GeForce GTX 770 Conclusion
IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested, which may differ from future versions of the same product. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
My ratings begin with performance, where GeForce GTX 770 competes with AMD’s Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. DirectX 11 tests kept GeForce GTX 770 consistently ahead of its competition in almost all tests: ultra-demanding DX11 games such as Batman: Arkham Asylum made good use of Kepler’s optimized architecture, helping to deliver 90-FPS and leading Radeon HD 7970 by 35-FPS. Battlefield 3 also gave the GeForce GTX 770 a 36-FPS lead over the Radeon HD 7970, all while using Ultra quality settings. Lost Planet 2 played well on all graphics cards when set to high quality with 4x AA, allowing GTX 770 to maintain an impressive 84.9 frame rate and lead the 7970 by 22-FPS. In Aliens vs Predator the GeForce GTX 770 maintained a miniscule advantage over Radeon HD 7970, which puts them virtually even. Metro 2033 is another demanding game that requires high-end graphics to enjoy high quality visual settings, and although this benchmark favors AMD Radeon products, the GTX 770 again maintained a matching frame rate with Radeon HD 7970.
Synthetic benchmark tools offer an unbiased read on graphics products, allowing video card manufacturers to display their performance without special game optimizations or driver influence. Futuremark’s 3DMark11 benchmark suite strained our high-end graphics cards with only mid-level settings displayed at 720p, yet GeForce GTX 770 produced higher FPS results than every single-GPU graphics card AMD produces. Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark tests used maximum settings that tend to crush most products, yet GTX 770 still produced a dominating performance that kept up with Radeon HD 7970.
Appearance is a much more subjective matter, especially since this particular rating doesn’t have any quantitative benchmark scores to fall back on. NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX series has traditionally used a recognizable design over the past two years, but beginning with GTX TITAN and seen again with GeForce GTX 780, NVIDIA’s use of matte silver trim on GTX 770 certainly helps the series stand out. Because GeForce GTX 770 operates so efficiently, and allows nearly all of the heated air to exhaust outside of the computer case, the reference design does an excellent job for function. While fashionably good looks might mean a lot to some consumers, keep in mind that this product still outperforms all the competition while generating much less heat and producing very little noise.
Construction is the one area NVIDIA graphics cards continually shine, and thanks in part to extremely quiet operation paired with more efficient cores that consume less energy and emit less heat, it seems clear that GeForce GTX 770 continues to carry on this tradition. Requiring an 8- and 6-pin PCI-E power connections reduce power supply requirements to 600W, which is practically mainstream. Additionally, consumers have a top-end single-GPU solution capable of driving three monitors in 3D Vision Surround with the inclusion of two DL-DVI ports with supplementary HDMI and DisplayPort output.
As of launch day (30 May 2013), the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 video card sells for $399.99 (Amazon | Newegg). This price is directly targeted at the AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, but keeping in mind that hardware manufacturers and retailers are constantly adjusting prices expect this to change a few times between now and a few months later. There’s still plenty of value beyond basic frame rate performance, and the added NVIDIA Kepler features run it off the charts. Only NVIDIA Kepler video cards can offer automated GPU Boost technology, 3D Vision, Adaptive VSync, PhysX technology, FXAA, and now TXAA.
My conclusion: GeForce GTX 770 is a hyper-overclocked GTX 680 with some new tweaks. NVIDIA’s Kepler-based GK104 GPU is clocked past the fastest overclocked GTX 680, and the 2GB GDDR5 memory sets records with speeds reaching 7010MHz data rate. With Radeon HD 7970 trailing so far behind in performance while sharing the same price point as GeForce GTX 770, gamers have a good reason to play on team green hardware. GeForce GTX 770 delivers performance beyond the competition, and delivers as much value as it does technology perks.
+ Outperforms AMD Radeon HD 7970 in all tests
+ Great performance with DX11 video games
+ Supports NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology, Adaptive VSync, TXAA, 3D Vision and PhysX
+ Triple-display and 3D Vision Surround support
+ Cooling fan operates at very quiet acoustic levels
+ Features DisplayPort connectivity for future monitor technology
+ Very low power consumption at idle and heat output under load
+ Upgradable into dual- and triple SLI card sets
– High priced enthusiast product!
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