Asus is one of the leading Computer Peripherals manufacturers in the industry. They are making motherboards, video cards, notebooks, Networking equipment like routers, Optical drives and more. Today, we have Asus GeForce GTX 960 STRIX OC edition video card on our review bench. The video card is based on NVIDIA’s GTX 960 series, which has the GM206 GPU inside that is designed based on the industry leading Maxwell architecture, and it comes with factory overclocked and 0db fan for silent gaming so, our excitement is high to give it a try in our style. Today, we are going to unleash the power of Asus GTX 960 STRIX OC 2GB GPU. First of all, Thanks to Asus India for providing this review unit. Stick with us till the end to read our final words about this beast.
Introduction to GeForce GTX 960:
The GTX 960 was announced by NVIDIA on January 22, 2015. The new video card sits with high-end GTX 9xx series, but it comes with cheaper $199 price tag, which is a popular price tag for dedicated GPU buyers. The GTX 960 is aimed to provide the high-end features and performance at a mid-range price. The end user will be able to play all high-end titles at 1080p resolution with ease and NVIDIA further claimed that it can provide playable frame rates for 4K games, which is added bonus.
NVIDIA has done a fabulous job in bringing the industry best Maxwell architecture as well as the ultra-fast 7GHz clock speeds to the mid-range GPU segment. These features enable insane 112GB/s memory bandwidth on GDDR5 configuration. The other raw specifications include a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 bus interface, 64 texture units and 32 ROPs and a downgraded 128-bit memory bus. The GTX 960 also offers Delta Color compression to compliment the reduced memory bandwidth using compression technology. Since it utilizes Maxwell architecture, it brings the support for DSR (Dynamic Super Resolution), MFAA (Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing), VR Direct, OpenGL 4.4, G-Sync, ShadowPlay, PhysX Flex, Turf effects and DirectX 12. To give you short explanation, the DSR intelligently shrinks the 4K content back to the 1080p for a better fit to Full HD monitor, but NVIDIA promised to provide 4K level graphics quality at 1080p resolution. While, the MFAA will allow users to achieve improved image quality at a lower performance cost. The DirectX 12 is a new and improved graphics library by Microsoft for richer and great levels of graphics experience that needs a new hardware and GTX 960 has the full support of it. The GTX 960 based cards need a 6-pin power connector to provide required 120-watt power. It has GM206 GPU at its heart with 1024 CUDA cores and 2GB VRAM. The GPU has clocked at 1126 MHz per core and can boost clock speeds to 1178 MHz. It had roughly 2.9 Billion transistors and built on TSMC’s 28nm fabrication process.