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GPUReview's GTX 950 overclocking roundup!

It has been a long time since I've done one of these, but now it is back! Bask in its magnificence!


GPUReview's GTX 950 overclocking roundup

GTX 950 availability and pricing.

Right this minute there are only a few places to purchase the new GeForce GTX 950 so, I thought I'd throw together a quick list for you all. Oh and I will be adding GTX 950 cards and reviews to the site very soon.


Newegg has at least 4 GTX 950's in stock, but I can only find them on this page because Newegg hasn't indexed them in their search yet. Here we have:

Evga's Store

Evga has all four of their GTX 950 models on its store. Two of them have $10 Mail in Rebates (MiRs).

Tiger Direct

Tiger Direct has all four Evga models but for higher prices than Evga's store. 

Best Buy

Last and also is least is Best Buy. They have one desktop in stock which contains a GTX 950 and four more which are coming soon or out of stock.

The GTX 950 launches, is the first card with faster response time.

Most of the details about the GTX 950 leaked online right before the digital press presentation held on Tuesday at 3:00pm Pacific. What wasn't leaked was the price ($159 for the basic models) and the news that the GTX 950 is the first card that Nvidia has optimized for playing MOBAs.

When playing MOBAs it is very important for your clicks to result in on-screen action as soon as possible. The time it takes for a mouse or keyboard click to begin an action on the screen can be called input latency or responsiveness. In order to make the GTX 950 (and soon their other GTX 900 cards) appeal to MOBA gamers, Nvidia reduced the response time by rendering faster and making some latency optimizations. For example, the GTX 650 had an 80 millisecond (ms) response time in DOTA 2 and the new GTX 950 has a 45ms response time after DOTA 2 has been optimized in the GeForce Experience software. That is quite the improvement.

It only takes one click to optimize your game in order to obtain this faster response time. On the GeForce Experience page for your game there is a green Optimize button below the game's setting list and to the right. Just click that button and you are ready to reap the rewards of a faster response time in your MOBA game.

GeForce Experience Updates

Some of the features may have already existed in some form (I haven't used any of them yet), but I think Nvidia improved them and that is why they took the time to mention them in their press briefing. We will all be able to try out these new features in a "Share early access beta" next month.

There are 4 modes that allow you to record and/or share your gaming footage. Instant replay keeps the last 5 to 20 minutes of gameplay for you so you can review it, save it and share it. Record allows you to record game footage at a maximum resolution of 3840x2160 (4K) at up to 60 frames per second.

The Gallery is new for the Share beta. It allows you to view saved clips and then upload them straight to YouTube without exiting your game. You can also edit your clips before you upload them. You will be able to adjust your recording settings while in your game or while on your desktop.

There is also a new Broadcast overlay which allows you to add a camera or voice chat to your video stream before you begin your Twitch stream.

The newest mode is the GameStream Co-op. It allows you to share your game with one other person over the Internet. You will (of course) be able to use voice chat with your friend during your stream. It should be noted that GameStream Co-op will automatically shut off after 1 hour. The time limit may change in the future depending on demand and other factors, but this feature is not meant to allow you to stream or play co-op with your pal all day long. You can use GameStream Co-op in the following ways: 


  • Your friends can simply watch you play in a low latency 1:1 stream.
  • Take control of your game with mirrored controls to help you find something or beat a tough part
  • Join you in supported games like Trine 3, Gauntlet, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15, and Mortal Kombat Komplete. 

I should also mention that Nvidia is doing its best to make GameStream Co-op secure. They stated that the stream will shutdown if your game is not running in full screen mode. That way, the other person can't minimize your game and take control of your PC. The only instructions that your co-op player should be able to send to the game on your PC is controller input. Now that I think about it, I hope Nvidia has thought of a way to prevent someone from deleting your game's save files. I think I'll ask them about that.

Check out this article on Nvidia's site for screenshots and a video about these new GeForce Experience features. That article also tells you to "stay tuned" to this site (which doesn't exist yet) so that you can download the early access beta next month.  

One year later.

I decided to visit the site today and consider adding the GTX 980 Ti to the site and I noticed that my last news post was made 1 year and 1 day ago. Not a lot has changed unfortunately. At least iwhen it comes to this website. I just moved into my first house with the woman I intend to marry. So right now I am focused on making repairs and updates to my house.

