titleNow that we have taken a look at the GTX 760 from Nvidia, which of course means it is time to see what some of the other manufactures have done with their GTX 760 designs. First up is a look at a card from EVGA called the GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX. Some of you might remember the GTX 770 ACX that we recently took a look at, this is very similar. Hopefully the performance that we saw with the GTX 770 ACX will be similar to the GTX 760 ACX; if that is the case we should be very happy with the card. Of course there is only one way to find out, read on to see.

Product Name: EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX

Review Sample Provided by: EVGA

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

Specifications

Graphics Processing Clusters

3 or 4

Streaming Multiprocessors

6

CUDA Cores

1152

Texture Units

96

ROP Units

32

Base Clock

1072 MHz

Boost Clock

1137 MHz

Memory Clock (Data rate)

6008 MHz

L2 Cache Size

512K

Total Video Memory

2048MB GDDR5

Memory Interface

256-bit

Total Memory Bandwidth

192.26 GB/s

Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear)

94.1 GigaTexels/sec

Fabrication Process

28 nm

Transistor Count

3.54 Billion

Connectors

2 x Dual-Link DVI

1 xHDMI

1 x DisplayPort

Form Factor

Dual Slot

Power Connectors

2 x  6-pin

Recommended Power Supply

500 Watts

Thermal Design Power (TDP)

170 Watts

Thermal Threshold2

95° C

 


Packaging

The packaging for the EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX is basically the same as what we saw with their GTX 770 ACX. The front of the box has the EVGA logo in large letters and the typical GTX 760 logo on the right side. They did slip a little important info on the front as well with a logo showing that the card is capable of running in 3 way SLI, this way you can just pick up two more while you are in the store. On the flip side of the packaging we have a full feature list and a list of everything you will find inside of the box. There is also a photo of the actual card as well as a photo of the rear connections so anyone picking it up will know if their monitors will work with the GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX.

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Inside we have a user manual, a few different notices and warnings. Along with those you get the drive disk that also has a nice metal case badge tucked away inside. You also get two of the EVGA enthusiast built stickers for you to stick around your office. 

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Game of Throne and EVGA fans will both love the Game of Pwns posters that come with the card as well.

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Accessories also include a dual six pin to 8 pin cable, a dual Molex to 6 pin and also a DVI to VGA adapter. The dual six pin to 8 pin cable is especially interesting because EVGA has gone a step farther and sleeved it all individually in all black to give it a little extra style.

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Card Layout and Photos

The GTX 770 ACX that I took a look at recently was my first experience with EVGA’s new ACX designs. After getting it on the test bench I was extremely impressed, my only complaint at the time was that I was also very fond of the GTX 770’s all metal fan shroud as well. Well here on the GTX 760 that isn’t a worry at all. Going from the reference GTX 760 to this card its night and day aesthetically. As a car guy the design reminds me of an all blacked out car with large rims. Everything on the card is black other than the metal trimming along the top edge and on the side where they keep all of the branding. This gives it a very clean and discrete look that a lot of people are into.

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Here is a nice breakdown of what ACX is all about. As you can see, EVGA designed the ACX cooling with a small wall of heatsink fins in between the two fans to keep turbulence down. This should help keep noise down as well as make for more efficient cooling. Another key feature is the double ball bearing design in each of the fans. This is important again for keeping the noise as low as possible while extending the life of the fans as well.

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EVGA also did a good job of making sure you can look and see what card you have as well. A lot of companies don’t include any markings on the top edge or when they do it’s something general like their brand. It’s nice to be able to show off the specific card. In this case everything can be found on the top edge as well as on the middle of the side of the card. Both locations are easy to see when looking but don’t stand out to much that it might take away from the look of the card in your pc.

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Just like the GTX 770 ACX, the EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX is an open air design. Its most obvious on the end where it is completely open but there are also openings along the bottom of the card as well. This mean that hot air being blown off the card will be pushed into your case not all out the back like the reference design. This leaves more room for better cooling, but if your case hardly has any cooling this will add to the heat on your motherboard, cpu, and hard drives.

