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Overview

GeForce GTX 960 is an entry-level graphics card that is ideal for1080p gameplay. It will achieve smooth processing for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games like Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3. Capable of running on optimal temperature because of the improved dual-fan cooling system. As a result, it is quieter and has RGB lights which make gameplay immersive and satisfying. The form factor is smaller and drains less power from the main processor as compared to previous iterations. The 2G RAM will feel limited as compared to the advanced GPU's with 8GB or 4GB but it does have the same power-saving Maxwell architecture that is designed to improve processing performance. The colour profile is terrific for gamers as it is in the colours red-and-black exactly the same as GeForce GTX 980.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Cooling system performs well

  • Extremely quiet during gaming

  • Backplate included

  • 1080p

  • HDMI 2.0

Cons

  • No support for 1440p and 4K

  • Limited 2GB of graphics memory

Description

Power Performance & Memory

Maxwell is designed to improve power distribution of the GPU, it does this by reducing power consumption by rearranging the software platforms of the processor core. They do not need the traditional resource-sharing hardware using a smaller 8.5 inches length card. The 28 nm chipset process is based on the GM206 graphics processor that supports DirectX 12. The 2,048 MB GDDR5 RAM will feel limited and unable to process heavy intensive games. It has the standard 128-bit memory interface and the GM206 has two graphic processing clusters to help to share the processing load. The GPU will be able to deliver smooth multitasking as compared to previous generations of Nvidia. The older versions had 192 stream processors in each multiprocessor which has now been brought down to 128. 

The eight shader multiprocessor (SM) cores dedicated to each cluster will be able to achieve clear and bright visual resolution in games. There is upgraded hardware support for decoding H.265 video that is near 4K. The GPU being able to achieve H.265 decoding will easily achieve 4K display without overheating the GPU. The 960 has the capability of two Xbox One's shader processing that means you can see the shadows and contrast clearly in games making them more lifelike and realistic. The processor is operating at a clockspeed of 1127 MHz, which can be boosted up to1,228MHz.

Cooling System 

It has a dual-fan mechanism including traditional and dispersion fan blades that ensures the GPU remains at optimal temperatures. This particular airflow design is called Advanced Dispersion Blade and ensues quiet gameplay and maximum airflow with up to 19% better performance. The SuperSU Architecture has a cooling nickel-plated copper base that is connected to the 8mm Super Pipes designed to improve the efficiency of the cooling system by shortening the traditional length of the heat pipe. The improved cooking system draws in cool air from both sides to cool the GPU at all times. 

Hardware & Compatibility 

The 960 has all the essential display outputs including DVI, HDMI and multiple DisplayPort to ensure it can integrate easily into your operating system. The efficient PCI-Express connects the GPU through a 3.0 x 16 interface, the updated HDMI 2.0 connector is compatible with 4k at 60Hz video display. The dual-slot card can be connected through a 1x 6-pin power connector that is power-efficient drawing power 120 W.  The TDP (thermal design power) will bring down power consumption to150W making sure the GPU does not wear out quickly and has a long lasting life. 

Specifications

Core/Memory 1241MHz Core (Boost Clock
1190MHz Core (Boost Clock 1253MHz) (Gaming Mode)
1127MHz Core (Boost Clock 1178MHz) (Silent Mode)
Memory 4096MB GDDR5 7010MHz
Video Output Function Dual-link DVI-I x 1, DMI x 1 & DisplayPort x 3
Core Clock 1241 MHz (OC Mode)
Boost Clock 1304 MHz (OC Mode)
Connectivity Features 1 x Dual-link DVI-I 1 x HDMI 2.0 3 x DisplayPort 1.2

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