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.


Overclocking the MSI N760 OC

To overclock the MSI N760 OC we utilized the latest Beta version of MSI Afterburner. We used 3.0.0 Beta 10. All controls were present and worked without issue; the card was supported in this version.

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This shows GPUz and MSI Afterburner at the default settings, before overclocking. Note that core voltage was not unlocked, we had to go into the settings and enable voltage control and voltage monitoring so we could monitor the voltage in-game.

We found that while gaming, our real-world gaming frequency of the GPU was 1150MHz at 1.2v. We never saw the voltage fluctuate, or the frequency. The GPU was cool in the 60's temp range the entire time, and this let GPU Boost set the GPU to 1150MHz in even the most power demanding games like Crysis 3. Therefore, 1150MHz was our starting point for overclocking.

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We were pleased to find that we could set the power limit to a high 145%. This is the highest power limit value we've seen yet on any GeForce GTX 600 or 700 series GPU. This will mean good things for overclocking GeForce GTX 760 GPUs. Also, the power limit and temperature slider are locked to each other (which you can unlock), raising the power limit to max sets the temperature slider to max.

We were also able to raise the voltage to +12. However, upon doing so, we noticed absolutely no difference while gaming. We monitored the voltage and it never increased past 1.2v, despite us having the +12 option selected.

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After a lot of trial and error and days of testing stability, this is the highest stable settings we found with our video card. We managed to take the GPU slider up to +140 and the memory clock at +200. This set the base clock to 1160MHz and the boost clock to 1225MHz. More importantly, the real-world gaming frequency while gaming was a solid 1280MHz at 1.2v.

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So our maximum overclock is 1280MHz. That gives us an 11% increase in clock speed. For the memory we found 1600MHz (6.4GHz) was the highest stable frequency. With this overclock, and the fan at 100%, the GPU temperature was in the 50s C.

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Above we are comparing each cards overclocked full-load system power. The XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition runs away with the most power demand at 443W. The least on power demand was actually the new MSI N760 OC at 336W system power. This shows what an efficient video card it actually is, the GTX 660 Ti demands more power, and it's the slower video card.