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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Overclocking MSI N760 OC Performance

In all the graphs below apples-to-apples settings are being compared on each video card at overclocked settings as shown in the graph. First number in parenthesis is the core clock in MHz, second number is the memory clock in GHz. Real-world in-game frequencies are reported. We did not include the GeForce GTX 670 this time because it is much higher out of the price range for comparison than even the Radeon HD 7950. However, we did include overclocked Radeon HD 7950 just for comparison here.

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In this graph we are comparing Crysis 3 at 1920x1080 with 2TX SMAA enabled and "High" settings. Overclocking has helped bring every card into the 70s FPS average, except for the MYST Edition. The MSI N760 OC overclocked performance is just slightly under AMD Radeon HD 7950 overclocked performance. The difference is so small though that in-game it cannot be detected and the gameplay experience is the same. The same can also be said for the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which has really improved with that incredible overclock we achieved on that card.

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In this graph we are comparing Crysis 3 at 4X SMAA at "High" settings now. This increased SMAA setting puts a big burden on shader performance required for this game. The Radeon HD 7950 overclocked performance starts to take a bigger lead over the MSI N760 OC at this higher, more demanding shader heavy setting. The difference is only 6%, and the game felt the same between these, but it is larger than it was at 2TX SMAA. There is no doubt the MSI N760 OC overclocked is a lot faster than the PowerColor HD 7870 MYST overclocked.

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In this comparison we are comparing Far Cry 3 at 1920x1080 with 2X MSAA and "Ultra" in-game settings. We see once again that the overclocked Radeon HD 7950 just edges out the overclocked MSI N760 OC overclocked, in terms of raw performance. But the differences are so small that in-game it feels the same.

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We pushed Far Cry 3 up to 4X MSAA to stress all the GPUs. You can see that as we move the MSAA level upwards the Radeon HD 7950 starts to take bigger leads over the MSI N760 OC in raw performance. Yet, the performance is still so close that in-game we can't tell a difference.

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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. Once again the AMD Radeon HD 7950 has a slight advantage in performance. The MSI N760 OC overclocked is a lot faster than the PowerColor HD 7870 MYST though.

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Finally, in Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled the overclocked AMD Radeon HD 7950 takes a commanding lead over the MSI N760 OC. We all know that TressFX just performs better on AMD GPUs.

One thing this overclocking experience has shown is how much better the MSI N760 OC improves with overclocking. A lot of these settings that weren't playable before the overclock, are now playable after the overclock like 4X SMAA in Crysis 3 and 4X MSAA in Far Cry 3.