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Nvidia's Geforce GTX 770 comes close to the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

Exclusive But still no cigar
Wed May 29 2013, 18:50
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INFORMATION about Nvidia's Geforce GTX 770 has been leaking like air from a punctured tyre with specifications and the firm's own benchmarks reportedly surfacing, though benchmarks provided to The INQUIRER tell a different story.

Nvidia's Geforce GTX 770 is set to become the firm's second Geforce 700 series card following last week's launch of the Geforce GTX 780. While everyone knows that Nvidia will continue to use its Kepler GPU in the Geforce GTX 770, reports suggest that the card will have 1,536 CUDA cores at a base clock speed of 1,046MHz.

Widely circulated reports suggest that Nvidia's Geforce GTX 770 will take up the Geforce GTX 680 mantle in its competition against AMD's Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. However figures The INQUIRER has seen suggest that Nvidia's highly clocked Geforce GTX 770 might still have a hard time competing against AMD's Radeon HD 7970.

The figures presented below were tested on an Intel Core i7 3960X 3.3GHz CPU on an MSI X79A-GD65 motherboard with 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory under Windows 7. Nvidia's 320.18 WHQL and AMD's Catalyst 13.4 WHQL drivers were used to drive the Geforce GTX 770 and Radeon HD 7970 cards, respectively, with both cards running at reference speeds. All games were run at 2560x1600 resolution and all numbers are frames per second. More details on the benchmarks are listed in the appendix.

Nvidia's Geforce GTX 770 scores four wins over the Radeon HD 7970 GHz but it has to be said that titles such as Deus Ex are far from the bleeding edge of games design at the moment. In more contemporary titles such as Battlefield 3, Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3, the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition card holds a marginal lead over Nvidia's latest Geforce GTX 770 card in the results we have seen.

What we have seen with these benchmarks is that Nvidia's Geforce GTX 770 will have to be priced close to AMD's Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition for it to have a fighting chance. However, gamers might be swayed by AMD's current ploy of bundling a number of games, which puts Nvidia's graphics card partners under some price pressure on the Geforce GTX 770. µ

Appendix
AvP Benchmark dx11 2560x1600x32 4xMSAA 16xAF texturequality=veryhigh shadowquality=high ssao=on tessellation=on advancedshadows=on
Battlefield 3 goinghunting 2560x1600x32 4xAA 0xAF fxaa=off msaa=4 quality=ultra
Crysis 3 swamp 2560x1600x32 FXAA 0xAF systemspec=veryhigh msaa=fxaa
Dirt Showdown nevada 2560x1600x32 8xMSAA 16xAF quality=ultra
Lost Planet Benchmark test_b 2560x1600x32 8xMSAA 16xAF dx11features=high dxlevel=11 RenderDetail=high textures=high shadows=high motionblur=on
Far Cry3 Blood Dragon outdoor 2560x1600x32 0xAA 0xAF msaa=0 quality=ultra ssao=hdao
Hitman Absolution benchmark 2560x1600x32 FXAA 0xAF texturequality=high shadowquality=ultra ssao=high tessellation=on globalillumination=on depthoffield=high fxaa=on reflections=high levelofdetail=ultra
Max Payne 3 benchmark 2560x1600x32 4xAA 8xAF waterquality=high reflectionquality=veryhigh texturequality=veryhigh shadowquality=veryhigh ssao=hdao hqshaders=on tessellation=veryhigh
Deus Ex benchmark 2560x1600x32 MLAA 16xAF gameaa=mlaa shadows=soft dof=high tess=on ssao=high
Metro 2033 dx11 2560x1600x32 AAA 4xAF quality=veryhigh tessellation=on physx=off DepthOfField=on
MoH:Warfighter connectthedots 2560x1600x32 4xAA 0xAF fxaa=off msaa=4 quality=ultra
Skyrim city 2560x1600x32 8xAA 16xAF quality=ultra Hi Res Textures=on
Sleeping Dogs benchmark 2560x1600x32 highxAA 16xAF aaquality=high highrestextures=on shadowres=high shadowfilter=high motionblur=high ssao=high worlddensity=extreme
Batman: AC 2560x1600x32 4xAA 0xAF DX=11 detaillevel=veryhigh AA=MSAA4 PHYSX=on Tessellation=high
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X dx10.1 2560x1600x32 4xAA 8xAF quality=veryhigh
Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena demo1 2560x1600x32 4xAA 8xAF quality=high ssao=off

 

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