OverclockingOverclocking results listed in this section are achieved with the default fan and voltage settings as defined in the VGA BIOS. We choose this approach as it is the most realistic scenario for the majority of users.
Every sample overclocks differently, which is why our results here can only serve as a guideline for what you can expect from your card.
On NVIDIA cards with Boost, the values discussed here are base clock. Boost will further increase clocks. Boost is already factored into our resulting clocks for AMD cards because of the way their technology works.
Maximum overclock of our sample is 1410 MHz GPU base clock (18% overclock) and 2065 MHz memory (18% overclock).
Overclocking potential is excellent, but all cards in our test groups reached roughly the same clocks, making for yet another feature where no vendor can really differentiate itself.
Important: Each GPU (including each GPU of the same make and model) will overclock slightly
|Maximum Overclock Comparison|
|Max. GPU Clock||Max. Memory Clock|
|MSI GTX 960 Gaming||1410 MHz||2065 MHz|
|ASUS GTX 960 STRIX||1380 MHz||2025 MHz|
|EVGA GTX 960 SSC||1385 MHz||1985 MHz|
|Palit GTX 960 Super Jetstream||1400 MHz||2075 MHz|
differently based on random production variances. This table just serves to provide a list of typical
overclocks for similar cards, determined during TPU review.
Overclocked PerformanceUsing these clock frequencies, we ran a quick test of Battlefield 3 to evaluate the gains from overclocking.
Actual 3D performance gained from overclocking is 18.3%.