EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC Edition Graphics Card Review
When NVIDIA began releasing their latest generation of cards with the GTX Titan in April they managed to exceed the performance of every other single GPU solution around. Following it with the GTX 780, a cut down version of the same GPU, they brought some great performance to the high end of the market at a price more consumers could afford. With the GTX 770 NVIDIA decided the best route to take was tweaking the GTX 680 architecture and releasing this revised GPU as the GTX 770. We covered a number of those cards at launch and found them to offer a really nice balance of price and performance.
Today we take a look at one of the newest GTX 770 models on the market, EVGA’s Superclocked Edition. The GTX 770 SC features a new cooler from EVGA as well as a few other tweaks that help to differentiate this from competing models. We’ll be putting it through a selection of real world tests against its direct competition from AMD to see how it does in titles like Crysis 3, DOTA2 and Metro: Last Light.
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC Edition (Superclocked)
EVGA go for some nice plain packaging on this card and focus on some key specifications. Inside we find a thorough bundle which includes a large gaming poster, product documentation, product software, stickers, case badge, DVI to VGA adapter and power cables. As is normal for this brand some of the extras are wrapped in high quality bags and it is worth noting that NVIDIA offer their new bundle with this card, a free copy of the latest Splinter Cell game when it is released.
In the past EVGA have tended to stick with the NVIDIA reference cooler on many of their overclocked cards but not in this case. Here we get the Active Cooling Xtreme heatsink and fans. This means a metal shroud with gold effect trim covering the blocks of aluminium fins, 5 heatpipes and copper GPU blocks. EVGA also apply a baseplate to provide stability to the PCB, separate the two fans for minimal turbulence and have created their own fan blade design to maximise airflow. The enhancements don’t stop there though as instead of the standard fan bearings we get high quality dual ball bearing versions (comparison shown above).
Flipping the card round we can see the high quality finish on the PCB as well as the presence of dual SLI connectors for 3-way SLI configurations.
The 770 is powered by six and eight pin power inputs which combine with the PCIe slot for the 230w (approx.) power rating. Round at the card outputs we find a dual DVI, HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort connectors. The GTX 770 is capable of running four screens at one time with three available for surround gaming at resolutions such as 5760×1080 and the fourth running off a separate controller for desktop applications such as messaging.
The reference specifications for the 28nm GeForce GTX 770 are 1046MHz core (base clock) with a boost clock of 1085MHz and the 2GB of GDDR5 memory is set to 1753MHz. EVGA move that core up to 1111MHz base and 1163MHz Boost. There are 128 Texture units within the core along with 32 ROPS, 4 graphics processing clusters and 8 streaming multiprocessors. For the CUDA Cores NVIDIA have gone for a 1536 "core" design and our memory bus is 256-bit (4×64). PCIe 3.0, DirectX 11.1 and DirectCompute are all supported on this card as is acceleration of high definition content and the card can output 7.1 audio over HDMI as well as support PhysX, 4K displays and 3D Vision.
It is also worth noting some changes EVGA recently made to their warranty policy…
- Most EVGA products now carry a 3 Year Warranty (also upgradable to 5 or 10 years upon registration).
- Product warranty covers the product, not the user.
- Registration is no longer required for RMAs with our Guest RMA process.
- Step-Up and Extended Warranties will be available for all original owners registered with the new global RMA system within 30 days of the purchase.
- If you move, you can send your product back to your local warranty centre no matter what region you purchased it in.
- A new Standard Cross-Shipping RMA service is available.