MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC GTX 760 Overclocking Review

We take the new MSI N760 TF 2GD5/OC video card and overclock it to its highest potential with MSI Afterburner. We don't stop there, we also overclock all the comparison cards to their highest potential, and see if the GTX 760 can still hold its own. We also compare performance with the Radeon HD 7950.

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MSI N760 OC vs. HD 7950 Performance

In all the graphs below apples-to-apples settings are being compared on each video card at stock clock settings.

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In this graph we are comparing Crysis 3 at 1920x1080 with 4X SMAA enabled and "High" settings. The new MSI N760 OC is slightly faster than the Radeon HD 7950 Boost. It is 5% faster, not something you'd notice in-game, but it does technically hold the performance advantage. The Radeon HD 7950 Boost is faster than the GeForce GTX 660 Ti and 12% faster than the PowerColor 7870 MYST. Right off the bat, it is looking good for the new GeForce GTX 760.

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We didn't want to leave the GeForce GTX 670 out, so we have included here comparing at 1920x1080 at 2TX SMAA and "Very High" settings. Keep in mind the GeForce GTX 670 is more expensive than the Radeon HD 7950 Boost, and it is just a tad faster in performance. The MSI N760 OC however is faster than both. This time it gains more performance over the HD 7950, almost 9% faster.

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In this comparison we are comparing Far Cry 3 at 1920x1080 with 2X MSAA and "Ultra" in-game settings. We once again find the MSI N760 OC slightly faster than the Radeon HD 7950 Boost. Here, the difference is smaller than in Crysis 3 though, and practically the same gameplay experience.

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We pushed Far Cry 3 up to 4X MSAA to stress all the GPUs and included the GeForce GTX 670 above. Even at 4X MSAA, the MSI N760 OC ever so slightly outperforms the Radeon HD 7950 Boost, but it's so close the experience is the same. The GTX 670 is right on par with the HD 7950 Boost.

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In the above comparison we are comparing Metro: Last Light at 1920x1080 with "Very High" settings and "Very High" tessellation enabled. This is the highest in-game settings. The MSI N760 OC outperforms the Radeon HD 7950 Boost a good amount, 13% faster in this game.

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With the same settings in the game, only the GeForce GTX 670 added for comparison we can see the GTX 670 is also faster than the Radeon HD 7950 Boost in this game.

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Now we are comparing Tomb Raider at 1920x1080 with the highest in-game settings and TressFX enabled to really push these GPUs as hard as we can. This is the first, and only game, where the Radeon HD 7950 Boost has a performance advantage over the MSI N760 OC. The HD 7950 Boost is 13% faster than the MSI N760 OC.

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We have now added in the GeForce GTX 670, at the same settings, and the GTX 670 can't quite keep up with the HD 7950 Boost here. The reason why is because of TressFX. It is highly optimized for Radeon GPUs, but not so much for NVIDIA GPUs. TressFX is a technology created by AMD, and NVIDIA GPUs typically lag behind in TressFX performance.