GeForce GTX 770

GeForce GTX 770
geforce GTX 770 install ation guide
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
About This Guide
Minimum System Requirements
Hardware Installation5
Safety Instructions
Before You Begin
Installing the GeForce Graphics Card
Driver Installation
Configuring SLI
Accessing the NVIDIA Control Panel
Enabling /Disabling SLI
Configuring HDMI
Enabling Audio Over HDMI
Table of Contents
Thank you for choosing the NVIDIA® GeForce®
GTX 770 graphics card.
The GTX 770 is a powerful graphics card that
gives you the fast, smooth, quiet gaming you’re
looking for in all your favorite titles. With features
like GPU Boost 2.0, NVIDIA TXAA, and NVIDIA
PhysX, this graphics card will give you the best
your games have to offer.
Plus, with NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience built
right into its drivers, you can take advantage of
NVIDIA’s tens of thousands of hours of testing to
optimize your gameplay settings with one click.
About This Guide
This installation guide discusses the installation and operation of
the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 graphic card.
Note: It is important to register your product in order to
receive online and phone support. Consult the registration
card included in the retail packaging for more information on
registering your product.
Minimum System Requirements
>> Motherboard
PCI Express® or PCI Express 3.0-compliant motherboard
with one dual-width x16 graphics slot.
>> System Power Supply
Minimum 600 W or greater system power supply with one 6-pin
and one 8-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector.
>> Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8, 32-bit or 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 7, 32-bit or 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Vista, 32-bit or 64-bit
Microsoft Windows XP, 32-bit or 64-bit
Linux, 32-bit or 64-bit
FreeBSD x86
>> System Memory
2 GB system memory (4 GB recommended)
>> DVD-ROM drive or internet connection for driver installation
>> 300 MB of available hard disk space
Prior to unpacking your new NVIDIA GeForce
GTX 770 graphics card, it is important to make
sure you meet all the system requirements listed
on page 2 for a smooth installation.
Be sure to inspect each piece of equipment
shipped in the packing box. If anything is missing
or damaged, contact your reseller.
The following equipment and documentation are included in the
GeForce GTX 770 graphics card box.
NVIDIA Driver Installation Disc
Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, and Vista
(32/64-bit) drivers for the GeForce graphics
card. For other operating systems and to keep
your drivers current, visit
drivers and download the latest drivers
Digital version of this Manual and Driver
Quick Start Guide
Fast and easy steps to install the GeForce
graphics card.
Registration Card
Register to gain priority access to online and
phone support.
DVI-to-VGA Adapter (Optional)
Use to connect a VGA monitor to the DVI
connector or a DVI monitor to the VGA connector.
GeForce GTX 770 Graphics Card
Two Power Connectors
One 8-Pin
One 6-Pin
Hardware Install ation
Hardware Installation
Installing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 graphics
card hardware involves opening up your
computer. Follow all of the safety instructions
provided here to ensure that there is no damage
to you, your computer, or the graphics board.
Safety Instructions
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury, always follow basic
safety precautions.
Note: All hardware must be installed prior to installation of
the drivers.
>> Remove power from your computer by disconnecting the AC main
source before installation.
>> Do not operate this product near water or when your hands or
body are wet.
>> Do not place this product on soft surfaces that could block the
ventilation slots and cause overheating.
>> Do not place this product near a heating register or radiator.
>> Place this product securely on a stable surface. Serious damage
to this product may result if it falls.
>> Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not place
this product where a person can step or trip on the power cord.
Hardware Install ation
Before You Begin
The GeForce GTX 770 graphics card is a PCI Express 3.0 ×16 graphics
card. Your computer may already have a graphics card installed in the
PCI Express slot. If so, you will need to remove that graphics card and
replace it with the GeForce GTX 770 graphics card.
If you do not have a graphics card, this means that your motherboard
has on-board graphics (there is a graphics chip installed on your
motherboard or integrated in the motherboard chipset). If this is the
case, there is no action that needs to be taken before installing your
new graphics card.
Installing the GeForce Graphics Card
Because there are so many different computer systems on the
market, the procedure to install the GeForce GTX 770 graphics card
can vary from system to system. Use the following instructions as
a guideline and consult the documentation for
your computer system for any further information on your
individual system.
Note: It is important that all power to the computer be
disconnected before you install the graphics card.
Discharge your body’s static electricity by touching a grounded
surface before touching the graphics card. A grounded surface is the
computer chassis, or some other surface you know to be grounded.
Use the following procedure to install the GeForce GTX 770 graphics
card into your computer system.
1 Turn off your computer and monitor and disconnect the power cord.
Depending on your computer system, you may need to disconnect the
cable going to the back of your system. Mark the cables so you can
make sure you reconnect them properly.
