This morning, GIGABYTE announced its premium GeForce GTX 760 4GB WindForce OC edition graphics card. Sporting the model number GV-N760OC-4GD, the card features 4GB of memory, a factory overclocked core speed of 1085MHz, GPU Boost of 1150MHz, and memory timing of 6GHz.
The card features GIGABYTE's new WindForce cooling solution which is capable of dissipating up to 450W of thermal energy. The GTX 760 WindForce OC is based on the same PCB as the company's GTX 770 WindForce OC which requires power input from one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe power connector. The card is expected to be priced at around $300 and will be available in all major electronics retailers.
This morning, MSI has released a new video that teases of something big happening later next month and centers around a thunderstorm theme. We expect the teaser is the prelude to the announcement of MSI's GeForce GTX 780 Lightning Edition, but we could be wrong as weirder things have happened in the past.
With the GTX 770 Lightning edition already on the market, the GTX 780 Lightning is the most likely candidate for such a big promo build up. If it were a lesser product, we would expect something, but not a full blown teaser video. With the stock MSI GTX 780 gaming edition's GK110 GPU being clocked in the 1.1GHz range, you can bet that the Lightning, which will be overclocked, will make even the most hardcore enthusiast smile!
It looks like AMD could be jumping right into the HD 9000 series, skipping the HD 8000 series altogether, and this new next-gen GPU would be launching as soon as October.
The first HD 9000 series parts are set to be Curacao and Hainan, both 28nm-based chips on the GCN 2.0 architecture. The new architecture features an improved front-end with 4 asynchronous computing engines (ACEs) and 3 geometry engines, as well as more stream processors crammed in.
The reason for skipping the HD 8000 series is most likely because AMD are already re-badging HD 7000 series GPU's as HD 8000 series parts to OEMs. We should expect the Curacao XT to feature 2304 stream processors (36 compute units) 144 texture units, 48 render back ends and a 384-bit memory controller. The Hainan will be less powerful, featuring 1792 stream processors (28 compute units) 112 texture units, 32 render back ends and a 256-bit memory bus.
The next few months will be interesting, and I have a feeling AMD are going to launch their next-gen Radeon GPU's at the same time the next-gen consoles arrive, riding the wave of AMD-powered consoles hitting the market.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Nabil from Hungary wanting to know which GPU he should buy to game at 1920x1080 at 60 FPS.
Q: With the imminent release of the next gen consoles I believe PC gaming is going to be something to look forward to. Especially in the graphics point of view. At the moment I have a Radeon HD 7870 with an FX-8150. I do all my gaming on TV so 1080p with at least 60 FPS would be my goal.
I don't know which card to get at the moment. The Radeon HD 7970 right now for USD $500 (that's how much it costs here in Hungary) or GTX 780 for USD $850. For 1080p at maximum settings and to be good for a at least a good while which one would you suggest?
A: You can view the answer to Nabil's question right here.
This morning NVIDIA released the highly anticipated GeForce GTX 760 to the world. The 760 is a mid-range GPU that is said to be about 12% faster than its predecessor the GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Like it's GTX 770 and GTX 780 brethren, NVIDIA says that the GTX 760 features all the latest hardware and software features.
"For gamers seeking insanely fast performance and smooth frame rates for their favorite games, the choice is clear: NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs," said Scott Herkelman, general manager of the GeForce GPU business at NVIDIA. "At a starting price of only $249, the GeForce GTX 760 ushers in a new level of performance, features and affordability, so gamers can experience today's most graphically demanding titles with all the eye candy turned high. It's a great time to be a PC gamer!"
Powered by an NVIDIA Kepler architecture-based GPU with an incredible 2.3 gigaflops of processing horsepower, the GeForce GTX 760 is already dramatically more powerful than the next-generation game consoles expected by the end of the year. To satisfy gamer demands for greater customization and overclocking options, the GeForce GTX 760 includes NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, which automatically increases the GPU's clock speed for enhanced performance, while adding temperature target and fan controls, as well as extra over-voltage headroom and optimizations for advanced water-cooling solutions.
