ASUS GTX960 Strix Review
As with most graphics card reviews there is a lot to be taken into account. It's very difficult to review them in a vacuum as how good they are depends upon your budget, requirements, current graphics card.. a whole hill of factors have to be taken into account.
When you're looking at a midrange card, the sector of the market that is saturated to breaking point, the waters become even murkier. nVidia themselves are aiming the GTX960 at those of you with a GTX660 in your system, and clearly if you're one of those people, or perhaps have something even older, then the GTX960 is worthy of purchase. The main rival is clearly the R9 280, which is slightly cheaper. However, sadly that's the only real benefit it has over the GTX960.
In nearly every title the GTX960 comfortably outperforms the GTX750Ti, GTX760 and, more often than not, the GTX770. We know that nVidia are aiming this at an even older card in their range but if it can beat the last generation ones it's worthy of mention. As for the Radeon cards you need a R9 290 before you regularly get ahead of the GTX960, and that takes twice the power and costs half as much again.
We desperately want strong competition between the two main GPU manufacturers but it's clear that the Maxwell architecture has moved the goalposts. The GTX980 is blisteringly fast, the GTX970 dominates the bottom of the top end, and now the GTX960 happily takes over the crown of the fastest, most efficient midrange card around. Given that sub £200 cards are the easily most popular ones it's almost a license to print money.
As for the ASUS Strix specifically we love how good it looks. When you've got a tiny PCB and a midrange card there is a tendency to put all your eggs in the performance basket, but the Strix looks fantastic with the cool and quiet DirectCU II cooler in place, and ASUS have even included a backplate. With only a single 6pin PCIe power input it's no surprise that we're at sub-250W for our test system, and that includes a heavily overclocked LGA2011 Core i7.
The ASUS GTX960 Strix looks amazing, has great performance, low power draw, low heat, quiet and doesn't break the bank. Impossible not to award it our OC3D Gold Award. You can also enter to win our GTX960 Fractal system below!
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