Besides examining three graphics cards in this review, we have also learned that two GeForce GTX 760s can be combined into a single subsystem to deliver the performance of a single GeForce GTX 780. Moreover, the 2-way SLI tandem is going to cost less while delivering higher average performance. The difference in price can save you enough money to buy a decent DDR3 memory kit, for example. Of course, as is always the case with multi-GPU configurations, it is important for the graphics drivers and the game engine to ensure proper SLI support. Otherwise, you may have low bottom speed and, consequently, poor playability. But SLI and CrossFireX work much better today than just a couple of years ago and keep on improving. It is now quite a good time to build a SLI configuration if you’ve been waiting for the right moment.
The MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC Gaming is undoubtedly the best of the three products we’ve tested today. It features a quiet and highly efficient cooler, a custom PCB with improved power system and premium components, high overclocking potential, stylish looks, and three operating modes which can be enabled with a single click using MSI Gaming App. On the downside is the unnecessary stiffness rib which blocks SLI connectors for stiff SLI bridges. It may also be difficult to disconnect power cables from that card. On the whole, the MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC Gaming is a perfect choice in the middle price category. Surprisingly, it costs even lower at $260 than the products from Palit and Zotac, which are far from exceptional.
The Palit GeForce GTX 760 JetStream and the Zotac GeForce GTX 760 AMP! Edition use the reference PCB design but have original coolers and increased GPU and memory frequencies. The Zotac has the highest clock rates, actually, but the difference in performance isn’t large even in comparison with the reference card from Nvidia, let alone the pre-overclocked versions from MSI and Palit. Zotac’s Dual Silencer is not a very good cooler in terms of performance and noiselessness. Palit’s cooler is more efficient and somewhat quieter, but cannot match MSI’s. It may be appreciated by modders, however, thanks to the nice-looking white highlighting of its fans. The Palit and Zotac cards come to retail at the same price of $320.
Hopefully, we will be able to test more versions of the highly interesting GeForce GTX 760 which are currently offered by ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA and other brands.