ASUS GTX960 Strix Review

Conclusion

ASUS GTX960 Strix Review

Conclusion

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!



GTX960 SYSTEM COMPETITION

Thanks to ASUS for supplying the GTX960 Strix for review. Discuss it in the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

22-01-2015, 08:58:58

MadShadow
Holy , Im so glad I took a sick day off school!
This is pretty amazingQuote

22-01-2015, 09:00:08

Dicehunter
Awesome sauce, Included the vid and a link to the review in the latest driver thread Quote

22-01-2015, 09:16:56

barnsley
Its rival technically is the 285 now. I think they've stopped selling the 280 and 280x.Quote

22-01-2015, 09:20:57

Meladath
Is it just me or has this gotten way too much praise... You say

"In nearly every title the GTX960 comfortably outperforms the GTX750Ti, GTX760 and, more often than not, the GTX770."

It does indeed outperform the 750Ti in everything, much to be expected. But sometimes the 760 outperforms the 960 sometimes. I don't know about you, but I find this fact simply appalling. Performance (sometimes) went down after an entire generation? I don't see the 770 outperforming (or even getting close to) the 970, or the 780 to 980 the same. Why is the 960 seemingly gimped compared to those, and how/why is this acceptable or even good?

You also state the 960 more often than not outperforms the 770. There are only like 5 charts in the entire review it ties or beats the 770, out of 16, and not by much at all. How exactly does the 960 more often then not perform better than the 770 if this is the case?

I think the only impressive thing about this card (and the 960 as a whole from all the reviews I have seen so far) really is it's power usage. Which is pretty impressive indeed. I think because the 960 is a blend of the 750Ti (same memory controller etc) and a cut down 970.

If/When AMD counter with a price cut, I don't really see much reason for anyone to buy a 960 honestly.

Also. I don't know if you have noticed, but the PCB of the ASUS 960 actually has a 192 bit bus (6 memory locations with only 4 filled), its simply not used on the 960. Almost guaranteed that there will be a 960Ti soon which is what the 960 should have been originally.Quote

22-01-2015, 09:41:27

barnsley
Forgot to add, this card is amazing power draw wise. Shame there isn't more VRAM though.Quote
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