Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming Video Card Review

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Crysis 3

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Like the others, it is a first-person shooter developed by Crytek, using their CryEngine 3. Released in February 2013, it is well known to make even powerful system choke. It has probably the highest graphics requirements of any game available today. Unfortunately, Crytek didn’t include a standardized benchmark with Crysis 3. While the enemies will move about on their own, we will attempt to keep the same testing process for each test.

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Crysis 3 has a reputation for being highly resource intensive. Most graphics cards will have problems running Crysis 3 at maximum settings, so we settled on no AA with the graphics quality mostly set to Very High with 16x AF. We disabled v-sync and left the motion blur amount on medium.

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Crysis 3 appeared to run for the most part on just 3 CPU threads and used up about 15-18% of our Intel Core i7-4960X processor with these settings. Notice that the processor speed was at 3.53GHz and we very seldom, if ever, saw the processor go into turbo mode on Crysis 3.

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Benchmark Results: In Crysis 3 we again found that there was just a 0.7% difference between the ASUS STRIX GTX 960 OC and the Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming, so in real world gaming situations you can’t tell the difference when you are playing and you can barely see one when running benchmarks with FRAPS or built-in utilities.

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  • Muhammed Gedik

    Where are the test results gtx960 mini…? names on the list but not in the results…!

    • yep! …about to get a 960, still cant decide between gigabyte and galax exoc white!

      goVEGAN

  • Terry Perry

    I have the 970 can’t see why not with 6 months no interest at N.E. that is the one to get for the Future and only uses 500 watts to run. o 2 960 at 400 $ will destroy the 980. And my 280X or 290X both need 750 W p.s.

  • mike921

    The price delta between the 3 is only $5? Seems strange. I own the 960OC, works well for a non-gaming, 3 monitor (one 4K) rig.

  • Dorian Kunch

    Thank you for the great review Nate. I only with CPU’s could keep up with GPU technology. Although you turn off Physx for obvious (apples/apples) reasons, seeing the Physx enabled FPS might be nice info us nVidia dudes y dames.