EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC 4GB Video Card Review

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EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC 4GB Video Card Overclocking



EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC Overclock

In case you forgot, the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC 4GB graphics card is already factory overclocked up to 1279 MHz base with a boost clock of 1342MHz and the 4GB of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 1753MHz (7012 MHz effective). By using the EVGA Precision X utility to overclock the core of the GPU by 100MHz and memory by 300MHz we were running at 1379 MHz base clock (1442MHz boost) and the memory was at 2053MHz (8212 MHz effective).

This overclock meant that we were running at 1567.8 MHz at times thanks to NVIDIA Boost 2.0 on the core, which is one of the highest clocks we have gotten for the GM206 ‘Maxwell’ GPU on any GeForce GTX 950 or GeForce GTX 960 video card!

EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC 4GB Stock:


EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC 4GB Overclocked:


By overclocking the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC 4GB video card we were able to take the stock score of 7045 and raise it up to 7800. This is a 755 point increase in our overall 3DMark score, which represents a performance gain of 10.7 percent. Not a bad little performance gain that didn’t cost us anything and was done without altering the GPU voltages.


In Battlefield 4 the overclock got us a 13.4% performance increase, so we actually saw a bigger gain in a real world game title rather than a synthetic benchmark!


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  • Dying_in_this_Crap_World

    why are you not comparing to r9 285/r9 380 which is the DIRECT competitor you fricking retard.

  • sccrxer

    I would love to know the other settings you used in the Precision X tool to get the overclock to be stable. Did you increase voltage? I have the same card but can’t manage to get much of any overclock to be stable. It may be that I’m not entirely sure what to change after adjusting the Core and memory sliders…

    • Frank Honest

      Max out voltage and power tdp. Add 100mhz to core and run 3Dmark 11, add another 50. Until you see artifacts then go down by 20 and test again.

    • Samuel Pettey

      Most EVGA cards I have used have been able to deal with +110 MHz Base & +120 MHz Memory without voltage changes.

      • sccrxer

        I’m using the SSC version of this card and I haven’t figured out a way to get any stable overclock that’s worth doing.

  • Sviat A

    Wow, that is a huge article to read. Hopefully, the card will show fine. I am trying to choose a new much-faster card than my old HD5450 (which will fine only with CS Condition Zero).

    After watching the comparison, I am not sure that its good to include an AMD card with much lower GPU frequency and twice less video memory.

    In any case, this card looks good. Have to choose between it and MSI (http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GTX-960-GAMING-2G/dp/B00SAYDRP8). Although it may be better to choose a card with 4GB (http://hardware.nl/evga/04g-p4-3962-kr.html)