2 Open your computer by removing the cover/side panel. Refer to
your computer documentation from the original manufacturer
for assistance.
Hardware Install ation
3 Remove any existing graphics card (if there is one). Save hardware
(such as screws and brackets) to use when installing the NVIDIA
graphics card.
Attention: If your system has been running for a period of
time prior to opening the panels, it is very important that you
wait until the graphics card in your system has cooled before
taking the card out of the system. Graphics cards get very hot
when they have been operating for any length of time.
4 Remove the slot cover if you do not have a graphics card installed.
Note: The GeForce GTX 770 card is double-wide so it will require
removing two slot covers.
Hardware Install ation
5 Plug the GeForce GTX 770 graphics card into the Primary PCI Ex-
press x16 slot on your motherboard. This is often the slot closest to
the CPU but may be the second or third slot. Look for the slot labeled
×16. It will likely be the only PCI Express slot with a retention lever on
the end of the slot or the one closest to the CPU
Note: It is recommended that you install the graphics card
into the primary PCI Express x16 slot. If you install the graphics
card into the secondary slot, your system may not recognize the
graphics card and there will be nothing displayed on the monitor.
Also note that on some motherboard SBIOS, the physical
location of the primary slot can be configured when there are
more than one PCI Express x16 slots.
If you are installing additional GeForce GTX 770 graphics cards for an
SLI configuration, continue with step 6 (2-way SLI) or step 6 and 7 (3way SLI). If you are only installing one GeForce card, go on to step 8.
Note: All of the graphics cards in an SLI configuration must be
identical. Therefore, you must have all GeForce GTX 770 graphics
Hardware Install ation
6 Install a second GeForce GTX 770 graphic card (2-way SLI):
a)Install the second GeForce card into the outer most PCI Express
x16 slot on the motherboard.
b)Connect the two GeForce GTX 770 cards together using the dual
SLI bridge connector that came with your SLI-ready motherboard.
7 Install a third GeForce GTX 770 graphic card (3-way SLI):
a)Install the third GeForce card into the middle PCI Express x16 slot
on the motherboard.
b)Connect the three GeForce GTX 770 cards together using the
tripple SLI bridge connector that came with your SLI-ready
Hardware Install ation
8 Connect one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCI Express auxiliary power
connector to the top edge of the GeForce GTX 770 graphics card.
Note that the connectors and sockets on the graphics card have a
unique shape and connect one way only.
9 Reinstall the cover on your computer and reconnect any cables that
you removed earlier in the installation.
DisplayPort Connector
Supports single-lane transfer rates
over a single cable. The interface
is primarily used to connect a video
source to a display device such as a
computer monitor.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia
Interface) Connector
Supports output of both video and
audio from the PC to a high-definition
DVI Connectors (DVI-I and DVI-D)
Use this to connect a digital display or,
with an adapter, a VGA display.
DVI-to-VGA Adapter
Driver Install ation
Driver Installation
With the hardware installed, it is now time to
install the graphics driver. NVIDIA recommends
downloading and installing the most recent
drivers available at:
Use the following procedure to load the
graphics drivers.
1 Power up your system.
2 Insert the driver installation disc or double click on the GeForce
driver executable file you downloaded from
The NVIDIA Setup program takes over and installs the drivers.
Driver Install ation
3 Select AGREE AND CONTINUE to continue the installation.
4 Select the Express option and then click NEXT when the
Installation Options window displays.
Driver Install ation
Note: It may take several minutes for the installation to take
place. Your screen may go blank for a few seconds one or
more times during installation. This is normal. The Install
in progess… screen will let you know when the installation
is complete.
6 Once all the files are copied to your computer, the installation begins.
Driver Install ation
7 Click CLOSE when the install has finished.
Note: Please visit to access our
24 x 7 x 365 online support system, where you can submit
questions directly to our tech support staff. Questions may
only be submitted in English. GeForce customers purchasing
NVIDIA-branded products also have access to toll free
technical support at 1-800-797-6530 from 8:00AM-5:00PM
Pacific Time, M-F. The technical support line is accessible
from the U.S. and Canada only.
Configuring SLI
Configuring SLI
SLI is a revolutionary technology developed
by NVIDIA that allows you to connect identical
GeForce graphics cards together to deliver
increased performance.
You can enable SLI by either clicking on the SLI capable system
balloon in the system tray or by going to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Note: You must have an SLI-ready motherboard and 2 or 3
identical SLI-ready GeForce graphics cards installed in your
PC in order to enable SLI.
Accessing the NVIDIA Control Panel
1 To access the NVIDIA Control Panel, you can right-click the Windows
desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel from the menu. Other ways
to access the NVIDIA Control Panel depends on the operating system.
>> Windows 8
Using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen,
click Settings  Control Panel  Hardware and Sound  and
select the NVIDIA Control Panel icon.
