For those interested in NVIDIA’s latest GTX 700 series but are unable or willing to part with $400+, the company’s third and final launch (until the fall, at least) should interest you. It’s the GTX 760, comes in at $249, is built upon the GK104 architecture, and happens to offer some great performance for your hard-earned buck.
Game Tests: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Total War: SHOGUN 2
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.
I am not sure how many people are actually planning to run 3 monitors on their GTX 760, but if they do, they can expect some fantastic performance out of Skyrim. Bear in mind that we’re not running any visual enhancement mods, but at 117 FPS for 1080p, you can expect quite a bit of breathing-room.
Total War: SHOGUN 2
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.
At 1080p, SHOGUN 2 runs like a dream on the 760. Things don’t fare too well in our multi-monitor resolutions, but thankfully, the level of control over graphics settings in this game would make it very easy to obtain playable results. And let me tell you, this is a game made for multiple monitors.