Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming 2 GB Review 15

Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming 2 GB Review

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Last week, NVIDIA launched their GeForce GTX 960, which brought their super power-efficient Maxwell architecture to the mainstream.

This card is based on a brand-new silicon codenamed GM206. NVIDIA's third chip based on the "Maxwell", the GM206 is supposed to be a successor to the GK106 on which NVIDIA built the GeForce GTX 660. The new GTX 960, however, is meant to replace the GTX 660 and GTX 760 in the product stack as it offers slightly higher performance at much less power draw and noise, with greater room for price-cuts. It also brings some of the new features introduced with "Maxwell" to the masses, such as real-time voxel illumination, MFAA (multi-frame sampled anti-aliasing), Dynamic Super-Resolution, VR Direct, Turf Effects, and PhysX Flex, along with community favorites like G-Sync and ShadowPlay.

In this review, we have with us the Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming, a highly overclocked custom-design GTX 960. It features the company's triple-fan WindForce cooler to ensure the card stays cool at all times. A new feature is that the fans will turn off in idle and light gaming, which results in the perfect noise-free experience.

Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming currently retails at $230, which is a significant $30 price premium over the reference design.

GTX 960 Market Segment Analysis
GTX 660
GTX 660 Ti
GTX 760
GTX 670
GTX 960
Gigabyte GTX 960
G1 Gaming
HD 7970
R9 285
GTX 770
GTX 680
R9 280X
GTX 780
R9 290
GTX 970
Shader Units9601344115213441024102420481792153615362048230425601664
Graphics ProcessorGK106GK104GK104GK104GM206GM206TahitiTongaGK104GK104TahitiGK110HawaiiGM204
Memory Size2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB3072 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB3072 MB3072 MB4096 MB4096 MB
Memory Bus Width192 bit192 bit256 bit256 bit128 bit128 bit384 bit256 bit256 bit256 bit384 bit384 bit512 bit256 bit
Core Clock980 MHz+915 MHz+980 MHz+915 MHz+1127 MHz+1241 MHz+925 MHz918 MHz1046 MHz+1006 MHz+1000 MHz863 MHz+947 MHz1051 MHz+
Memory Clock1502 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1502 MHz1753 MHz1753 MHz1375 MHz1375 MHz1753 MHz1502 MHz1500 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1750 MHz
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