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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Review - GK104 Speed Bump

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: NVIDIA

3DMark, 3DMark11, Unigine Heaven

Now that we have taken a look at our gaming tests using our Frame Rating metrics and testing methods, we are including a set of tests from more standard benchmarks like 3DMark 11, Unigine Heaven and the newer 3DMark benchmark. 

I consider these tests to be somewhat of a "best case" for all the cards in our comparison.  We aren't using our frame capture system, we aren't measuring frame latency, nothing like that; I think this should give you an idea of graphics performance if each vendor had the best result for each game.

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3DMark11 puts the GTX 770 slightly ahead of both the GTX 680 and the Radeon HD 7970 - an edge of 11% over the AMD offering.

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Interesting results here!  At the lower quality settings the GTX 770 is actually a bit behind the HD 7970 GHz Edition card (3.7) but at the Extreme preset the two cards are essentially showing identical graphics scores.

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Results in the tessellation heavy Heaven engine show the edge going to the GTX 770 over the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition - 9.5% at the Normal preset and 15.9% at the Extreme settings.

May 30, 2013 | 10:01 AM - Posted by mAxius

Ryan nice review have you tried this with a 680? it seams very interesting

May 30, 2013 | 10:16 AM - Posted by Zorkwiz

I just wanted to point out that the link "If you don't need the example graphs and explanations below, you can jump straight to the benchmark results now!!" still links back to the 7990 review where it was first used. This was also true in the 780 review from last week. I'd think it should jump to the results for the current review.

Great write up as always Ryan. Makes me even more eager to see Haswell numbers next week so I can decide whether, after 5 years, my i7 920 finally should be retired...

May 30, 2013 | 10:46 AM - Posted by RoboGeoff (not verified)

I'm like you. I'm still wondering when I'll benefit from upgrading from my i7 920, and it looks like my pair of GTX 580s will still do ok for another year or more.

May 30, 2013 | 12:34 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Thanks for the heads up, fixed!

June 10, 2013 | 11:01 AM - Posted by madhatter256 (not verified)

Me, too! My i7 920 overclocked to 3.8ghz still doesn't choke (CPU wise) at whatever game I throw at it.

May 30, 2013 | 11:21 AM - Posted by krvi (not verified)

The power consumption data is for the whole system, right? not graphic card-only.

I see EVGA have announced their lineup as well ( ), and most of their models specification say 254mm in length, which would fit perfectly in my SilverStone SG05... as opposed to other models. I hope their specifications are accurate.
Maybe we will see some reviews on the non-reference models, as well as EVGA's ACX cooler, later in the week.

May 30, 2013 | 12:34 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Yes, the power results are full system power draw, at the wall.

May 30, 2013 | 03:29 PM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

Ill be honest 680s never coming down in price, even now and 770s coming in at a lower price and faster leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

May 30, 2013 | 03:52 PM - Posted by noble118

Eager to see how 770 in sli compare to Titan and 7990. Considering it would be a cheaper alternative to them.

May 30, 2013 | 04:58 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Great review as always. If I could say one thing, it would be to change your FPS graphs to Bar graphs. So much easier to read.

May 30, 2013 | 05:38 PM - Posted by audiophile (not verified)

Any concern with having this high end of a card only have 2GB of memory? I wonder if that will become a limitation in the next year or two, especially with 1440p becoming more and more common.

May 30, 2013 | 07:21 PM - Posted by Xen

Awesome, they basically lowered the price of a non reference 680 and called it a 770. A $50 price drop constitutes a Gold award? Maybe I just fail to see the innovation here. I just think the next generation of cards should be more than a copy and paste, seems some what bland for such a high award.

May 31, 2013 | 06:01 AM - Posted by nobody special (not verified)

Again, I know your reviews are great, but I can't help but just skip to the conclusion every time due to the lines instead of bar charts (useful to show how long or how many times a card goes below 30fps etc but harder to read). Is it really so difficult to put up a bar chart also like every other site for those of us who hate trying to figure out all the lines? I'm not saying remove them, just add to them with charts. Not knocking the review though ryan, they are the most informative out there IMHO (along with hardocp who shows max you can expect to run at in nice details). Just dislike the missing bar charts with mins+avg showing.

For the whiners this is a REFRESH, not a next gen. It's faster, quiet, less heat and cheaper. For the 2GB whiners, you'll be spending all day running at under 30fps min anyway no matter how much memory you have without 2 cards or a Titan/dualgpu card.

Look at all the reviews that show ABOVE 1920x1200 (1440p etc) WITH minimum fps showing. Tombraider, hitman absolution etc all hit BELOW 30fps so who cares about 2GB? You need to spend over $700 to run there. Heck, hardocp had to turn stuff down on GTX 780 even at 1920x1080! 7970, 680, 770 etc are all 1080P cards at best and many games need details turned down to run there. Discussing memory is pointless if you end up below 30fps to prove it's useful.

May 31, 2013 | 07:50 PM - Posted by bystander (not verified)

It seems to me that they are attempting to approach benchmarking from a different mind set than you seem to. They have said this many times since the start of developing this FCAT system that FPS is a terrible way to measure a GPU's performance. They probably do not show you an average FPS, as a way to make you look at the graph instead. It doesn't matter much if the average FPS is better on one card or another, if it is not consistent and smooth.

There are lots of other sites who will show you FPS as the main indicator of how good a card is. This site attempts to measure how smooth the experience is. The thing that actually matters.

I find this system pretty interesting. Of course I also look at other sites as well.

May 31, 2013 | 09:55 AM - Posted by Tri Wahyudianto (not verified)

Ryan, how about the new display overclocking, can you test it with observed fps that you already developed ?
see if it can resolve our problem with tearing and stuttering

June 5, 2013 | 04:13 PM - Posted by PhoneyVirus

It's bad when the GeForce GTX 770 can out preform the Tahiti-based HD 7970 GHz Edition in crossfire because of the Micro Shuttering, of course at resolution 1920x1080 but come on AMD get that Shutter problem under control.

On the flip side I would never use FRAPS not alone pay for it to benchmarking my system.

Thanks 4 the Review PCPer I'll be sticking with my EVGA GeForce GTX 670 and dropping another one in for SLI, knowing that Crossfire has Micro Shuttering problem in software and Nvidia uses hardware that's build right in for such problems.

P.S I only use Nvidia Products!

June 10, 2013 | 10:40 PM - Posted by Hilda_Sat9

Anthony. although Troy`s story is incredible... I just received a gorgeous Honda NSX since I been making $9717 this last 5 weeks and-just over, $10k lass-month. it's realy my favourite work I've ever done. I started this three months/ago and immediately startad bringin in minimum $80.. per hour. I work through this link,

June 13, 2013 | 05:32 PM - Posted by TinkerToyTech

what I want to know is can I drive 4 different desktops, extended desktops, off the one card, I'm not gaming, more like video on one, and browsers and so on on the others...

WHat would be the best card for 4x1080p monitors?

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