What do you like to do on your down time? If it's PC gaming, I hope you have a newer video card. The last few games I have tested challenged the most advanced video cards. Yes, that includes the most recent by both AMD and NVIDIA. If you haven't moved to a DirectX 11 video card by now, you sure don't know what you are missing. Without having to get into the technology or long definitions, DirectX 11 has enabled developers to create extremely lifelike 3D graphics. In order to convert all those triangles into life like images, you will need all those rasterizers and SMX cores as well as stronger overall compute power. Before I go further, even when the new DirectX 11 consoles are launched, you still won't be able harness the processing power a discrete DirectX 11 graphics card offers.
It wasn't until early this year that (per Steam Survey) I began to see DirectX 11 graphics cards make a stand against DirectX 9/10 in desktop systems. Two reasons: the age of the older models or the inability to play the next game in a favorite series. As developers push the limits, PC gamers have begun to understand that there is a need for a graphics processor that will afford them the time to enjoy future evolutions of their favorite series games. Although I don't like to use future proof, I will use the words future and proof in a sentence. The future of PC gaming is dependent on those who desire to push the limits of their graphics cards and this is proof that PC gaming is not end of life.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 is proof that PC gaming has not died. The GTX 760 is priced at $249.00 and is the newest member of the NVIDIA graphics 700 series DirectX 11 graphics cards. The Geforce GTX 760 has 3 to 4 graphics clusters, 6 SMX processors, 1152 CUDA cores, a base clock of 980 and a GPU boost of 1033. Unlike GPU boost, GPU boost 2.0's thermal thresholds can be manually set to maintain a more constant GPU boost. The GTX 760 contains the GK104 graphics processor, which differs from its predecessor the GTX 660, which contained the GK106 processor. Other differences include a 256-bit memory interface 2GB of GDDR5 memory and TDP of 170W. Could the Geforce GTX 760 be the wolf in sheep's clothing?