Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Even at Skyrim’s Ultra quality preset, these cards achieve very high average frame rates at 1920x1080.
GeForce GTX 660 shows up ahead of the GeForce GTX 760 and 660 Ti, perhaps a result of sensitivity to clock rate more so than available CUDA cores in this one title. Operating just as fast, GeForce GTX 760 achieves almost identical results. This could very well be the most logical explanation—GeForce GTX 770 smokes along at 1046 MHz with an even higher GPU Boost frequency, achieving notably higher frame rates in the process.
You don’t need massive graphics power for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. A GeForce GTX 760 has no trouble keeping its head above 80 FPS in our benchmark sequence.
Tiny frame time variance numbers assure us that you’ll enjoy Skyrim as smoothly on the AMD and Nvidia single-GPU configurations we’re testing.
Re-read the conclusion in question below. He doesn't say it is faster, he says this card will replace Don's recommendation for best $250 card and displace the 7950 Boost. ie. Don won't be recommending a $300 card that trades blows or barely beats a $250 card. If both were to end up $250, things change.
quote - "A quick reference to Best Graphics Cards For The Money: June 2013 shows that Don is currently recommending the Tahiti-based Radeon HD 7870 for $250. With almost certainty, the GeForce GTX 760 will take that honor next month, displacing the Radeon HD 7950 with Boost at $300 in the process."
test, given it does so well for the other CUDA tests, especially iRay and Blender?
Btw, I don't suppose you could include 580 SLI results for the game tests? ;)
Or do you have just the one 580?
My only gripe with the 760 is the misuse of a model number which allows one to
infer it should be quicker than older cards with 'lesser' names (660, etc.) when
infact it's often slower. I really wish NVIDIA would stop releasing products that
exhibit such enormous performance overlap. Given the evolutionary nature of
GPUs, and the time that has passed since the 600s launched, one might
reasonably expect a 760 to beat the 670 too, but it never does. To me, the
price drop is the only thing it has going for it. The endless meddling with shader
numbers, clocks, bus width, etc., creates an utter muddle of performance
response depending on the game. One really has to judge based on the
individual game rather than any general product description or spec summary.
I just hope Skyrim players with 660s don't upgrade on the assumption newer
model names mean better performance, but I expect some will.
Amazing performance at 250$. The 265bit memory interface does wonders for GK104.
Now I am wondering if there will even be a GTX760ti, while there is a large enough gap in the product stack, I have a feeling there is a chance there may not be a "ti" version.
Anyone know more?