EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC 4GB Video Card Review

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • AMD CATALYST 15.8
  • NVIDIA GeForce 355.65

MSI Radeon R7 370 Test System

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1704 that came out on 05/08/2015. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-13-13-30 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements.
Test System Settings

Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
Motherboard
ASUS P9X79-E WS
Memory
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Monitor Sharp PN-K321 32″ 4K

 

EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SSC Video Card GPU-Z Info:

EVGA GeForce GTX 960 GPU-Z

EVGA GeForce GTX 960 Idle Temps

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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)