Gaming Performance

Having taken a look at the specifications and construction of Gigabyte and EVGA cards, let’s dive into the matter of their performance. Note that the stock clockspeeds for these cards are within   13MHz (one boost bin) of each other; this goes for the boost clock and the max boost bin, too. Futhermore memory clocks are tied entirely at 6GHz each.

Total War: Shogun 2 - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality

Hitman: Absolution - 1920x1080 - Ultra + 4x MSAA

Hitman: Absolution - Min. Frame Rate - 1920x1080 - Ultra + 4x MSAA

Sleeping Dogs - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality + High AA

Sleeping Dogs - Min. Frame Rate - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality + High AA

Far Cry 3 - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality + 4x MSAA + Enh. AtoC

Battlefield 3 - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality + 4x MSAA

Bioshock Infinite - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality + DDoF

Crysis 3 - 1920x1080 - High Quality + FXAA

Because the two cards are so close in clockspeeds, there’s little appreciable difference to speak of in our benchmarks. They are for all intents and purposes tied; the margin for experimental variation is larger than the 1% variation in clockspeed between the two cards. That said, the EVGA card does end up technically surpassing the Gigabyte card rather consistently, which is somewhat surprising since it’s the Gigabyte card that has the clockspeed advantage.

Compared to a reference clocked GTX 760, both are notably faster, but not especially so. Without a memory overclock the performance gains are limited to scenarios where the games in question are mostly GPU limited as opposed to memory bandwidth limited, so the gains range between 3% in games such as Bioshock, up to 6% in games like Total War: Shogun 2. On average the cards are just 4% faster than their stock clocked counterpart, less than half the GPU overclock they possess. 4% is not insignificant, but it’s typically not enough to buy higher quality settings or higher resolutions. Factory overclocks really don’t start getting interesting unless we can pass 5%, which both cards are coming up just shy of.

EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Superclocked ACX Power, Temperature, & Noise
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  • Torrijos - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    Hi, just wondering what might be the reason for the HD7950 Boost to jump all over the performance charts?
    That card has a larger memory bus, would it make a difference if you had looked at 2560x1440 ?
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  • gregounech - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    How is this a roundup when only 2 brands are represented ? Reply
  • Quidam - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    Agree, it's more like a showdown. I would love to have seen the Asus GTX760 Direct CU II in this roundup as well Reply
  • maecenas - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    Ryan, is Asus not providing test samples? I noticed they were absent from the 770 roundup as well Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    We still get samples from Asus. Our next review will include an Asus card. Reply
  • mwildtech - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    That GB cooler is beast. Change the PCB color to black though, blue represents old school GB.. Reply
  • wand3r3r - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    Considering the 7950 has been hitting $180-190 AR lately, the 760 is overpriced which doesn't even merit a mention in the roundup? NV is rumored to be cutting prices in the next couple weeks so it may even out better at that point, but we'll see. Reply
  • Wreckage - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    Poor drivers for one. Reply
  • Torrijos - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    For a single card it isn't the mess crossfire is...
    Another argument in favour of AMD, free recent games with the cards (should be deduced from the card price to really compare only the hardware price).
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  • Teizo - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    Just because AMD is doing a price dump to clear inventory doesn't mean the 760 is over priced and irrelevant. Reply

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