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Thursday , 24 September 2020

EVGA GTX 960 SuperSC SweetSpot Plus Style

Power Consumption, Thermals & Overclocking

Power Consumption

Power

I took power consumption at the wall using a Kill A Watt Power drain measurement device, I loaded Unigine Heaven and let it idle for 30 minutes recorded the Idle temperature and Power Consumption, shut it down and let it cool for a half hour then repeated the test twice in this sequence, For the load I ran Unigine Heaven looping for 30 minutes, let it cool down to the Idle temps established in the previous test then looped it 30 minutes repeating the process a total of 3 times. Once completed I take the three results form each test and average them giving me an aggregate  average for each result. Killing two birds with one stone and getting Power Consumption and Thermals.

Power

Of course the MSI and EVGA GTX 960’s ran a similar power profile but if you notice the EVGA model comes in about 3 Watts lower and we attributed that to the well designed fans providing more overclocking head room.

 Temperatures

Temps

For Thermal readings I looked Uingine Heaven for 30 minutes then read the thermal load, Cool the machine down for 30 minutes at an idle then read the Idle temperatures. I repeat that same process three times then average the three runs and report those scores. An eye is kept out for anomalous runs, if an anomaly occurs I shut the machine down let it cool off, reboot and rerun the test.

Thermals_Idle

The EVGA GTX 960 SSC with its redesigned fans and straight heatpipes beat the whole pack and came in at a silent 24°C at Idle, the Radeon card was a full 14°C higher,

Thermals_load

The EVGA GTX 960 came out the winner on thermals running a full 8°C behind the MSI 960, the hottest card the R9 285 came in at 63°C, The thermal performance of the Maxwell GPU’s is pretty amazing considering generations past. I still have a reference GTX 480 going strong and for fun fired it up and loaded it on the same test rig and it hit 98°C but did come in handy warming up my coffee.

Overclocking

Overclocking the EVGA GTX 960 we left the default Voltage and fan profile intact ensuring the longest lifespan for the EVGA GTX 960 and as we’ve observed in several samples applying more voltage doesn’t help much. Default voltage and standard fan profile are the most realistic Overclock using the Auto tune features in EVGAs’ PrecisionX and represents an overclock you can expect. Please note that every GPU overclocks differently and your results may vary slightly but every GTX 960 we got hands on overclocked about the same so these are realistic attainable results.

OC

 

We Pushed the card to a core clock of 1385MHz and 8% increase or 106MHz increase over the Factory OC EVGA applies to the 960 SSC. The EVGA GTX 960 SSC is already well overclocked from the factory so the additional 105MHz is a pretty decent no added voltage OC. We like to call no added voltage OC’s Longevity overclocks. That might leave you scratching your head but we have cards still running no voltage overclocks in every generation since the 8800GT  Alpha Dog. The 8800GT Alpha Dog was introduced in 2007 so it’s been overclocked on a daily basis for 8 years, added voltage overclocks are ok if you don’t mind a degraded lifespan and early demise of your GPU. With some GPU’s running $500+ dollars the no voltage overclock is getting quite popular with GPU purchasing sector.

Our No added Voltage OC got us 5 or 6 FPS in some of the benchmark video games so it’s worthwhile to run the OC but even then we recommend backing off the OC for less taxing activities.  There’s really no advantage to the OC playing Solitaire.

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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