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On the flip side, things are equally as interesting. If you remember, the reference card uses a short PCB design while this card has a full length PCB. If you look closely you can see that the power connections are basically in the same spot, they just used the additional PCB space to spread things out a little and most importantly they did this to include support mounting holes for the ACX cooling.

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Just like the reference card the EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX does have two SLI bridge connections; this means the cards support triple SLI if you need to expand in the future.

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The rear slot of the EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX does have the high flow bracket that flows a lot more air than the stock slot cover. They were able to do that by opening up every vent even larger with small sections of metal between them. They also added slots above the DVI slots and around the DisplayPort and HDMI connections. Speaking of, for connections you still get the same dual DVI, HDMI, and Displayport connections that we have seen for the past few years. Only one of the DVI ports will support a DVI to VGA adapter as well.

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For power connections the reference card required two six pin cables while this card needs a six pin and an eight pin, I would guess that the 170 TDP of the reference card was pushing things a little and EVGA wanted to make sure there was enough power for the overclocked card.

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When you put the reference card next to the EVGA GTX 760 SC ACX we can really see how much better it looks. This is a great looking card and the two large fans help both with its performance and its styling. Size wise the EVGA card takes up the same amount of space although as we saw before the PCB is considerably longer than the reference design.

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Our Test Rig and Procedures

Our Test Rig

CPU

Intel i7-3960X

Memory

Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM Quad Channel  (4x4GB)

Motherboard

Asus Rampage IV X79 Motherboard 

Cooling

Intel Active Thermal Solution RTS2011LC

Power Supply

Cooler Master Gold Series 1200 Watt PSU

Storage

Kingston Hyper X 120 SSD

Seagate Constellation 2tb Hard drive 

Case

High Speed PC Test Bench

 

Our Testing Procedures

Bioshock Infinite 

Using the Adrenaline Action Benchmark Tool we run Bioshock Infinite on the “Xtreme” quality setting. This has a resolution of 1920x1080, FXAA turned on, Ultra Texture detail, 16x Aniso Texture Filtering, Ultra Dynamic Shadows, Normal Postprocessing, Light Shafts on, Ambient Occlusion set to ultra, and the Level of Detail set to Ultra as well.

Tomb Raider

Using the Adrenaline Action Benchmark Tool we run Tomb Raider on the “Xtreme” quality setting. This has a resolution of 1920x1080, Exclusive Fullscreen turned on, Anti-Aliasing set to 2xSSAA, Texture Quality set to Ultra, Texture Aniso set to 16x Aniso, Hair Quality set to TressFX, Shadow set to Normal, Shadow Resolution on High, Ultra SSAO, Ultra Depth of Field, High Reflection quality, Ultra LOD scale, Post Processing On, High Precision RT turned on, and Tessellation is also turned on. 

Hitman: Absolution

Using the Adrenaline Action Benchmark Tool we run Hitman: Absolution on the “Xtreme” quality setting other than the MSAA setting is turned down from 8x to 2x. That setting puts the resolution at 1920x1080, MSAA is set to 2x, Texture Quality is set to High, Texture Aniso is set to 16x, Shadows are on Ultra, SSA is set to high, Global Illumination is turned on, Reflections are set to High, FXAA is on, Level of Detail is set to Ultra, Depth of Field is high, Tessellation is turned on, and Bloom is set to normal.

Sleeping Dogs

Using the Adrenaline Action Benchmark Tool we run Sleeping Dogs on the “Xtreme” quality setting. That means our resolution is set to 1920x1080, Anti-Aliasing is set to Extreme, Texture Quality is set to High-Res, Shadow Quality is High, Shadow Filter is set to high, SSAO is set to High, Motion Blur Level is set to High, and World Density is set to Extreme.

F1 2012

We use the built in benchmark for F1 2012. We set our resolution to 1920x1080 and then use the “Ultra” setting.

Batman Arkham Asylum

We used the built-in benchmark set to 1920 x 1080, Multi Sample AA 16XQ, Detail Level, Very High, Bloom: Yes, Dynamic Shadows: Yes, Motion Blur: Yes, Distortion: Yes, Fog Volumes: Yes, Spherical Harmonic Lighting: Yes, Ambient Occlusion: Yes, PhysX: Off

Total War: Shogun 2

Direct X11 Benchmark High setting

Crysis 2

Using Adrenaline Crysis 2 benchmark.  1080p, 4x Anti-Aliasing, DX11, Laplace Edge Detection Edge AA, on the Times Square map, with hi res textures turned on.

