GeForce GTX 770 Review: Adding Value to High-End GFX?

By on May 30, 2013, 8:00 AM

Having taken the covers off the GeForce GTX 780 a week ago, Nvidia is ready to release their next part in the GeForce 700 series. Giving us our first look at the GeForce GTX 770 is Gainward, with their special Phantom edition card featuring an upgraded cooling solution, factory overclocking, and 8-phase PWM.

Earlier rumors indicated that the GTX 770's specifications would be much like a GTX 680 on steroids, and as it turns out that's exactly what it is. The GTX 770 features the fastest GDDR5 memory we have ever seen at 7GHz. Memory at that clock rate is good for a peak bandwidth of 224GB/s, 16% more than the GTX 680. Therefore, technically if you could overclock a GTX 680 well enough you could create a GTX 770.

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1 person liked this | LukeDJ LukeDJ said:

pushing the core clock from 1046MHz to 11150MHz, a decent 10% increase

Think that's a little more than 10% Steve :p

Great review though, as always

stfronk said:

Great review! I'm running two GTX 670's in SLI to game at 2560x1440. This really puts into perspective that it's worth skipping a new generation of cards and upgrading every other year. In fact, all I would need to do is to overclock and I'm certain I could reach comparable FPS. Well done Steven. I enjoy reading all of your work!

wastedkill said:

This looks pretty cool but I would get we would get a extra 20-50 frame increase when using stable 2month old non beta/alpha drivers, specially as its just came out so there is still quite a lot of work to be done!

MilwaukeeMike said:

Compared to the Radeon HD 7970GHz Edition, which can be purchased for $430, the GTX 770 costs 13% more and in our frames per second testing only provided 7% more performance, while this figure was increased to 13% in our frame time testing.

If the GTX 770 is $450 and the 7970 is $430 then the 770 costs 4.5% more, not 13%. 13% more than $430 is $486.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

If the GTX 770 is $450 and the 7970 is $430 then the 770 costs 4.5% more, not 13%. 13% more than $430 is $486.

Still yet 13% is hardly worth complaining about, if you prefer one over the other.

P.S. Congrats on the 1000 postings!

Guest said:

So this is basically the GHz edition of Nvidia cards ?

Honestly it's hard to be impressed by this card. I currently own a 670. The performance difference is nice but this card should be sold at the same price as the 670. This is usually how it goes when a new generation comes out. The bump in power consumption and price from a 670 makes the around 10fps increase in performance not all that great.

This card is basically performing like a 7970GHz for the same price as the 7970GHz. Worst if I'm to believe Anandtech. Nvidia lost its load power consumption and temp advantage. The load power consumption and temp of this card are mostly the same as a 7970GHz. There's a reason I went with the 670. The 680 and 7970 were too expensive and so is this card. It's a good thing tough. No reason to upgrade.

Guest said:

Wow, that is one good looking card! Love the mounting bay for the fans, looks sick.

Guest said:

Nice card. Just ordered a 780 after having a 660 for almost a year. To be honest, despite being a budget card, the 660 played every game I threw at it at highest or close to highest settings. The main reason the new cards are more appealing is because they've increased the "Cuda cores" substantially which means things like Adobe CS will render much faster...which was the only reason I could justify the expense. As usual for most, it's a two generation upgrade rule to make the numbers work.

lipe123 said:

Honestly from those benchmark results all I see is that using two 660 Ti's is better value for money than anything in the new 7xx series =P

MilwaukeeMike said:

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Still yet 13% is hardly worth complaining about, if you prefer one over the other.

P.S. Congrats on the 1000 postings!

Thanks

And you're right... if you're spending $450 on a card, $30 one way or the other isn't going to change most people's minds. There aren't a ton of choices in that price range.

1 person liked this | JC713 JC713 said:

This was a rushed release, but it is exactly what I thought it would be.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

That's a Sexy looking cooler on that card, I really like the look and the three fan performance plus it seems to make that card heavily overclockable (At least for an air cooled). Looking like a 680 that's overclocked like that, its a nice card, I really wish it had the same amount of ram as the 780, but I had already heard it was basically an overclocked 680 awhile ago.

Awesome card and an decent price especially considering a 680 is still more than it and this is essentially a higher clocked 680. I really hope they put that cooler on some other models of cards cause I like after market coolers like that.

Ive seen some of these on newegg for as low as 400 with different aftermarket coolers, that's a great price point for a card like this. Its only missing that nice 3gb of DDR5 from the 780, I was just hoping for that since last round the 670 had the same as the 680, so I was thinking they might continue the trend for higher resolution setups.

Either way though, awesome card for the money with that sweet cooler, if I built another air cooled system, I would want my GPU's to have that cooler on it!

1 person liked this | slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well at least the performance/price ratio increased unlike the Titan and 780. Although that's comparing to the GTX 680 which was released over a year ago and hasn't budged in price so that's not saying much.