>> Windows 7
Go to Start  Control Panel  Hardware and Sound and select
the NVIDIA Control Panel icon.
Configuring SLI
>> Windows XP
Go to Start  Control Panel and select the NVIDIA Control
Panel icon.
>> Windows Vista
Classic view
Go to Start  Control Panel and select the NVIDIA Control
Panel icon.
Control Panel Home view
Go to Start  Control Panel  Additional Options and select
the NVIDIA Control Panel icon.
Enabling / Disabling SLI
2 Once you have the NVIDIA Control Panel open, click on
Configure SLI, Surround, PhysX in the left task pane.
3 Select from the following multi-GPU configurations:
>> Maximize 3D performance
Select this mode when you want your graphics cards to work
together to increase your rendering performance and image quality.
>> Acivate all displays
Activate all displays disables SLI and activates all connected
displays (heads).
Configuring SLI
>> PhysX settings
PhysX settings switches which GPU runs PhysX and can also
dedicate a GPU to PhysX only.
>> Disable SLI
Default Selection.
4 Click Apply.
Configuring SLI
Configuring HDMI
Configuring HDMI
Connecting your HDTV via HDMI allows you to
output both digital audio and video from your
graphics card to an HDTV.
Enabling Audio Over HDMI
If you are connecting to your display over HDMI, you may need to set
the HDMI output to be your default audio device.
In Windows 8, select Start  Control Panel  Sound.
On the Playback tab, select your HDMI display and select
Set Default.
In Windows 7, select Start  Control Panel  Sound.
On the Playback tab, select your HDMI display and select
Set Default.
Congratulations! Your GeForce graphics card(s) is now ready to use!
For detailed instructions on using the NVIDIA Control Panel, consult
the Control Panel User’s Guide found at
(select your driver, then click on Documentation to download the
User’s Guide).
Configuring HDMI
>> GeForce® Experience™: Revolutionary GeForce Experience
software ensures the best gaming, right out of the box. Instead
of spending hours guessing and tweaking your PC’s settings, get
optimized game settings based on your individual PC with a single
click. Minimum operating system requirements for GeForce
Experience are Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista (DirectX
11 Runtime required). Internet connectivity is required, as is hard
drive disk space of at least 20MB.
>> NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0: NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0: Advanced controls
that let you push your PC’s performance to the max; intelligently
adjust settings like temp target, overvoltage, display OC, and FPS
>> Microsoft® DirectX® Support: DirectX GPU with Shader Model
support designed for ultra high performance in the new API’s key
graphics feature, GPU-accelerated tessellation.
>> NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology1: CUDA technology unlocks the power
of the GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding
tasks such as video transcoding, physics simulation, ray tracing,
and more, delivering incredible performance improvements over
traditional CPUs.
>> NVIDIA PhysX® Technology 2: GeForce GPU support for NVIDIA
PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical
gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience
with GeForce.
>> NVIDIA® Surround Ready: Expand your games across three
>> NVIDIA GigaThread™ Technology: Massively multi-threaded
architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous
>> Kepler GPU Architecture: NVIDIA’s Kepler GPU architecture
has been designed from the ground up not just for maximum
performance in the latest DirectX 11 games, but optimal
performance per watt. The new SMX streaming multiprocessor
is twice as efficient as the prior generation and the new geometry
engine draws triangles twice as fast. The result is world class
performance and the highest image quality in an elegant and
power efficient graphics card.
>> NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Ready: GeForce GPU support for NVIDIA 3D
Vision technology, bringing a fully immersive stereoscopic 3D
experience to the PC. A combination of high-tech wireless
glasses and advanced software, 3D Vision transforms hundreds
of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D. In addition, you can watch
3D movies and 3D digital photographs in eye popping, in crystalclear quality.
>> DirectCompute Support: Full support for DirectCompute,
Microsoft’s GPU computing API.
>> OpenCL Support: Full support for OpenCL GPU computing API.
>> 32x Anti-aliasing Technology: Lightning fast, high-quality antialiasing at up to 32x sample rates obliterates jagged edges.
>> Two New Anti-aliasing Modes - FXAA and TXAA: Anti-aliasing
smoothes out jagged edges but can be demanding on framerates.
FXAA is a new antialiasing technology that produces beautiful
smooth lines with minimal performance impact. And with Kepler
based GPUs, you’ll be able to enable FXAA in hundreds of game
titles through the NVIDIA Control Panel.
The second mode, TXAA, is an in-game option that combines
MSAA, temporal filtering, and post processing for even higher
visual fidelity.
>> NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync: Nothing is more distracting
than framerate stuttering and screen tearing. The first tends to
occur when framerates are low, the second when framerates
are high. Adaptive V-Sync is a smarter way to render frames. At
high framerates, V-sync is enabled to eliminate tearing, at low
frame rates, it’s disabled to minimize stuttering. It gets rid of
distractions so you can get on with gaming.
>> NVIDIA® GeForce® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA): Delivers
a proven record of compatibility, reliability, and stability with
the widest range of games and applications. NVIDIA® GeForce®
drivers provide the best out-of-box experience for every user and
deliver continuous performance and feature updates over the life
of NVIDIA GeForce® GPUs.
>> PCI Express 3.0 Support : Designed for the new PCI Express 3.0
bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for
the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while
maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express
motherboards for the broadest support.
>> Dual-link DVI Support: Able to drive industry’s largest and highest
resolution flat-panel displays up to 2560x1600 and with support
for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).
>> HDMI: Fully integrated support for HDMI 1.4a including GPU
accelerated Blu-ray 3D 3 support, xvYCC, deep color, and 7.1 digital
surround sound, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. Upgrade your GPU
to full 3D capability with NVIDIA 3DTV Play software, enabling 3D
gaming, picture viewing and 3D web video streaming. See www. for more details.
>> NVIDIA PureVideo® HD Technology 4: The combination of highdefinition video decode acceleration and post-processing that
delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate
color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.
Hardware Decode Acceleration: Provides ultra-smooth
playback of H.264, VC-1, WMV, DivX, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 HD
and SD movies without the need for a dual or quad-core CPU.
Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration: Supports picture-inpicture content for the ultimate interactive Blu-ray and HD
DVD movie experience.
Dynamic Contrast Enhancement & Color Stretch: Dynamically
provides post-processing and optimization of High Definition
movies for spectacular picture clarity.
Dual-link HDCP Capable 5: Designed to meet the output
protection management (HDCP) and security specifications of
the Blu-ray Disc format, allowing the playback of encrypted
movie content on PCs when connected to HDCP-compliant
Enhanced Error Resilience: Correct errors or losses in
broadcast content to ensure crisp, high quality playback.
Advanced Spatial-Temporal De-Interlacing: Sharpens HD and
standard definition interlaced content on progressive displays,
delivering a crisp, clear picture that rivals high-end hometheater systems.
High-Quality Scaling: Enlarges lower resolution movies and
videos to HDTV resolutions, while maintaining a clear, clean
image. Also provides downscaling of videos, including highdefinition, while preserving image detail.
Inverse Telecine (3:2 & 2:2 Pulldown Correction): Recovers
original fi lm images from fi lms-converted-to-video (DVDs,
1080i HD content), providing more accurate movie playback
and superior picture quality.
Bad Edit Correction: When videos are edited, the edits can
disrupt the normal 3:2 or 2:2 pulldown cadence. PureVideo
uses advanced processing techniques to detect poor edits,
recover the original content, and display perfect picture detail
frame after frame for smooth, natural looking video.
Noise Reduction: Improves movie image quality by removing
unwanted artifacts.
Edge Enhancement: Sharpens movie images by providing
ligher contrast around lines and objects.
1.Requires application support for NVIDIA CUDA technology.
2.NVIDIA PhysX drivers are required to experience in-game GPU PhysX acceleration.
Refer to for more information.
3.Blu-ray 3D playback requires the purchase of a compatible software player from
CyberLink, ArcSoft, Corel, or Sonic.
4.Feature requires supported video software. Features may vary by product.
5.Requires other HDCP-compatible componen
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 graphics card is compliant with the
following regulations:
>> Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
>> Industry Canada (IC)
>> Conformité Européenne (CE)
>> Australian Communications and Media Authority (C-tick)
>> Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI)
>> Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)
>> Korean Certification (KC)
>> Underwriters Laboratories (UL, cUL)
>> ISO 9241-307 Visual Display Ergonomics
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Model: P2005
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits
for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there
is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
>> Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
>> Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
>> Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
>> Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician
for help.
Industry Canada (IC)
This Class B digital apparatus complies with ICES-003
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme
NMB-003 du Canada.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference, including interference that may cause undesired
operation of the device.
European Union
European Conformity; Conformité Européenne (CE)
This device complies with the EMC Directive for Class B, I.T.E
Australia & New Zealand
Australian Communications and Media Authority (C-tick)
This product meets the applicable EMC requirements for Class B,
I.T.E equipement
Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI)
This is a Class B product based on the standard of the VCCI Council.
If this is used near a radio or television receiver in a domestic
environment, it may cause radio interference. Install and use the
equipment according to the instruction manual.
Radio Research Agency (RRA)
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This equipment is home use (Class B) electromagnetic wave
suitability equipment and to be used mainly at home and it can be
used in all areas.
Taiwan Compliance
Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI)
This device complies with CNS 13438 (2006) Class B
Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
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