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The GeForce GTX 770 Review: Calling In A Hit On Radeon HD 7970?

Single-Card Results: BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite responds a lot more dramatically to the 770’s extra frequency and memory bandwidth, delivering an average frame rate 36% higher than GeForce GTX 680. That boost is pronounced enough to put the 770 ahead of Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (though again, it’s practically a tie).

You can see the GeForce GTX 770 and Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition flirting with a 40 FPS minimum. However, the 680 touches 30 FPS, which is lower than we’d like to see. In this case, one of those two faster boards could be what it takes to play BioShock at 2560x1440 smoothly.

Again, the 770 and 7970 GHz Edition give us our two best results when it comes to the difference in the time it takes to deliver successive frames. Nvidia was very specific with me that its 320.18 drivers (the one used to benchmark GTX 770 and 780) include targeted frame time optimizations not present in 320.00. It’s possible, if not probable, that we’re seeing the result of those tweaks in BioShock.

  • jessterman21
    Amazing - this oughtta shake up the market!
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  • GMPoisoN
    CF 7970s > All
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  • EzioAs
    Thanks for the article.

    Kind of an expected performance increase. Seeing overclocked GTX 680 review was conclusive enough unless you've never seen one. Never expected this card to be getting the Smart Buy award though to be completely honest.

    Hey, how about another title for the review?
    - GTX 680 Gets a New Cooler, BIOS Update and Price Drop! -

    No? I'll think of a better one...
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  • CarolKarine
    the fact that every single site is comparing nvidia's next-gen stuff with AMD's current gen stuff kinda sickens me. don't start throwing around "Nvidia's got this gen in the bag" till we see what AMD comes up with. they've had what, 1 1/2, 2 years? I'm hoping for GCN 2 and a die shrink on a new architecture.
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  • Memnarchon
    EzioAsNever expected this card to be getting the Smart Buy award though to be completely honest.Better power consumption than 7970GE.
    Less noise than 7970GE.
    Runs cooler than 7970GE.
    Same FPS as 7970GE.
    $50 less cost.

    Yeah indeed, why to get the Smart Buy award I wonder...
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  • Novuake
    That is some aggressive pricing right there! LOL
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  • rmpumper
    Finally, a card that will drop the prices of hd7000 and gtx600 GPUs.
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  • tlg
    Well in the UK the GTX770 is still more expensive than the HD7970.
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  • GMPoisoN
    10884687 said:
    When you factor in the 4 games that come with the HD7970 GHz Edition, it is still cheaper than the GTX 770. I find it odd that nVidia had over a year to come up with something to beat AMD in single GPU performance at this price point but failed to deliver.

    Yes, there is a bit of power savings. Yes, multi-GPU performance is better. But, that is nothing new. I also wouldn't expect future drivers to deliver much in the way of performance improvements since this card is essentially a GTX 680 v2.

    Ultimately, I expected more from nVidia. Yes, this is a polished card out of the gate. But I'm not sure the release of this card will affect AMDs bottom line as things currently stand, performance wise.

    Agreed. Sapphire 7970 Ghz ftw <3
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  • SiliconWars
    None of Nvidia's partners are using the reference cooler so this is just a scam to get better turbo clock speeds and good scores on quiet and cool operation. You've been had Chris and now you've spread Nvidia's lies to your readership.
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