With out-of-the-box factory overclocks and extra user-overclocking, expect the GTX 760 to extend its advantage even further - for performance data, check out the many press reviews that have gone live today. Available now at all e-tailers and retailers, the $249 GeForce GTX 760 will get your system ready for the first wave of next-gen games launching this Holiday season. TweakTown's own Shawn Baker reviewed NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760 and you can read it here.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where Peter from Germany wants to know whether he should go for a mid-range SLI setup or jump into a single Radeon HD 7950.
Q: I want to get a new PC with a Core i5-3570K - now i need a GPU. I was thinking about the 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 Ti, the 2GB Radeon HD7870 or the 3GB HD7950 Boost.
Which card would you suggest? I plan to keep it for the next 3-4 years. And i was asking myself if the RAM latency problem of the HD 7xxx generation is very dominant or if it is a minor problem.
A: You can view the answer to Peter's question right here.
A European price-aggregator website has spotted what appears to be the first real leak on the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 video card. The leak showed off pricing and specification details on the ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU II OC.
The GTX 760 DirectCU II OC was not pictured at either of the two stores that listed it, but the name and pricing was there along with some specifications that match yesterday's leak. The GTX 760 DirectCU II was listed at 264€ ($353 USD) before VAT and 316€ ($422 USD) after VAT, which leads us to believe that we should see vanilla GTX 760's priced in the $250-300 range.
Specifications included a 28nm GK104 silicon, with 1,152 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit wide memory interface holding 2GB of memory. This specific offering from ASUS also includes their award winning DirectCU dual slot cooler design, which should look similar to other ASUS DirectCU designs.
Normally next-gen video cards get me all excited, but to tell you the truth folks, the HD 8970 isn't that exciting. First off, we should expect a refresh and nothing that is architecturally new, and normally that is ok - but I want boundaries being pushed.
There's new circling that AMD's Radeon HD 8970 has been pictured, with some specs attached to this boat that is barely being kept together out at sea. We should expect a 1000MHz Base Clock, 2304 Stream Processors, 48 RO's, 3GB of GDDR5, a 384-bit memory bus and a 250W TDP. So we're talking a slight bump on what we have with the HD 7970 - nothing exciting. The other issue is the HD 8970 actually already exists, with AMD selling it as an OEM-only product.
There are specs on AMD's website about it, which put it on level with their HD 7970. So while this video card could be the HD 8970, there's no real reason to care. I think we should expect something great from AMD toward the end of the year, considering they are the ones powering all three next-gen consoles...
The mid-range NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 just may be the most anticipated GPU of the summer as the "60" series cards are usually powerful enough to run all of the year's new games with very respectable settings while remaining budget friendly. As such, gamers all over the world have been diligently awaiting the release of the card. This morning, we are learning what kind of punch the GTX 760 will pack.
According to a leaked screenshot from GPU-Z, the new GTX 760 will be a true successor rather than a rebadged GPU from the previous generation. The 760 will feature a GK104 GPU with only three of its graphics clusters enabled, while leaving the memory and raster operations untouched. This gives the GTX 760 1,154 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit GDDR5 RAM bank clocked to a massive 7 GHz. Core clock is set at 1072 MHz with a GPU Boost of 1111 MHz available.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Something Apple Mac users have long waited is the ability to play games at high resolutions, with high details, but until now their GPU offerings haven't been impressive. Sapphire's HD 7950 Mac Edition is here to help.
It has been out for a while, but we actually had a Mac Pro in front of our eyes for the first time with Sapphire's GPU sitting inside doing it's thing. They've given it a nice white heatsink and fan cover, which looks great. If you're a Mac Pro user and want to play something like Team Fortress 2 with everything cranked up and maintain 60 FPS strong, Sapphire has your back with the HD 7950 Mac Edition.
Computex Taipei 2013 - We took a closer look at Sapphire's beautiful Atomic HD 7990 GPU in their room at Computex, and wow does it look great. Not only does it feature two Tahiti XT2 cores, but the cooling system on it is really something else.
There's six miniDisplayPort outputs, for some serious multi-monitor work and the power going into it is quite insane: 12 Phase/50 amp per phase to provide 600 amps total. This is provided by three 8-pin PCI Express power connectors. The water cooling on the Atomic HD 7990 is great, too, with a full copper water block on offer, with an ultra low noise pump and for the reservoir we have a front 5.25-inch reservoir with one pump pre-installed with the option of upgrading to a dual pump system.