1 person liked this | JC713 JC713 said:

That's a Sexy looking cooler on that card, I really like the look and the three fan performance plus it seems to make that card heavily overclockable (At least for an air cooled). Looking like a 680 that's overclocked like that, its a nice card, I really wish it had the same amount of ram as the 780, but I had already heard it was basically an overclocked 680 awhile ago.

Awesome card and an decent price especially considering a 680 is still more than it and this is essentially a higher clocked 680. I really hope they put that cooler on some other models of cards cause I like after market coolers like that.

Ive seen some of these on newegg for as low as 400 with different aftermarket coolers, that's a great price point for a card like this. Its only missing that nice 3gb of DDR5 from the 780, I was just hoping for that since last round the 670 had the same as the 680, so I was thinking they might continue the trend for higher resolution setups.

Either way though, awesome card for the money with that sweet cooler, if I built another air cooled system, I would want my GPU's to have that cooler on it!

Too bad there are no Gainwards here in the US.

1 person liked this | GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Too bad there are no Gainwards here in the US.

Yea that's a shame, it's a real nice card. But who knows, evga has done some cards with a similar cooler (it was different than this style but its close) so we can hope another company will put one out like this!

JC713 JC713 said:

Yea that's a shame, it's a real nice card. But who knows, evga has done some cards with a similar cooler (it was different than this style but its close) so we can hope another company will put one out like this!

I am really digging the new Windforce x3 from Gigabyte. I never liked the old Windforce, but the new one is swanky.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Have not seen it, looking it up now.

Oh wow, that does look a lot cooler than its ever looked.

JC713 JC713 said:

Engadget listed this review: [link] Good stuff.

1 person liked this | JC713 JC713 said:

Have not seen it, looking it up now.

Oh wow, that does look a lot cooler than its ever looked.

GTX 670 Windforce 3x:

GTX 770 Windforce 3x:

The improvements are minimal, but they definitely make for a nicer card.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

If the GTX 770 is $450 and the 7970 is $430 then the 770 costs 4.5% more, not 13%. 13% more than $430 is $486.

The calculations are moot. The GTX 770's MSRP I believe is $399. My guess is that Nvidia kept the true price close-to-the-chest to avoid AMD pre-empting the launch with price cuts to the 7970GE.

The Gainward Phantom could indeed be $450, but it probably isn't representative of pricing at the moment.

Thanks for another solid review Steve.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Think that's a little more than 10% Steve :p

I think it's exactly 10%

1 person liked this | dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

^^^ One too many "1"'s in the second number !

theBest11778 theBest11778 said:

I just picked up a GTX 680 off eBay for $320 shipped. The highend market is dumping them for Titan or the GTX 780 at crazy low prices. I figured the 770 was going to be the same card, but I was impressed how much faster it really is... except the power consumption. WIth that much higher TDP, I could easily OC the GTX 680 to equal performance levels, and save $100. However I perfer the lower power, and lower heat output. I agree with the comment above, this was a rushed launch. If Nvidia got this thing to run at the speeds it's at now, with less than, or equal to, TDP/Thermals than the GTX 680 I'd have to seriously consider my decision. I feel that's the goal they should have tried to hit.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

ROFL! Sorry about that. Guess that number would be quite a nice boost, eh?

1 person liked this | JC713 JC713 said:

The calculations are moot. The GTX 770's MSRP I believe is $399. My guess is that Nvidia kept the true price close-to-the-chest to avoid AMD pre-empting the launch with price cuts to the 7970GE.

The Gainward Phantom could indeed be $450, but it probably isn't representative of pricing at the moment.

Thanks for another solid review Steve.

AMD is gonna kick some nVidia ass in Q3 lol, at least in terms of value. Fight!

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

Like the 670 there will be 4GB VRAM versions for $50 more or so. 2GB is enough for 1440p/1600p and below. (for the most part anyways)

One thing from the conclusion on Toms Review caught my eye though.

Enthusiasts ready to go big with multiple GPUs should be looking to Nvidia's cards until AMD can sort out the issues with its frame pacing that we saw affect Battlefield 3, BioShock Infinite, Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, and Tomb Raider. Now you're looking at two GeForce GTX 770s for $800, one 690 for $1,000, two 780s for $1,300 or two Titans for $2,000. The 770s are comparatively a great deal for enthusiasts gaming at 2560x1440. Need a little more muscle? You can add a third 770 and still spend less than two GeForce GTX 780s.

AMD is STILL having frame time issues in that many titles? Looks like that might include single GPU's as well?

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

AMD is gonna kick some nVidia *** in Q3 lol, at least in terms of value. Fight!

What are you basing that on ? Or are you attempting to start a flamefest ?

