Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 preview: boost for the mid-range segment

It's been a busy few weeks for Nvidia. On 23 May the GeForce GTX 780 was launched, a GTX Titan-based card that replaced the GTX 680. On 30 May the GeForce GTX 770 followed, a tuned GTX 680 that replaced the GTX 670. Today it's time for the GeForce GTX 760. It's based on the GTX 670, but it's positioned to replace the €240 (£203) GeForce GTX 660 Ti.

The new GTX 760 will be priced at £209. That price segment is a popular one for graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti has been selling well of late, for example. The main competition comes from the AMD Radeon HD 7950 Boost, but they are usually slightly more expensive. By replacing the GeForce GTX 660 Ti by the faster GeForce GTX 760, Nvidia says it wants to make the choice easier for consumers, by providing more power for less money.

Nvidia sent us a reference model of the GeForce GTX 760, and we tested other GTX 760 cards from MSI, EVGA and Inno3D: the MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC, EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC ACX and Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 760. We'll analyse the performance of all four cards. The SLI and 3-way SLI benchmarks weren't finished in time for publication, so we'll update the review with those at a later date. We also have frametime results for several of the benchmarks.

The new GeForce GTX 760 is based on the GK104 GPU that's also used in the GeForce GTX 680, 670, 660 Ti and more recently the 770. Hardware-wise the new card is identical to last year's GeForce GTX 670. You'll find the same PCB and even the same cooler. What's changed are the clock frequency and firmware. Like the GTX 780 and 770 before it, the GTX 760 contains improved Turbo algorithms. Nvidia also claims it has improved the algorithms of the fan controller, which is supposed to make the GTX 760 quieter than the 670. You can read the rest of Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 preview here.