Battlefield 3

Using Fraps with the game set to Ultra settings with 4x MSAA Antialiasing Deferred, 16X Anisotropic Filter, at 1920x1080.

Sniper V2 Elite

1920 x 1080 resolution, graphics detail set to ultra

Dirt Showdown

1920 x 1080 resolution, 4x MSAA multisampling, Vsync off, Shadows: ultra; Post Process: High; Night Lighting: High; Vehicle Reflections: Ultra; Ambient Occlusion: Ultra; Water: high; Objects: Ultra; Trees: Ultra; Crowd: Ultra; Ground Cover: High.

Metro Last Light

Using the included benchmark tool. The settings are set to 1920x1080, DirectX 11, quality is set to very high, Texture filtering is untouched at 4x, and motion blue is set to normal. SSAA is unselected, PhysX is unselected, Tessellation is off. We run through scene D6 three times to get an average score.

Synthetic Benchmarks

For video cards our synthetic benchmarks are limited to 3DMark Vantage 2011, and 3DMark 2013 (AKA 3DMark). In 3DMark Vantage 2011 we run both performance and extreme benchmarks. The same goes for the most current version of 3DMark, we run through Fire Strike on standard and extreme settings.

Unreal Heaven Benchmark 4.0

Using the “Extreme” preset

Unreal Heaven Benchmark 4.0 heat testing

We run through Unreal Heaven at 1080p for 30 minutes to test in game heat performance and noise output of the card while under load.

Power Usage

Using Unreal Heaven Benchmark 4.0, we get our “load” power usage number from the peak power usage during our test. We get our numbers from a Kill-A-Watt connected to the test benches power cord.

Noise Testing

Our Noise testing is done using a decibel meter 3 inches away from the video card on the bottom/fan side of the card. We test an idle noise level and then to get an idea of how loud the card will get if it warms all the way up we also turn the fan speed up to 100% and test again. The 100% test isn’t a representation of typical in game noise levels, but it will show you how loud a card can be if you run it at its highest setting or if it gets very hot.

 


 

Cooling, Noise, and Power

Well we already knew what the reference GTX 760 would pull under load but even though the EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX has the same TDP I had a feeling it would pull a little more with its overclock and dual fans pulling more power. Interestingly enough it pulled 11 watts more, just three watts less than the GTX 670 did when I tested it earlier this month. Oddly enough though, idle power was a tick less than the reference design, I’m guessing that the improved cooling pulls a little less power at idle because it doesn’t need to spool the fans up as much.

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When it came to our noise testing, I was really hoping to see a big improvement over the reference card. I mean in the image that EVGA provided that shows off the ACX coolings features, a big portion of the design was focused on noise output with things like the dual ball bearing fans and a design that prevents the two fans from creating turbulence. Because of that I was a little surprised when the numbers at 100% fan speed show this card to be slightly louder than stock. What it comes down to though is the ACX cooling doesn’t need to run at 100% fan speed, so during every day use its going to be quieter, even though our tests don’t really show that.

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Speaking of that, part of keeping everything quiet is a design that runs cool so the fans don’t need to run as fast. After running the GTX 760 SC ACX through Unreal Heaven Benchmark 4.0 my results had the card considerably cooler than the reference design but also oddly enough it was warmer than the GTX 770 with the same cooling. This could be related to the higher clock speeds over the GTX 770 though, or it is possible that EVGA has adjusted their cooling profile a little.

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Synthetic Benchmarks

I didn’t talk about it too much before, but the GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX is an overclocked card as the name implies. A stock GTX 760 comes with a base clock of 980 Mhz and a boost clock of 1033 Mhz while this card’s base clock is faster than the reference boost clock at 1072 Mhz and its boost clock is 1137 Mhz. That means although we have a good idea of how it should perform just by going off our previous numbers, we get to see how the GTX 760 will perform with a healthy overclock. As you can see in 3DMark Fire Strike for example, the overclock gave the GTX 760 a nice bump in performance. It meant the difference between coming in behind the GTX 670 and with the overclock coming in ahead of it. The extra boost also helped push this card up closer to the performance we saw from the HD 7970 when I retested in earlier this month, I don’t think you could ask for any more performance from a card that is more than few steps down from the top of Nvidia’s current cards.