AMD are on record as saying that Tahiti will remain the primary focus of their high-end graphics through the remainder of the year*, so whatever AMD's response is (and they seem to have shelved a Sea Islands successor) it likely boils down to either offering a larger/more varied bundle - which has a certain appeal, although limited when you can buy the game coupons on eBay for cents on the dollar, or further price cuts.

Now, bear in mind that AMD have instituted two price cuts since the HD 7000 launch (April and August) as well as adding game bundles, while Nvidia prices have held steady on pricing with the customer lucky to get a single game coupon- yet AMD continues to lose discrete graphics market share to Nvidia. Are you expecting AMD to come up with some other tactic ?

As far as I'm aware, AMDs primary focus is reclaiming its lost mobile graphics share (which has taken a nosedive of late). They seem to have shelved the Sea Islands high-end, and move to implement (along with Nvidia's Maxwell µarch) 20nm process technology likely combined with GDDR6 (since it is a subset of DDR4) to increase bandwidth whilst keeping the GPU die -memory controllers- real estate at manageable levels (256 or 384-bit).

Both TSMC's 20nm process and GDDR6 look to be Q1 2014 timeframe, so I hope you aren't expecting too much from AMD's design team. [link] at Computex, but given the dearth of valid information/ AMD sanctioned "leaks" concerning Sea Islands' fast disappearing Curacao GPU, I don't think a new µarch will be unveiled anytime soon - although I'm certain a slide deck will be circulated.

* From AMD's Devon Nekechuk and pals

The plan has always been to keep our 7900 series as the mainstay of our enthusiast product line from when we launched at the end of 2011 to the last part of 2013. So this was definitely an intentional plan....[ ]...

Darren McPhee: [pause] The 7900 series will be a focus for the rest of 2013.

Like the 670 there will be 4GB VRAM versions for $50 more or so. 2GB is enough for 1440p/1600p and below. (for the most part anyways)

One thing from the conclusion on Toms Review caught my eye though.

AMD is STILL having frame time issues in that many titles? Looks like that might include single GPU's as well?

The issues of stuttering with Bioshock Infinite and Far Cry 3 don't appear to be frame pacing issues in the usually applied sense, more issues with non-memory management within the GCN architecture that haven't been ironed out - as I understand it. I was under the impression that Bioshock had gotten better with driver updates.

JC713 JC713 said:

I am basing my information on a rumor that was revealed recently:

[link] . Their information about the 780 and 770 was correct, and I have read their articles for a few years. They are pretty spot on.

Also, when I said "Fight!", I meant AMD and nVidia.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I am basing my information on a rumor that was revealed recently:

[link] . Their information about the 780 and 770 was correct, and I have read their articles for a few years. They are pretty spot on.

2300 shaders on 28nm equates to about 470-500mm˛ (390-420mm˛ + ~80mm˛ for the memory I/O ) at the transistor densities in use. That's a pretty big die to get up and running in the space of a few months, and a Q3 launch basically means that the chip has already taped out and they're into risk production already.

As a note, it might have been helpful to state the foundation for statement (ie the WCCF piece) rather than just a graphic which doesn't impart any actual information

Their information about the 780 and 770 was correct, and I have read their articles for a few years. They are pretty spot on.
Their original [link] . WCCF basically just repackage news and speculation from other sites. Their GTX 770 info came directly from 3DCentre's extrapolation

The Hainan numbers also don't gel with what AMD's Dave Baumann said on B3D's forum a few days ago

Staff
Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

We have updated pricing info to reflect the final $400 price point for the GTX 770:

[link]

We have updated pricing information for GeForce GTX 770 cards which start at $400. We have been unable to confim if Gainward will sell the Phantom at a premium, but this price correction means the GTX 770 matches the price of the older GTX 670 cards at launch and currently undercuts both the GTX 680 and Radeon 7970 GHz while delivering better performance.

JC713 JC713 said:

2300 shaders on 28nm equates to about 470-500mm˛ (390-420mm˛ + ~80mm˛ for the memory I/O ) at the transistor densities in use. That's a pretty big die to get up and running in the space of a few months, and a Q3 launch basically means that the chip has already taped out and they're into risk production already.

As a note, it might have been helpful to state the foundation for statement (ie the WCCF piece) rather than just a graphic which doesn't impart any actual information

Their original [link] . WCCF basically just repackage news and speculation from other sites. Their GTX 770 info came directly from 3DCentre's extrapolation

The Hainan numbers also don't gel with what AMD's Dave Baumann said on B3D's forum a few days ago

Lol I knew you would point that out. The graphic was just a joke... I was saying that AMD may win the battle in a few months. I didnt want to provide any information.

Yes, WCCF is just a repackage, I still read from them.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I was saying that AMD may win the battle in a few months. I didnt want to provide any information.

