Games and Benchmarks
The MSI GTX 960 Gamer G2 gets edged out by the R9 285 by just over 1 FPS and towers over the 560 and 660 TI’s. All the GPU’s would render BioShock Infinite quite well at this resolution.
Break out the Wasabi Mango monitors full resolution of 2560 x 1440 and the 560 TI is gasping for breath, the 650 TI is holding at 33.3 which is rock solid to the human eye and again the MSI GTX 650 is edged out by the PowerColor R( 285. Please make note that all overclocking both CPU and GPU is disabled and the tests are run at stock speeds. The CPU turbo Boost is uncontrollable and hence disabled to prevent random Boosts interfering.
Far Cry 4
Lets kick in a little MSI GTX 760 in FarCry 4, as I’m sure you know FarCry 4 is known to bring lesser GPU’s to their knees so lets run the big boys here and just say the 560 and 660Ti ran whimpering from the room at these settings. I cranked it up to 2xSM, turned on HBAO, the settings are very high, and Fur and tree texture is on. The MSI GTX 960 Gamer G2 slinks past the r9 285 by just one FPS. We are 3 FPS below what I consider rock solid graphics (30 FPS).
I ran FarCry 4 up to 2560 x 1440 and saw obvious stuttering on all three of the GPU’s, lower setting it played reasonably well but at these settings wouldn’t be a pleasurable experience. There is barely one frames difference between the 760 at the bottom and the MSI GTX 960 Gamer G2 at the top.
Value - 9
Performance - 8.5
Quality - 9
Features - 9
Innovation - 9
The MSI GTX 960 Gamer G2 performed well at it's price point, sipped at power, the fans shut down at an idle and it packs in all the technology of a true Maxwell core.