Graphics Cards Guide
For those who've been following our reviews, take note that we've replaced our old test rig with a brand new one for 2013. Here are the new specs we'll be running with:
- Intel Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz)
- ASUS P9X79 Pro (Intel X79 chipset) Motherboard
- 4 x 2GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill Ripjaws Memory
- Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive (OS)
- Western Digital Caviar Black 7200 RPM 1TB SATA hard drive (Benchmarks + Games)
- Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Here's the list of cards we'll be testing.
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.18)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.18)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 314.09)
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 320.18)
- AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 13.4)
This is the list of cards used during our overclocking, temperature and power consumption tests. They were the reference cards from the manufacturers that were operating on earlier versions of their respective drivers.
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 310.90)
- AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta) - OC BIOS
Note 1: There's a slight discrepancy in driver versions used across all the cards, but bear with us updating of benchmarks is an ongoing process, especially on our new test rig. Despite this, they still paint a reasonably accurate expectation of where the new card stands among the competition.
Note 2 (updated on 2nd June): We have updated a part of our results by using a downclocked Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 Windforce 5X Super Overclock 2GB GDDR5 with the latest NVIDIA ForceWare 320.18 drivers. The card was clocked down to the level of a reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680. We have also updated results from a reference AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 card, together with its latest drivers, the AMD Catalyst Software Suite 13.4. This is achieved by using an overclocked Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5 so that it is representative of the aforementioned AMD card to a certain degree.
Note 3: In our performance testing, we left the default temperature ceiling at 80 degrees Celsius as most users would leave it as default. Only at our overclocking exercise did we increase the power target at 104 per cent and our temperature target was automatically increased to 89 degree Celsius.
The key rivals for the GeForce GTX 770 in this stratospheric segment of the market will be the AMD’s Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, and NVIDIA’s own GeForce GTX 780 and GeForce GTX 680. We are expecting the GeForce GTX 770 to outperform the GeForce GTX 680, thanks to its higher base core clock speeds and memory speeds. The only question is, "by how much?"
We've also updated our benchmark list, adding Unigine's new Valley benchmark, as well as 3DMark 2013 and the big one, Crysis 3. We've also updated Unigine from version 3.0 to 4.0. Dirt 3 was excluded this time because it failed to run.
- Futuremark 3DMark 11
- Futuremark 3DMark 2013
- Unigine 4.0 "Heaven"
- Unigine "Valley" 1.0
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2
- Crysis Warhead
- Crysis 2
- Assassin's Creed 3
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Hitman: Absolution
- Far Cry 3
- Crysis 3