They may well do, but I was thinking along the lines of the high-end implications since we're talking about the GTX 770. Curacao could indeed eventuate- but as WCCF pointed out, it will be expensive (at least $600) and will have no effect on the present price structure of either company. It may force Nvidia's hand and lower the price of the GTX 780 (unlikely), but there's still daylight between $600 and the $400 that the GTX 770/HD 7970GE sit at.

Hainan -at best- with the published data wish list, would still sit below the HD 7970GE/7950 in performance, and would have been a Pitcairn and HD7970M successor, so again likely falls outside the performance segment.

It would be great to see a regular turnover of new models, but at present both Nvidia and AMD seem content to stay pat until 20nm makes the next µarch feasible. The only difference is that Nvidia are reaping some benefit from pursuing a dual strategy ( full compute chip and pared down gaming GPU) bringing GK 110 to the masses whilst wringing the last drop of performance out of GK 104 at the same time.

JC713 JC713 said:

Yeah, I hope AMD doesnt go with 6GB of GDDR5... that will easily drive the price up to the rumored $600. No one needs that type of memory at 1080P. Even if someone was running at higher resolutions, they will need a more powerful GPU, not more RAM. I cant wait to see what the 8950 will bring to the table. The rumored specs put a pretty large gap between the 8970 and the 8950. Also, what would AMD move from using a 384bit bus on the 7950 to a 256bit bus on the 8950. It doesnt add up.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Lol I knew you would point that out. The graphic was just a joke... I was saying that AMD may win the battle in a few months. I didnt want to provide any information.

Yes, WCCF is just a repackage, I still read from them.

Don't worry I thought it was funny lol.

If the 8 series specs are right, then the 8970 is gonna rock the market with a 6gb and some more power to the current generation. Though I still want to make a system with air cooled cards just to get that cooler still, I can't stop ranting how awesome that aftermarket Heatsink is.

JC713 JC713 said:

Don't worry I thought it was funny lol.

If the 8 series specs are right, then the 8970 is gonna rock the market with a 6gb and some more power to the current generation. Though I still want to make a system with air cooled cards just to get that cooler still, I can't stop ranting how awesome that aftermarket Heatsink is.

The Windforce? Yeah it is really badass. The 6GB is gonna be great with the rise in 4K content, but I think the GPU performance has to improve before adding more RAM. It would make more sense to include 6GB of VRAM with the 9000 series.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Agreed, the 6gb may be nice if you grab a pair of em, but yea we need more power, but who knows until the day the card comes. At the moment, 3-4 seems to be the magic number for high res setups for the time frame.

JC713 JC713 said:

Agreed, the 6gb may be nice if you grab a pair of em, but yea we need more power, but who knows until the day the card comes. At the moment, 3-4 seems to be the magic number for high res setups for the time frame.

3GB is the sweet spot. 2GB is beginning to be considered the low end (for highest settings in game). Especially with next generation engines like Frostbite 3, I think 2GB will be a must.

GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Yea, my 6990s have yet to have any issues even in my setup for games at ultra so far but I have a feeling battlefield 4 may make them show some weakness in which case ill probably grab some new cards. I'm waiting though before I do because I want to see all of this next gen cards and battlefield 4 in which case I be grabbing some minimum 3gb cards or higher depending on what's out and weather I go more dual gpu cards or 2-3 single gpu cards.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

How about getting the thread back on topic ?

You have the opportunity to start another thread, or use the Conversation feature rather than clutter up this thread -I'm getting alerts on the thread only to see JC713's OT posts . I'll even give you a topic starter if you want to speculate- can't say fairer than that.

Guest said:

Why did you not test the overclocking potential of this beautiful graphics card?

Staff
Steve Steve said:

Why did you not test the overclocking potential of this beautiful graphics card?

We ran out of time before the deadline. We have since had time to check out the overclocking. The core maxed out at 1210MHz. This only allowed for 1 - 2fps more when compared to the factory overclock.

Guest said:

Thank you for the additional information!

Guest said:

It's good to see that NV surprised us with a $399 price but it is not for a 4GB version. The 770 2GB doesn't look like a slam dunk as AMD's partners are already dropping prices on 7970Ghz Edition cards and 2GB of VRAM is not enough for next gen games/mods. You get 4 free games and for $380 a card with 3GB of VRAM that's barely slower than a GTX770:

[link]

Here is to hoping GTX760Ti brings HD7970 level of performance for $299 to shake up the market more.

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

Lol I knew you would point that out. The graphic was just a joke... I was saying that AMD may win the battle in a few months. I didnt want to provide any information.

Yes, WCCF is just a repackage, I still read from them.

JC17: AMD is gonna kick some nVidia ass in Q3

^You should edit the above comment you made, since AMD has said months ago they had no plans for a new GPU this year, you admitted it was a joke, and your "source" was a rumor.

D'oh!

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

I -=LOVE=- the replaceable fan idea! I can not count how many crappy little GPU fans have gone out in my years.

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