Affordable Power

Seen all those new NVIDIA video cards hitting the market? The new GTX 780 and 770 provide some incredible performance however at a premium price – which don’t always cater for everyone’s budget.

It’s always better to wait and see what the series offers before jumping on the latest cards as both parties NVIDIA or AMD usually like to bring out their flagship single GPU into the market first before releasing the models below. The model we have is to cater for those looking to tackle the mid-tier of the new 700 Series NVIDIA video cards – the GTX 760.

The one in particular is an ASUS GeForce GTX 760 Overclocked 2GB Video Card. As NVIDIA allowed manufacturers to launch with third-party heatsinks, the ASUS we have here packs the signature Direct CU II heatsink which is one of the most recognised aftermarket design.

Let’s have a look at the technical specifications of the card (and pictures!) before we look into the gaming benchmarks and overall performance.

 

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ASUS’s Direct CU II Heatsink has one of the most recognised design. 

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Technical Specifications:

  • GPU: GK 104 Rev. A2
  • GPU Clock: 1006 MHz (Boost: 1072 MHz)
  • Technology: 28 nm
  • Memory Clock: 1502 MHz
  • Memory: 2048MB GDDR5
  • Shaders: 1152
  • Bus Interface: PCI-E 3.0 x16
  • Cooling: ASUS Direct CU II
  • Dual Link DVI / HDMI / DisplayPorts Outputs
  • Price: $399 AUD RRP

 

This ASUS overclocked GTX 760 comes in at a 1006 MHz (Boost: 1072 MHz) from factory compared to the 980 MHz (Boost: 1033 MHz) stocked version. The DirectCU II heatsink does take up 2 expansion slots plus requires an 8-Pin Power Supply connection.

On the back you have the usual 2x Dual Link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs for connectivity. The RRP price is set just below the pricing for the recently released bigger brother, the GTX 770. As this is the Overclocked version of the GTX 760, you can pick up the stock ones cheaper.

Always worth mention that the local Australian market can get quite competitive so it’s best to check out the street price once it hits the shelves.

 

The Test Rig:

As our test rig is running a few generations behind, it’s still capable of chucking out some great results with our past tests. The rig we have for testing this card is an AMD X6 1100T, 8GB DDR3, Gigabyte 990FX-UD5 and 1000W OCZ Fatal1ty Power Suppy packed in a Corsair 400R Carbide Case. We promise a Haswell build is on the cards.

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Benchmarks:

So now we’re going to look at some benchmarks using the ASUS GTX 760 DirectCU II OC Video Card from the factory with on-disc drivers – latest drivers at the time. We’re going for three high profile games that came out recently. All benchmarks was recorded using FRAPS on 1920 x 1080.

 

Crysis 3

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Crysis 3 was an incredibly taxing game on the system. It pretty much proved our everyday use AMD Radeon HD 6950 OC was not up to scratch with the bar Crytek has set out with this latest offering. First up, we gave Crysis 3 a whirl with everything on very high on the introduction level. As expected, the GTX 760 was struggling to output a playable frame rate with everything turned up to the max.

To get Crysis 3 to a playable level, we had to drop the MSAA (8X) to a lower FXAA. The other settings were kept the same and we saw significant improvements to frame rate bringing it up to an acceptable playable level.

 

Metro Last Light

Metro Last Light

Next up, we have the latest Russian underground shooter – Metro Last Light. As per usual, we chuck this game on the maximum settings to see how it runs on the GTX 760 card. Surprisingly, it pushed a max of 62 FPS while keeping a 55 FPS minimum. It’s a possibility due to the game inclined performance towards NVIDIA, the card perform well over the AMD 7950 which on averages outputs 40 FPS max on the same settings.

We also pit this card against the older GTX 660 Ti which pushed out a max of 41 FPS and a minimum of 35 FPS – playable but obviously significantly better with the latest GTX 760 card.

 

Bioshock Infinite

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For the last benchmark, we have the incredible Bioshock Infinite. While not a performance hungry game in comparison to the two above, it’s good to see how well the card performs on the popular Unreal Engine 3.

As you can see, the GTX 760 smashed out a max of 76 FPS on Bioshock Infinite with the settings set on Ultra. It wasn’t a significant improvement over the GTX 660Ti however pushing roughly 10 FPS less.

 

Extra Time

Apart from the video game benchmarks, we ran a few tests to check temperatures under load and some minor overclocking. The card didn’t exceed a max of 59 degrees while under load on stock clocks with idle temps sitting around the 27-30 degrees mark.

With overclocking, we used the packaged ASUS GPU Tweak software to see if we could squeeze out more performance with the GTX 760 OC. Overall we managed to push the MHz bars to 1173 stable with anything exceeding causing visual issues.

 

Conclusion

With the bigger GTX 770 aiming it’s sights on AMD’s HD 7970, the GTX 760 has firmly grabbed the lead over the it’s competitor – the HD 7950. That being said, AMD is a tad behind and we’re not too sure what kind of performance the next 8000 series will bring.

It’s hard to recommend a card till we see what’s the latest out of the red camp and with AMD slashing prices across the 7000 series range – it makes the price point of the GTX 760 a little less enticing. Until then, we can only make judgement on what’s out on the market.

For those who want the latest out of NVIDIA’s camp and not break the bank – the ASUS GTX 760 OC Video Card offers incredible FPS performance on the latest games and we’re pretty happy with the results for a mid-range GPU.

We like to thank ASUS Australia & New Zealand for generously allowing us to push pixels with card.