It's 2013 and last year's late winter brought one of the coldest and longest on record. As a matter of fact, most of the United States had snow fall until mid-April. Most consumers follow one of two cycles when upgrading their computer components. Those who upgrade right around the New Year and others that upgrade during the spring. There is a reason for this, the two biggest consumer electronics shows, CES and Computex. No respectful component manufacturer would miss the opportunity to show off their latest and greatest, so twice a year we are blessed with many new product launches. This year at Computex, NVIDIA will be showcasing their newest line of discrete video cards, the Geforce GTX 700 Series.
It's been about three years since NVIDIA beat AMD to the punch with an upgrade to their lineup. Although the GTX 700 series is not a new architecture, it does boast increase performance by adding more cores, better memory and increased gaming experience. With these upgrades, NVIDIA introduced GPU Boost 2.0, which is developed to maintain a more consistent increase in performance than its predecessor by linking the thermal threshold to the power target. Out of beta testing is the GeForce Experience, an application developed to help the user choose the best possible settings to achieve the smoothest and most enjoyable gaming experience based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX video card you have in your system. The focus of this review will be on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 since the flagship GTX 780 was launched just a short time ago.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 is based on the Kepler GK104 graphics processor. The GTX 770 can be considered a rebranded GTX 680 since it uses the same processor but there have been many upgrades. The GTX 770 now comes with higher clock speeds, 7GB/s memory modules with a peak bandwidth of 224.3 GB/s, GPU Boost 2.0 and will come in two different variations, 2 or 4 GB. The 4 GB version focuses on those who crave the gaming experience of multi-monitors or ultra HD resolutions.