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MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC GTX 760 Overclocking Review

Author:Brent Justice

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Tuesday , July 02, 2013

We take the new MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC video card and overclock it to its highest potential with MSI Afterburner. We don't stop there, we also overclock all the comparison cards to their highest potential, and see if the GTX 760 can still hold its own. We also compare performance with the Radeon HD 7950.

Introduction

On June 25th, 2013, NVIDIA completed its GeForce GTX 700 refresh with the launch of the GeForce GTX 760 $249 video card. The GeForce GTX 760 combines the memory subsystem performance of the GeForce GTX 670 and GTX 680 with a refreshed GK104 GPU. The GeForce GTX 760 consists of 6 SMX units and 1,152 CUDA cores. The GeForce GTX 760 has 96 texture units and 32 ROPs. The core is clocked at 980MHz with a boost clock of 1033MHz. The memory consists of 2GB or 4GB GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus at 6GHz.

We evaluated a retail MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC video card based on the GeForce GTX 760. This video card costs $259, only $10 more than reference MSRP. This MSI retail OC video card brought with it a factory overclock setting the core clock speed at 1020MHz and the boost clock at 1085MHz. Of course the real-world gaming frequency it operates at is different in-game. In our testing today we found that this video card was running at 1150MHz in all games. The MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC is based on MSI's Military Class IV hardware components for improved lifespan, efficiency, and overclocking ability. The Twin Frozr IV cooling technology works extremely efficiently at keeping this GPU cool for overclocking.

We did not manage to get to overclocking this video card in our initial evaluation. That evaluation placed the performance of the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC over that of GeForce GTX 660 Ti and PowerColor HD 7870 MYST and even competed with the likes of the much more expensive GeForce GTX 670. In today's evaluation we are going to thoroughly cover our overclocking experiences, as well as one other piece of possible useful information we didn't have time to cover initially.

On the following page you will find that we have compared performance of the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC to the AMD Radeon HD 7950 with Boost. Why have we done this? It will all be explained on the following page. The next page after that will go over our entire process of overclocking, and results. The next page following that will show you apples-to-apples performance of how the MSI N760 overclocked compares to other overclocked video cards. Yes, we have taken the comparison cards and overclocked these as well, including the HD 7950, to see if the MSI N760 can still hold its own against these others overclocked.


Test Setup

We are using the exact same system and drivers as used in our initial evaluation shown in detail here. We are using ForceWare 320.39 provided by NVIDIA for the GTX 760, and we are using Catalyst 13.6 Beta 2 for the AMD video cards. We are using the same drivers as that evaluation so you can make direct comparisons.

Video Cards Used

MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC - This is the video card we are looking at today. We will show performance at its default settings, and its overclocked performance. We are using ForceWare 320.39.

XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition - We are using this video card to represent stock, reference HD 7950 with Boost performance, as well as overclocked. We set the clock speeds to 925MHz to represent the "Boost" HD 7950 for stock HD 7950 Boost performance. We then overclocked this video card to the max, with voltage tweaking to compare to the MSI N760 video card. We managed to get this video card up to 1150MHz core clock speed and 6.6GHz memory frequency.

ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti TOP - We used this video card to represent stock GTX 660 Ti performance as well as overclocked GTX 660 Ti performance. We clocked the base clock to the reference specification to give us stock reference GTX 660 Ti performance. We also overclocked this video card, with voltage tweak, as much as possible to represent overclocked performance. We managed to get this video card up to a real-world in-game frequency of 1346MHz core clock speed, and memory at 6.4GHz frequency.

PowerColor HD 7870 MYST Edition - We utilized this video card to represent stock 7870 "LE" performance, and overclocked performance. This video card is exactly $249, same as the reference GTX 760, so it makes a great comparison. We managed to overclock this video card up to 1200MHz core clock speed and 6.4GHz memory.

We will break down each of these comparisons and how they compare price wise with the MSI N760 OC in the conclusion.