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Thursday , 24 September 2020

EVGA GTX 960 SuperSC SweetSpot Plus Style

Testing & Methodology

It’s best to talk expectations on lower tier enthusiast upper tier mainstream GPU’s.before getting into the test results portion. I mentioned it earlier the MSI GTX 960 is a card in the $200 – 240 dollar range and has about half the hardware of a GTX 980 or for that matter a 970 and shouldn’t be held to those standards. The much narrower memory bus will keep the 960 class cards from competing with their big brothers. What I decided to do since this is a replacement card for the GTX 760 and older cards is to first test against a 560ti and a 660ti then up the ante and test against a PowerColor R9 285 and a 760 that way you get a look at what you get replacing an older card and what you see replacing a newer card.

Test Rig

 

Test Rig
“Hexzilla”
Case Type Corsair Obsidian Series 800D
CPU Intel Haswell E 5930k 3.3GHz
Motherboard Asus X99 Deluxe
Ram Kingston Fury 32GB 2400MHz (15 – 15 -15)
CPU Cooler Thermalright Ultra 120 RT (Dual 120mm Fans)
Hard Drives Kingston M.2. SM2280S3 120GB M.2. Solid
State Drive
Optical Asus Quiet Trac BR
GPU EVGA GTX 960 SSC
Case Fans 120mm Fan cooling the mosfet CPU area
Docking Stations None
Testing PSU SilverStone 1500W
Legacy None
Mouse Razer Lachesis
Keyboard Razer Lycosa
Any Attempt Copy This System
Configuration May Lead to Bankruptcy

 

Benchmarks

Benchmarks
3DMark 11
BioShock Infinite
FarCry 4
Metro Last Light
Unigine Heaven 4.0

I did a fresh load of the Windows 8.1 operating system, completely updated it from windows update. I do a no external driver load of Windows, no GPU, fancy mouse, or for that matter any driver other than for the Motherboard. I then clone the drive using Acronis keeping a clean copy for the next GPU or in case of catastrophic drive failure. Each GPU gets a clean install and clean drivers with no previous installs that way. I run each test 5 times and take an average of those 5 runs, if one run should be an anomaly  (obviously out of the expected range as set by the other 4 runs) I rerun the test and throw out the problematic run.  Benchmarks with built-in auto benching I run normally, Games with Fraps I go to a heavily enemy infested area pause kick in a Macro creator run the enemy infested area then stop Fraps then stop the Macro creator. The macro creator is then used in every Fraps run to run the same exact pattern 4 more times. Every game has a save point, every game uses a custom Macro to recreate the 5 runs ensuring from game to game and GPU to GPU the runs are exactly the same run.

 

Review Overview

Value - 9.5
Performance - 9
Quality - 9.5
Features - 9.5
Innovation - 9.5

9.4

The EVGA GTX 960 has that kind of quiet style of an era gone by. Instead of a Bikini cowling with flimsy plastic it sports a full cowling and under that cowling it packs a plethora of technology.

User Rating: 2.76 ( 4 votes)

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4 comments

  1. I hate it when amateur overclockers are worried about the lifespan of their card, and are afraid to adjust the voltage….
    Good for you the 8800gt is still alive.. now go play doom with it

    • Actually we get paid to OC and to OV equipment and we do it very well making us the professional OCers. You on the other hand have no world records and don’t get paid making you the rank amateur. OCing is for when you need that boost, and yes there is a trend to 24/7 OCing and there are also reports of 24/7 overclockers experiencing twice the failure rate of equipment of moderate use overclockers. Then the Overvolters like you try and foist your burnt up trash on innocent people on Ebay. My XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog sold for $100 all these years later and the guy Running SLI 8800GT retro SLI will enjoy his vintage rig for years. Haven’t you heard bro Old is gold, well except in your case old is just trash.

      • Zomg. This is the best response I’ve seen on a review ever. A lengthy review and all he could do was whine about OV. As to the 8800, pretty sure there’s someone in this house playing WoW on one.

  2. Enjoyed your review. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

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