EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC 4GB Video Card Review

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DOTA 2

Dota 2

DOTA 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena video game, the stand-alone sequel to the Defense of the Ancients (DotA) Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod. Developed by Valve Corporation, DOTA 2 was released as a free-to-play title for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux in July 2013. In August 2015 the most recent STEAM survey shows that at any given time of the day there are on average 600,000 people playing the game title with a peak of nearly 1 million. DOTA 2 uses the Source game engine by Valve.

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We tested DOTA 2 at 1920 x 1080 screen resolution with VSync disabled. The rest of the settings we set to high or enabled. We did go into the console and raise the fps_max from 120 to 1000 to raise the frame cap ceiling  to set it to 1000 fps to better show the performance differences between the cards.  Without raising the FPS cap it should be noted that all the cards we tested had exactly the same average frame rate as they were at the frame rate cap for most all of the benchmark. We used Game 4 in the International grand championship match as our test replay. We ran FRAPS for 90 seconds starting at the 28:00 minute mark on the replay of CDEC vs EG. This part of the game is known as the 6 Million Dollar Echo Slam and is one of the memorable matches we’ve seen. The Match ID is 1697818230 if you’d like to download this section and try it out on your own system to see how it compares to our results.

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In the replay that we used we found the GeForce GTX 960 and GeForce GTX 950 cards to offer very similar performance on our test system and we honestly couldn’t tell a difference between the two cards in our system. The AMD Radeon R7 370 video card on the other hand was found to have lower performance. The minimum frame rate was down just 2-3 FPS, but the average was lower by nearly 10 FPS and the peak frame rate was 25 FPS lower.

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Benchmark Results: Here is the FPS result charted over time and you can see how the NVIDIA GeForce cards appear to excel at the periods of the replay where not much action is going on, but the AMD and NVIDIA cards are very similar when you get a large number of Heroes in one area battling it out. If you are a big MOBA game player you’ll not see much difference between the GTX 950 and GTX 960 at 1080P screen resolution gaming!

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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)