EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC 2GB Graphics Card Review

EVGA GeForce GTX 760 Superclocked
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by Rob Williams on June 17, 2014 in Graphics & Displays

On the lookout for a gaming GPU at around the $250 mark? Need it to handle games at 1080p in great detail or 1440p at good detail? EVGA has a solution for both of those needs. It comes to us in the form of the GeForce GTX 760 Superclocked – complete with ACX cooler. Read on to see how it compares to NVIDIA’s reference model.

Best Playable: Single Display

For about as long as GPU-accelerated games have existed, an ideal performance target has been 60 frames-per-second. Owing thanks to this is the standard 60Hz monitor, which delivers its best result when the framerate matches its refresh rate. To make sure the monitor’s refresh rate and game’s framerate keep aligned, to avoid visible tearing, VSync should be enabled.

While I believe our Best Playable results will appeal to any gamer, they could especially prove useful to those intrigued by livingroom gaming or console replacements. The goal here is simple: With each game, the graphics settings are tweaked to deliver the best possible detail while keeping us as close to 60 FPS on average as possible.

Because our Metro Last Light and Total War: SHOGUN 2 tests are timedemos, and because this kind of testing is time-consuming, I am sticking to six out of the eight games I test with for inclusion here.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
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EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC4657
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 1920×1080
Environment:Very HighShadow:Very High
Texture:HighReflection:High
Anti-aliasing:FXAAGod Rays:High
Ambient Occlusion:OffVolumetric Fog:On
Motion BlurOn
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Best Playable - EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 7604859
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 1920×1080
Environment:Very HighShadow:Very High
Texture:HighReflection:High
Anti-aliasing:FXAAGod Rays:High
Ambient Occlusion:OffVolumetric Fog:On
Motion BlurOn
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Best Playable - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

Both GTX 760s can handle AC IV: Black Flag just fine at 1080p with ambient occlusion turned off. For some reason, EVGA’s card scored a bit lower, but that’s due to this being a manual run rather than a timedemo (it’s not that I’m poor at manually benchmarking; rather, it’s the fact that the game has many variables that come into play from one run to the next).

Battlefield 4
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EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC4561
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 2560×1440
Texture Quality:HighTexture Filtering:High
Lighting:HighEffects:High
Post Processing:HighMesh:High
Terrain:HighTerrain Decoration:High
Anti-aliasing Deferred:OffAnti-aliasing Post:Off
Ambient Occlusion:SSAO
Battlefield 4 - Best Playable - EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 7604561
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 2560×1440
Texture Quality:HighTexture Filtering:High
Lighting:HighEffects:High
Post Processing:HighMesh:High
Terrain:HighTerrain Decoration:High
Anti-aliasing Deferred:OffAnti-aliasing Post:Off
Ambient Occlusion:Off
Battlefield 4 - Best Playable - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

With the reference-clocked GTX 760, I put all settings on High and disabled AA and AO. On EVGA’s card, I was able to enable SSAO while retaining the exact same framerate. Also, unlike AC IV, I was able to stick to the top 1440p resolution with BF 4.

Crysis 3
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EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC4363
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 1920×1080
Anti-aliasing:FXAATexture:High
Effects:HighObject:High
Particles:HighPost Processing:High
Shading:HighShadows:High
Water:HighAnisotropic Filtering:x16
Motion Blur:MediumLens Flares:Yes
Crysis 3 - Best Playable - EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 7603961
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 1920×1080
Anti-aliasing:FXAATexture:High
Effects:HighObject:High
Particles:HighPost Processing:High
Shading:HighShadows:High
Water:HighAnisotropic Filtering:x16
Motion Blur:MediumLens Flares:Yes
Crysis 3 - Best Playable - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

It might not come as a huge surprise, but running Crysis 3 at 1440p on a $250 graphics card is hard. So hard, that I decided to bump down to 1080p and retain those High detail settings. For 1440p to become truly playable, you’ll need to disable too much.

GRID 2
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EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC5562
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 2560×1440
Multisampling:4x MSAANight Lighting:High
Shadows:UltraAdvanced Fog:On
Particles:UltraCrowd:Ultra
Cloth:HighAmbient Occlusion:Low
Soft Ambient Occlusion:OffGround Cover:High
Vehicle Details:UltraTrees:Ultra
Objects:UltraVehicle Reflections:Ultra
Water:HighPost Process:High
Skidmarks:OnAdvanced Lighting:On
Global Illumination:OffAnisotropic Filtering:Ultra
GRID 2 - Best Playable - EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 7606168
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 2560×1440
Multisampling:4x MSAANight Lighting:High
Shadows:HighAdvanced Fog:On
Particles:UltraCrowd:Ultra
Cloth:HighAmbient Occlusion:Low
Soft Ambient Occlusion:OffGround Cover:High
Vehicle Details:UltraTrees:Ultra
Objects:UltraVehicle Reflections:Ultra
Water:HighPost Process:High
Skidmarks:OnAdvanced Lighting:On
Global Illumination:OffAnisotropic Filtering:Ultra
GRID 2 - Best Playable - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

At 60+ FPS, both GTX 760s handle GRID 2 great at 1440p, although EVGA’s card allowed me to boost the Shadow quality to Ultra (from High).

Sleeping Dogs
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EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC6173
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 2560×1440
Anti-aliasing:NormalHigh-res Textures:On
Shadow Resolution:HighShadow Filtering:High
Ambient Occlusion:HighMotion Blur:High
World Density:Extreme
Sleeping Dogs - Best Playable - EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 7605466
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 2560×1440
Anti-aliasing:NormalHigh-res Textures:On
Shadow Resolution:HighShadow Filtering:High
Ambient Occlusion:HighMotion Blur:High
World Density:Extreme
Sleeping Dogs - Best Playable - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

As with most GPUs I’ve run through the Best Playable gauntlet, Sleeping Dogs is best-played when the anti-aliasing is degraded to Normal. Admittedly, this is just fine, since the game’s AA implementation is junk, at best.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist
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EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC5265
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 2560×1440
Texture Detail:UltraShadow:High
Parallax:OnTessellation:On
Texture Filtering:16xAmbient Occlusion:Off
Anti-aliasing:FXAA
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist - Best Playable - EVGA GeForce GTX 760 SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 7604859
Graphics Settings
& Ingame ScreenshotResolution: 2560×1440
Texture Detail:UltraShadow:High
Parallax:OnTessellation:On
Texture Filtering:16xAmbient Occlusion:Off
Anti-aliasing:FXAA
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist - Best Playable - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

Wrapping-up, both GTX 760s handle the same graphical details, but as expected, EVGA’s card gives the FPS a little boost.