Gigabyte GTX 960 OC 2 GB Review 28

Gigabyte GTX 960 OC 2 GB Review

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The GeForce GTX 960 is one of NVIDIA's recently released graphics card (only the Titan X is more recent). With the GTX 960, NVIDIA brought their super power-efficient Maxwell architecture to the mainstream.

This card is based on a new silicon codenamed GM206. NVIDIA's third chip based on "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 OC, an overclocked custom design of the GTX 960. It is more cost effective than the Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming, but still features the same amazing power consumption and noise levels as its bigger brother.

The Gigabyte GTX 960 OC currently retails at $199, which is about as low as you can find a GTX 960.

GTX 960 Market Segment Analysis
R9 270X
GTX 760
GTX 960
GTX 960 OC
R9 285
GTX 770
R9 280X
Shader Units1280115210241024179215362048
Graphics ProcessorPitcairnGK104GM206GM206TongaGK104Tahiti
Memory Size2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB2048 MB3072 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit256 bit128 bit128 bit256 bit256 bit384 bit
Core Clock1050 MHz980 MHz+1127 MHz+1216 MHz+918 MHz1046 MHz+1000 MHz
Memory Clock1400 MHz1502 MHz1753 MHz1753 MHz1375 MHz1753 MHz1500 MHz
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