The radiator is 240mm and fan wise we have two 120mm fans capable of 1200 RPM.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Still one of my absolute favorite series from video cards come from our friends at MSI and while they didn't have a new Lightning based GTX 780 to show us, they did have the slightly cheaper GTX 770 on display which has also already arrived in our Taiwan labs.
Again while not on display; the first question that did come to mind was when will we see a GTX 780. While not ready just quiet yet MSI are indeed working on it and it looks like we should see it sometime in July. We're excited about both models as the Lightning series continue to be one of the strongest series of video cards available.
Outside of the new Lightning cards due, MSI are expanding the new Gaming series with the release of the GTX 770 and GTX 780 under it. We're quickly becoming a fan of the new Gaming series of cards and while we haven't got the GTX 780 variant yet, it's coming soon. So make sure you keep an eye out in the coming weeks for reviews on all the latest MSI Video Card offerings.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Inno3D today showed off the ever expanding iChiLL series of video cards with the GTX 780 Accelero Hybrid, a model that carries with it an All in One water cooling system. Considering the warmer nature of the new GTX 700 series from NVIDIA; we're really looking forward to seeing how the model goes once water has been thrown into the mix.
Alongside the new Water Cooled model which will of course carry with it quite a hefty price tag, Inno3D are showing off a chunky air cooled solution on both the GTX 770 and higher-end GTX 780. Looking below you can see the new GTX 770 HerculeZ 2000 sorts with it a pretty mean looking dual fan solution
The higher-end GTX 780 on the other hand sports a massive triple fan cooling solution which looks fantastic. If previous triple fan solutions from Inno3D are anything to go by, the upcoming i-Chill GTX 780 HerculeZ X3 Ultra should perform extremely well. We'll be keeping an eye out in the coming weeks for a sample to find out just what the new cards are capable off.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Galaxy has just unveiled two GeForce GTX 7-series cards at Computex 2013. While there is nothing special about a new GTX 780 and GTX 770 at this point, both cards are non-reference design which makes them kind of special.
As far as I know, Galaxy's new GeForce GTX 780 Superclock Hall of Fame is actually the world's first non-reference GTX 780 available to consumers. The card features a bright white PCB with a very strong VRM design to support higher factory-overclocked speeds. Cooling is handled by a very robust triple-slot air-cooler that utilizes a dense aluminum fin-stack, copper heat pipes and two large 92mm fans.
Galaxy also introduced a new GeForce GTX 770 Super Overclock (SOC) this week at the show. Unsurprisingly, this new GTX 770 SOC appears to look very similar to the GTX 680 SOC edition which is expected since there are very few differences between the two cards. You get the same white non-reference PCB as well as the triple fan cooler, which should do well to cool the card despite the higher clock speeds of the GTX 770 over GTX 670.
Computex Taipei 2013 - With new video cards being released over the recent weeks from NVIDIA we get a chance to sit down and check out the latest offerings from EVGA to find out just what they're doing with the new high-end single GPU models from NVIDIA.
As you'd expect the focus was on the new GTX 700 series and EVGA showed off four of its main models which starting from the left included the new EVGA GTX 780 Hydro Cooler which of course carries with ti that massively mean looking water block.
Moving across to the right we found ourselves looking at one card that extremely excites us; the upcoming GTX 780 Classified. Designed in house the new Classified model is due to offer some extreme performance and even more extreme overclocking capabilities with improvements in a number of areas. While final clock speeds for the model haven't been set yet, It's safe to say that most users of the upcoming model will probably be firing up EVGA Precision and trying to get even more performance out of the card.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Some of you may know how much of a multi-monitor and high-resolution fanboy I am, well, I had to stop at AMD's booth at Computex to check out their 5-screen Eyefinity rig, which just looked amazing.