I still think it would be fun to fully own this site and get it up and running again. I really hope that happens, but I need to do more than hoping. I need to get motivated and get it done! 

Even I am not sure what will happen to this site in the future.

I will attempt to share what I do know with anyone who is reading this.

A long time ago Mike Thomas (this site's creator) passed over the keys to this site to me and my friend Don Hiles. What he was not willing to give us was the domain name, which I understand because there is some value attached to it. Since the site is still here I guess that means that he is still paying to keep the site hosted. I don't know anything about website coding, hosting or the expiration of domain name registries because I really lack the drive to learn about it. I leave matters like that to Don Hiles.

The last I heard, Don is still working on trying to improve and fix this site with the assistance of a few people. I am not sure how much progress has been made and I am not sure if this site will ever come back to life in a meaningful way. I will ask Don to write up a progress report so that I can post it here on the site.

Also, due to my neglect this site's forums became COMPLETELY overrun with spammers a long time ago. When I finally noticed how bad it was, I disabled posting from anyone but me (because all the forum mods and regulars were gone and the only people posting were spammers) and I tried to get rid of all the spam posts while also banning the IP addresses of each spammer account. Well each spammer account had so many posts that when I tried to delete all the posts from a single account the deleting process would run for a minute or two and then it would crash because there were too many posts to delete. Personally I think that the forums as they are now should be nuked from orbit after I try to save the really old on topic threads that still exist.

If Don and his team end up succeeding in bringing this site back to life, I will probably start posting news and adding new video cards to the database. Wouldn't that be something?

Nvidia launches the GTX 780!

Today is the debut of Nvidia's 700 series of desktop graphics cards, and as usual they are starting things off with their high-end offering, the GTX 780. What is unsual is that this new card is not the fastest consumer video card that Nvidia is selling. The GTX 780 is just a GTX TITAN with fewer texture units, half the memory and less CUDA units. The GTX 780 ($649) may be similar to the GTX TITAN ($999), but it is priced closer to the GTX 680 ($450).

I will be adding retail cards and reviews to the site throughout the day.


nvidia's GTX 780

GPUReview's GTX TITAN overclocking roundup!

Out of 16 reviews we ended up with 12 overclocking results. Seems like the core clock can reach some very high speeds (OC Core Boost column) when you are playing a game. Here are the results:


GPUReview.com's GTX Titan Overclocking Roundup.

The First GTX TITAN Reviews & Cards Have Been Added

Today is the day that the full reviews for the GTX TITAN come out. I found 12 reviews and 9 different retail cards so far, and I will add more or both as I find them. It looks like some of these reviews have some overclocking data, so I may start getting our patented overclocking roundup together.


Evga's Hyrdo Copper Signature

Nvidia releases the Titan from its ancient slumber.

Today Nvidia has revealed their next desktop graphics solution to the world and they are calling it the Titan. Nvidia has named their new flagship card after their Titan supercomputer which (they claim) the technology of this new GPU is based on.

The Titan is home to Nvidia's new GK110 GPU. The GK110 is built using the 28nm process just like the GTX 680's GK104 GPU, however some important improvements have been made. The Titan's GPU contains 2,688 CUDA cores, which is 1,152 more than the GTX 680. It also has more texture units (224 vs 128) and ROPs (48 vs 32) than the GTX 680. Outside the GPU, the Titan also has a 384 bit memory bus width. This is better than the GTX 680's 256 bit width, but we have seen cards with wider memory buses in the past.


GTX Titan

I have added the GeForce GTX Titan to the database and I will add retail cards and reviews as they become available. For more information you can check out a video from PC Perspective here, PC Perspective's excellent preview article and the Titan's regular Nvidia page (not the special launch page) here.

You Can't Take it With You.

If you are going from a job at AMD to a job at Nvidia and if the 'it' is over 100,000 proprietary AMD documents, then this saying is doubly true.

AMD has accused Robert Feldstein, Manoo Desai, and Nicolas Kociuk of copying over 100,000 documents onto external media during their last 6 months at the company. Those three men and Richard Hagen are also accused of attempting to lure additional AMD employees to Nvidia.

