Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Review: $249 Powerhouse
Design and Benchmarks
One department where the GTX falls well behind the 770 and 780? Looks. The 780 reference board has a very sleek aluminum finish, complete with the model number engraved and a light-up GeForce GTX logo on the side. The 760 has, well, none of that. It’s the performance that matters most, of course, but this is a rather ordinary looking plastic shell, and the side logo doesn’t light up.
The GTX 760′s little brother status does mean it’s a smaller card, too, with a length of 9.5 inches (compared to 10.5 inches with the 780 and 770). There are other upsides to being the runt of the litter as well, including a lower TDP of 170W, and no need for an 8-pin PCI power connector (but you will need two 6-pin connectors).
So how did the GTX 760 fare in in the benchmarking octagon? I tested the GTX 760 using the five games – Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, Battlefield 3, and Crysis 3 – with at least two setting presets per title. Click on the chart below to size it up (red denotes the GTX 760 results).
The GTX 760 outguns the GTX 580 in every way, sometimes by over 25 percent. The GTX 780 has a sizable advantage over either of these cards, of course, but performance like that comes at a very hefty price. The 760 handles the 1920 x 1080 resolution without any serious drawbacks, although the newest, most demanding games (like Crysis 3), run a little rough until you take the settings down a preset notch.