The five monitors were in portrait mode, another favorite of mine, and had Tomb Raider ready to play. I didn't play it myself, but I did take some video of another show-goer playing it and it looked incredible. The rig running it was powered by an AMD FX 8350 processor, 8GB of AMD Radeon DDR3 RAM, a Radeon HD 7990 dual-GPU graphics card, and the five monitors, pumping out a resolution of 5400x1920. Now that is my kind of setup!
Computex Taipei 2013 - You know what? This is the kind of technology that I live for; Sapphire are back in the spotlight once again with an insane new dual-GPU card, the Sapphire Atomic HD7990 6GB.
As you can see from the product name, we have 6GB of RAM which will be announced later (probably some insanely fast gear) and two Tahiti XT2 GPU's. Sapphire's Atomic range always goes crazy, so we have six miniDisplayPort outputs for some crazy multi-monitor goodness, something that gets the blood flowing through my body. Now, none of this is possible without some power, and just how much does the Atomic HD7990 6GB require?
Computex Taipei 2013 - EVGA has debuted a new GTX 780 Classified GPU based upon NVIDIA's latest GTX 700 series of GPUs. The GTX 780 Classified makes use of EVGA's ACX Cooling, providing up to 15 percent lower GPU and memory temperatures, 15 percent less noise, and 700 percent stronger fanblades.
The GTX 780 Classified features a 14+3 Phase Power setup, helping to provide clean power, an important aspect to have when overclocking. It gets its power from dual 8-pin power connectors, again allowing for extreme overclocking. Pricing and availability are unknown at the time of writing.
NVIDIA is pushing ahead full-steam with its 700-series of graphics cards. Last week, NVIDIA launched the GTX 780. Earlier today, NVIDA launched the GTX 770. Now, the green graphics card maker has debuted its new line of mobile 700-series GPUs. The range is powered by Kepler from bottom to top and brings great performance to mobile platforms.
The new GTX 780M is the world's fastest mobile GPU. It rocks 1536 CUDA cores clocked at 823MHz. It can be paired with as much as 4GB of RAM, providing quite the gaming experience. The RAM and core are connected via a 256-bit interface. NVIDIA is also launching a new GTX 760M, 765M, and 770M.
NVIDIA says these new mobile chips are at least 30 percent faster than their last-generation counterparts. The 770M rocks just 960 CUDA cores connected to up to 3GB of RAM through a 192-bit memory interface. The 760M and 765M both use 768 CUDA cores, but the 765M is clocked almost 200MHz faster.
This morning, Palit released its version of the GeForce GTX 770 and unlike other GPU manufacturers, Palit chose to toss away the reference design cooler and add their own JetStream cooler into the mix. The result is said to be a 10 percent gain in overclockability as well as some snazzy good looks!
The Palit GeForce GTX 770 JetStream 2GB ships with a 10 percent higher core clock, which Palit says equates to 10 percent higher gaming performance. Like other video cards in Palit's JetStream line, the GTX 770 comes equipped with the company's signature JetStream 80mm,90mm,80mm triple fan bank that cools the GPU by 15 Celsius lower, and is 9dB quieter than the reference design.
Palit attributes these performance gains to several upgraded features on the GTX770 JetStream 2GB. These include:
- Copper Based Heatsink - Efficiently dissipate the heat from GPU and make 20 percent cooler
- 8 Phase PWM - Stabilize the voltage level the improve overclocking ability.
- MasterMode - GPU Overvoltage and Memory Overvoltage to increase extra 5+ percent performance.
Yesterday we saw a leak on the GeForce GTX 770 that claimed a memory clock of 7GHz and a price tag of $400, and this morning I can confirm that rumor was true. NVIDIA has just announced the GeForce GTX 770 and it appears that all the rumors are true.
The GeForce GTX 770 does run the same chip as the GTX 680 and does have the higher 7GHz memory clock. NVIDIA says that it is about five percent faster than the 680 overall but retains the 1,536 cuda cores. The rumors also were correct on the cooling hardware. The GTX 770 features the same style cooler as seen on the GTX 780 and GTX TITAN.
NVIDIA says the GTX 770 will retail for $399 for a 2GB model. It is available now at all major retailers. Our own Shawn Baker has had his hands on the GTX 770 for a while now and his review can be found here. What do you think about the new GeForce GTX 770? Personally, at the $400 price tag, I want three!