A free image I found here: http://blog.timesunion.com/opinion/arrest-bankers-not-protesters/15100/man-with-handcuffs/

Not only are these men in for a legal raping of epic proportions, any executives at Nvidia who knew about (or read) these stolen douments without contacting AMD or the authorities could be next in line for the long spiked rape stick of the law.

You can read more at Arstechnica and Extremetech. The public complaint documents can be read here.

Finally something that is worth me getting off my beautifully sculpted ass to post!

Today's Newegg Video Card Deals

Hail Satan! It is October which means it is time for free candy, mask wearing supernatural serial murderers and savings on video cards. XFX has slashed their prices on their HD 6870, HD 7950 and HD 7970 so make sure to put one of those in your candy bucket.

PowerColor HD 7750 1GB for $89.99 with FREE Shipping

Evga GTX 550 Ti 1GB for $99.99 after $15 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/31

HIS iCooler HD 7770 1GB + Nexuiz for $104.99 after $15 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/8

Evga GTX 560 SC 1GB w/Adobe PS Elements 10 after $30.00 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/31

XFX HD 6870 1GB for $148.98 after $30 MIR card & $3.99 shipping, exp. 10/15

XFX HD 7850 1GB w/Two Worlds II for $159.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/15

Sapphire HD 6950 2GB for $169.99 after $10 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/15

PowerColor HD 7870 2GB for $194.99 after $20 MIR check & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/31

MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 570 1,280 MB for $229.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/31

XFX HD 7950 3GB for $269.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/15

Gigabyte GTX 660 Ti 2GB for $279.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/31

Galaxy GTX 670 2GB for $359.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 11/11

XFX HD 7970 3GB for $369.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE Shipping, exp. 10/15

Galaxy GTX 680 2GB for $467.86 after $20 MIR card & $7.87 shipping, exp. 11/11

Gigabyte GTX 680 2GB for $467.86 after $20 MIR card & $7.87 shipping, exp. 10/31


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Our Evga GTX 660 Superclocked review is being delayed.

I received some news on Saturday afternoon that has turned my personal life upside down. The news is pretty bad, but not horrible. I don't want to share too much, but I will say that no one has been harmed and there has been no damage to my domicile or vehicle. At this point I don't know when I will be able to continue the process of reviewing this video card.

GPUReview's GTX 660 overclocking roundup!

It is a brand new card and a brand new roundup. I have tossed out the core and memory offset columns in favor of adding a column for the maximum core boost speed. The second column (OC Core) is the core speed that the overclocker raises the GPU to and the OC Core Boost speed is the highest speed that the graphics card reached while running a game. The percentage in the %Core (Boost) increase column is the percent increase of the OC Core Boost above the default GPU speed of the GTX 660 (980).

Here is a taste of the chart. You can find the full chart on the next page.


GTX 660 Overclocking Roundup
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Nvidia launches the GTX 660 and GTX 650.

Now is the time when we can talk about the GTX 660 and the GTX 650. The GTX 660 is similar to the GTX 660 Ti, but it is lacking 384 CUDA cores, 22 texture units and it requires 10 Watts less. At a MSRP of $229 it is also $70 cheaper than the GTX 660 Ti.

The GTX 650 is a faster clocked GT 640 with GDDR5 RAM instead of GDDR3. The GTX 650 also has a 6-pin power connector that allows the card to overclock very well according to Nvidia.


Nvidia's Reference GTX 660

About our GTX 660 Review:
Now you may be asking yourself if GPUReview will be posting a review of the GTX 660 and I am happy to say that we will! The review won't be posted today however, due to a shipping snafu that was actually my fault. While I was on vacation at the end of last week I was not checking my GPUReview email and I did not see the messages from Evga telling me that they were shipping me a Superclocked GTX 660 to my old address. I noticed the emails on Monday and sent a message to Evga to let them know that my address had changed and that I was going to try to recover the package from my old address. Luckily I live only 3 minutes away from old place, so after work I went to see if I could find my package. Due to my incredible luck, the package was still sitting there and I was able to claim it and take it home with me.

Since then, I've been working on the review each night and I expect to get most of it done this weekend. Right now I am considering delaying the review to next Wednesday so that I can include some Borderlands 2 benchmarks (Borderlands 2 comes out next Tuesday). No matter what I end up doing, you can expect some GTX 660 benchmarks from us sometime next week.

