Though it might seem a bit unusual to see NVIDIA let loose its GTX 770 a mere week after its 780 launch, here’s something to clear things up: $399. Built on GK104 (not GK110, like the 780), the GTX 770 is in effect a beefed-up GTX 680. It boasts 700 series features, NVIDIA’s latest cooler, and of course, a savings of about $100.
Of all the games we test with in our current suite, there is no other that’s likely to suck hundreds of hours out of your life than Skyrim. An expansive world, in-depth game mechanics, and the feeling that there’s always something to do… it’s no wonder the game has hit the right mark with so many people. While not the most graphically-intensive game, we like to test with it due to its popularity and the fact that it scales well in performance.
Manual Run-through: From the entry point in Markarth, our path leads us around the entire city, ultimately bringing us back to where we started.
Much like how DiRT: Showdown tends to run quite well on AMD hardware, Skyrim is much the same for NVIDIA, as is proven here. The 680 and 770 align at 1080p, but with the added stress that higher resolutions bring, the 770 inches ahead of the 680.
Strategy games are well-known for pushing the limits of any system, and few others do this as well as Total War: SHOGUN 2. It fully supports DX11, has huge battlefields to oversee with hundreds or thousands of units, and a ton of graphics options to adjust. It’s quite simply a beast of a game.
Manual Run-through: While we normally dislike timedemos, because strategy games such as this are very difficult to benchmark reliably, we’ve opted to use the built-in benchmark instead.
Given what we’ve seen so far, performance is just as we’d expect. To see how the GTX 770 fares in three current titles, let’s head on over to the next page.