recall, however, that this rather impressive frequency is not necessarily representative of the behavior of trade cards.