Overclocking on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB was fairly standard. You can see quite often we're sitting around that 10% mark when it comes to extra performance. Sometimes we see around 5%, while other times we can see as high as 20%. Of course it always comes down to how well a game is able to take advantage of the extra MHz on offer.
When it comes to heat and noise, you can see both areas are barely affected. The new GTX 700 series based video cards pretty much seem to run at 80c under load and then noise seems to just go in line with whatever it needs to be to make sure that the GPU runs no hotter than 80c.
What's going to really be interesting is the performance of GTX 700 series cards from other companies, especially as they move away from reference coolers. With companies like MSI, EVGA and ASUS all offering some excellent cooling solutions, what they're able to do with the new model will be interesting. While clearly 80c isn't a problem for the new series, we wouldn't complain about it sitting a good 10 - 15c lower than that.
With cards using the reference cooler coming in at $399 and non-reference cooler costing only $10 more, you're probably going to be more than likely picking up one of these particular versions. With cards from EVGA and MSI already in my Taipei lab, we'll be bringing you the performance of them ASAP.
For now, though, if you're looking at spending around that $400 mark, the GTX 770 2GB continues to look like an impressive model. Throw in a bit of overclocking and you can see some extra performance that ranges from 5% to 20% depending on the game. We're looking for those numbers to improve even further when we look at non-reference cooled video cards soon.
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