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In Game Benchmarks

Okay so the GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX performed well in our synthetic benchmarks, big whoop right? If you are reading this you are more curious how well it pushed the games in our benchmark suite. Well in most of our tests the GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX pulled in a few extra fps over the GTX 760 reference card. That might not mean much in some games, but sometimes that can be the difference between smooth gameplay and a distracting low fps. More importantly, this is still a GTX 760, so you are basically getting this extra performance on the cheap over a reference designed card.

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Overclocking

Well my overclocking on the reference card from Nvidia gave me was very impressive. But I was very interested in seeing how consistent my results would be. For one, the way they select the GPU’s for a card like the GTX 760 with some of the SMX cores turned off means they are able to use GPU’s that may have failed for other cards like the GTX 770. This is great for keeping prices down but sometimes this can lead to inconsistent overclocks from card to card. Going off our previous results I was able to start with a 200 Mhz GPU offset to save a little time. Interestingly enough though, the GPU clock speed with a 200 Mhz offset was 1215 Mhz. This was noticeably lower than what we saw with the reference card. In fact, when I continued on I wasn’t able to get any more out of the card with my only other pass result being a 215 Mhz offset with the same resulting speed.

When it came to memory tests my results were a little more promising than the GPU. After a little work I was able to bump it up to a memory offset of 525Mhz without experiencing any artifacts, glitches, or crashes. Of course going to 550 resulted in a catastrophic crash of both 3DMark and my display driver, so be careful to not push it too far. This gave me an end result of 3524Mhz or 7048 Mhz. Not bad at all!

In the end it is clear that not every card is going to perform consistently when it comes to overclocking with the GTX 760’s. It will be luck of the draw even more so than normal, but even so I was still able to get respectable results with this card. They just were not as impressive as with our reference card.

GPU Clock Speed Overclocking

GPU Clock Speed Offset

Pass/Fail

Resulting GPU Speed

FPS Result

Notes

200Mhz

Pass

1215Mhz

40.53

 

250Mhz

Fail

N/A

N/A

Driver Crash

225Mhz

Fail

N/A

N/A

Driver Crash

215Mhz

Pass

1215Mhz

40.53

 

 

Memory Clock Offset Overclocking

Memory Clock Speed Offset

Pass/Fail

Resulting Memory Speed

FPS Result

Notes

400Mhz

Pass

3402Mhz

40.90

 

500Mhz

Pass

3506Mhz

40.97

 

600Mhz

Fail

3602Mhz

N/A

Driver and 3DMark Crash

550MhZ

Fail

3557Mhz

N/A

Driver and 3DMark Crash

525MhZ

Pass

3524Mhz

40.94

 

 

 


Overall and Final Verdict

Looking at an overclocked card is always interesting. I mean after seeing the performance of the reference card we already have our expectations set. Because of this sometimes checking out a card like the GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX can be underwhelming, but I can say without a doubt that this isn’t one of those times. The reference GTX 760 left a little to be desired both in its cooling as well as styling. EVGA did a great job improving on both of those things. I think the ACX cooling of the EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX is going to look great in any build without drawing to much attention as well. Even better yet was the boost in performance that I saw over the stock speeds with the GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX’s overclock. The overclocked numbers inched close and sometimes beyond the performance of the GTX 670, at a considerably lower cost. Speaking of cost, this card is going to run you $259.99 at launch, $10 more than the reference card. For $10 you are getting much better cooling, styling, and a big boost in performance.

 

My only complaint about the card at all was that my overclocking results didn’t live up to the expectations that I saw with the reference card, but this is unrelated to the GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX. The GTX 760 is just going to be hit and miss for overclocking. Anyhow, if you are on the market for a GTX 760, I would highly recommend picking up this card, considering the price over a stock card you really can’t ask for anything more. 

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You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31564 28 Jun 2013 03:40
Today we take a look at the EVGA GTX 760 Superclocked w/ACX

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