[H]ard|OCP breaks the GTX 660 NDA, is very naughty.

Nvidia changed the launch date of the GTX 660 from today to a later date in an email that was sent on September 7th. I guess that the [H] didn't see that email, or they forgot. It's okay [H]ard|OCP, I forgive you. I just hope Nvidia will forgive you as well.

According to the [H] the Asus GTX 660 DirectCU II fits between the an overclocked HD 7850 and a HD 7870 in terms of power usage, but performs as well as an overclocked HD 7870.

You might be wondering if we will be reviewing the GTX 660, but you will have to keep on wondering, for now...

According to Kyle Bennet Editor in Chief of [H]ard|OCP, he was informed "last week that the date was today at 8am CST." He has that in writing. I guess we will have to wait and see if other outlets are posting their reviews today.

Kyle was "just informed that the embargo date on this (the GTX 660) has changed" so he removed his review article. At least 7 of his reader's (not including me) read the review as evidenced by the thread for the review. I told Kyle about the change at 9:30AM, he did not believe me, and then right after 11:00AM he took the review down. I could totally rub this in Kyle's face (even more than I already am) by gloating to him in a PM or posting in that thread, but I won't. I acutally saved several of the review's pages to my desktop just in case this happened, but I really don't want to piss off Nvidia or Kyle by posting them.

 Asus GTX 660

Today's Newegg Video Card Deals

Five deals on AMD cards and four deals on Nvidia. Make sure to take note of the two $30 Mail-in-Rebate offers on the MSI GTX 560 and the XFX HD 6870.  

HIS HD 7750 1GB for $94.99 after $10 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 9/30

Galaxy GTX 550 Ti 1GB for $96.97 after $20 MIR card & $6.98 shipping, exp. 9/30

Evga GTX 550 Ti 1GB w/Adobe PS elements 10 for $99.99 after $15 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 9/30

HIS HD 7770 1GB for $104.99 after $15 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 9/30

MSI GTX 560 1GB for $134.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 9/30

XFX HD 6870 1GB for $149.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 9/30

Sapphire HD 7850 2GB for $189.99 after $10 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 9/15

Sapphire HD 6950 2GB for $192.55 after $10 MIR card & $7.56 shipping, exp. 9/15

MSI GTX 570 1280MB for $229.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 9/30


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GPUReview's GTX 660 Ti overclocking roundup!

This is one of the largest overclocking roundups that I've ever done for a single new graphics card. The memory on the GTX 660 Ti is a litte more overclockable than the memory on the GTX 670 , and the core overclocks almost as well as the GTX 670.

GPUReview's GTX 660 Ti Overclocking Roundup 

Nvidia releases the GTX 660 Ti

The cards have been added to the card page, the first reviews are linked up, and the cards are available at Newegg right now. From what I've read so far it seems like it falls in line right between the HD 7950 and the HD 7970. The overclocking roundup for this new card will be coming soon.

Here is one of the best GTX 660 Tis that I've seen so far today:

Zotac GTX 660 Ti

Today's Newegg Video Card Deals

Today there are 6 outstanding deals on AMD cards compared to only 3 deals on cards from Nvidia. Seems to me like big red has the competitive pricing crown for at least the first half of August.

MSI HD 6670 1GB for $44.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/17

XFX Core Edition HD 7770 1GB for $104.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/15

Zotac GTX 560 1GB for $124.99 after $30 MIR check & FREE shipping, exp 8/31

XFX HD 6870 1GB for $144.99 after $30 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/15

Sapphire HD 6950 2GB for $189.99 after $10 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/15

Evga GTX 570 1,280MB for $239.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp 8/16

XFX HD 7870 2GB for $249.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/15

MSI GTX 670 2GB for $374.99 after $25 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/31

Diamond HD 7970 3GB for $399.99 after $20 MIR card & FREE shipping, exp. 8/15


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Galaxy GeForce GT 640 GC 2GB Performance Review

Galaxy launched their factory overclocked GT 640 GC 2GB card on July 19th and we have tested it in some of the latest PC games for you. Click on the link below to get all the details.


Galaxy GT 640 GC 

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