Yet again, no major differences between our tested cards. All cards turn off their fans in idle, which results in roughly 40°C. During gaming, there are slight differences, but none of them are significant. All cards stay well below the 80°C limit beyond which NVIDIA's Boost Technology will start dialing down clocks to keep the cards cool.
Important: GPU temperature will vary depending on clock speed, voltage settings,
|GPU Temperature Comparison|
|ASUS GTX 960 STRIX||42°C||60°C|
|MSI GTX 960 Gaming||45°C||63°C|
|EVGA GTX 960 SSC||40°C||71°C|
|Palit GTX 960 Super Jetstream||35°C||67°C|
cooler design, and production variances. This table just serves to provide
a list of typical temperatures for similar cards determined during TPU review.
Clock ProfilesModern graphics cards have several clock profiles that are selected to balance power draw and performance requirements.
The following table lists the clock settings for important performance scenarios and the GPU voltage we measured. We performed the measurement on the pins of a coil or a capacitor near the GPU voltage regulator.
The card uses NVIDIA's dynamic overclocking mechanism, GPU Boost 2.0. It will dynamically adjust clock and voltage based on render load, temperature, and other factors.
|GPU Voltage |
|Desktop||135 MHz||203 MHz||0.88 V|
|Multi-Monitor||135 MHz||203 MHz||0.88 V|
|Blu-ray Playback||135 MHz||203 MHz||0.88 V|
|3D Load||1250 - 1430 MHz||1800 MHz||1.025 - 1.200 V|
For the graph below, we recorded all GPU clock and GPU voltage combinations of our 1920x1080 resolution benchmarking suite. The plotted points are transparent, which allows them to add up to indicate more often used values. A light color means the clock/voltage combination is rarely used and a dark color means it's active a lot.