What’s goin on guys, Jerry Neutron here with the newest 1080p gaming card from Nvidia, this is the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 Super Superclocked edition.
So this card is targeted towards the mainstream, 1080p gamer and intended to compete with the R9 285 from AMD. We’re gonna see if this card is worthy of being THE mainstream GPU but first let’s take a look at it.
So this card is factory overclocked with a 1279 MHz base clock and 1342 MHz boost clock compared to the reference speeds of 1127 and 1178. It has a 1750 MHz memory clock along with 1024 CUDA cores and 2GB of VRAM on a 128-bit bus. Now immediately the memory does cause some concern because “next gen” games even at 1080p are currently pushing VRAM limits with higher res textures. So yeah but a little bit more on that later.
If we take a look at the card itself the first thing you’ll notice is the ACX 2.0 cooler with its large, black fan shroud and two 11-blade dual ball bearing fans. And with the card only having a 120W TDP, there should be no issues keeping the card cool.
And a bonus with this specific card is that the fans do not turn on until temps reach 60* C so your card will not only be cool but quiet as well.
I think this card would work well in a mini-ITX build considering those things and the fact that the card is only 10.1″ long.
If we take a look underneath the shroud we can see heat fins running the length of the card, a memory MOSFET cooling plate as well as 3 8mm copper heat pipes.
On the other end there’s an 8-pin PCI-E connector to power the card. Now you’ll notice EVGA uses an 8-pin connector vs a 6-pin that other manufacturers use. This is just to give you a little extra juice when overclocking so this card should have the potential for higher overclocks over the other 960’s.
You also get a dual BIOS switch which oddly enough there is almost no mention of in the documentation. I do believe though that the second BIOS has a more performance oriented fan curve and a small performance increase.
There’s also an SLi connector just in case you want to run another 960 but if that’s your plan just stop and buy a 970.
On the I/O side you get 3 DisplayPort 1.2 connectors as well as an HDMI 2.0 and Dual-link DVI port. So they give you a little flexibility display wise and you can actually run up to four 4K displays at a time on this card.
As for accessories, well there isn’t much. EVGA gives you an 8-pin PCI-E connector, a DVI to VGA adapter and some documentation.
So that’s it as far as the card itself, let’s install it and see how it performs.
So as you can see the GTX 960 is a decent performer at 1080P. It’s not going to max out every game at that resolution but if you don’t mind playing on medium or high settings it should be just fine. Also you do get some nice features like G-Sync compatibility, MFAA, DSR, ShadowPlay and even PrecisionX so that may weigh in on your decision to get this card.
Personally I think Nvidia should’ve given this card more power out of the box and have it sit in-between its current performance and the 970. That would’ve made it a great 1080p card so let’s just hope the 960 Ti rumors are true.
Let me know down in the comments what you think about the 960 and whether this is a card you would consider purchasing.
So that’s about it guys, link is in the description if you want to pick one of these up.
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