Nvidia GTX 960 Round UP Asus Zotac MSI Specs Compared

Which is the best Brand to buy if you are looking for Nvidia GTX 960?

There are currently 4 GTX 960 brands available in India  MSI, Gigabyte,  Asus and two models from Zotac. Here we are rounding up and comparing all the 5 cards there clock speeds, cooling technology and design and of course the price which brand should you buy.

Nvidia GTX 960 was launched for $199 worldwide but unfortunately, here in India, it costs more than $300 the price at which you can buy a GTX 970 in the US.  The GTX 970 is currently trading over Rs. 30,000 for good brands like Asus and Gigabyte G1.  A huge price difference makes Graphics card sales growth lower compared to what it could have been had prices have been rationale.

We will be doing another detailed review of Gigabyte GTX 960 after some days of usage and see how it performs compared to other cards. Also, a detailed review of GTX 970 which I have been testing for some days now is its way soon.

Let’s compare the Specs for all the Graphics Cards: Nvidia GTX 960 Round UP Asus Zotac MSI Specs Compared

GRAPHICSZotac 960 AMP Edition!Zotac Geforce GTX 960MSI GTX 960 GAMING 2GAsus GTX-STRIX-960-DC2-OCGigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 960
MODELGTX 960 AMP!GTX 960GTX 960GTX 960GTX 960
CHIPSETNVIDIA GEFORCENVIDIA GEFORCENVIDIA GEFORCENVIDIA GEFORCENVIDIA GEFORCE
GPUGTX 960GTX 960GTX 960GTX 960GTX 960
PCI EXPRES33333
GPU BASE CLOCK1266 MHz1177 MHz121612281241
GPU BOOST CLOCK1329 MHz1240 MHz127913171304
MEMORY CLOCK7010 Mhz7010 Mhz7010 Mhz7010 Mhz7010 Mhz
MEMORY SIZE VRAM2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB
MEMORY INTERFACE128-BIT128-BIT128-BIT128-BIT128-BIT
MEMORY TYPEDDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5DDR5
OPEN GL4.54.54.54.54.5
CUDA CORES10241024102410241024
DIMENSION267*139*36 mm 215.2 x 121.2 x 40.9 mm295*114*43 mm
FAN SIZEDual90mm IceStormDual 80mm fans Dual 100 Mm FansDual 90 mm Fanstripple 90 mm Fans
Price Rs.Rs. 19,000Rs. 18000Rs. 18600Rs. 19,000Rs. 19,500

Asus Strix GTX 960

  • The Asus card comes with the Direct CU II cooling technology
  • Offers  Zero DB fan technology which helps fans kick in after the graphics card touches 60 degree Celsius
  • 6 Pin Power Connector is required to connect it to the PSU, not high power consuming among GTX 960’s.
  • It is fitted with 2 GB of high-speed GDDR5 video memory that races along at boosted speeds of up to 7200 MHz
  • GPU Boost Clock: OC Mode: 1317 MHz; Gaming Mode: 1291 MHz
  • GPU base Clock: OC Mode: 1253 MHz; Gaming Mode: 1228 MHz
  • Resulting in performance that is 30% cooler and 3X quieter than reference for incredible stability

Nvidia GTX 960 Round UP Asus Zotac MSI Specs Compared Asus Strix GTX 960 DC2OC image1 Asus Strix GTX 960 DC2OC

Zotac 960 Reference Model

Freeze Tech – Zotac offers Freeze Tech on this card with the ability to cut off fans at low load and start spinning the fans once the temperatures rise. The card may be fine-tuned to suit user needs, and it can be done from the comfort of FIRESTORM, an in-house developed tweaking utility from ZOTAC.

The Firestorm is like EVGA precision X software but needs a lot of improvements, we used it to overclock the cards but saving profiles and managing is a pain with the firestorm which we hope Zotac will evolve over a period of time.

Nvidia GTX 960 Round UP Asus Zotac MSI Specs Compared

 

Zotac 960 AMP Edition

Zotac GTX 960 AMP Edition image2 Zotac GTX 960 AMP Edition image

Zotac 960 AMP Edition

 Hongkong based ZOTAC International offers Freeze Tech, ExoArmor on the GTX 960 AMP Edition cards which ensures much better cooling and temperatures compared to the base model. The better thermal design and cooling ensures you can easily overclock the AMP model much more compared to the reference model.

The card combined with a dual fan IceStorm technology (available on ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 AMP! Edition), and coupled with the newest Freeze tech, ZOTAC’s newest fan feature.
Freeze is an inspired breakthrough that will enable powerful video cards to become silent and reduce the wear on the fan system. When the user is not in action, the fans idle so they can enjoy the silence of the fans.

The fan will engage automatically when GPU temperature rises and stays silent for the rest of the time.The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 AMP! Edition boasts a sleek gunmetal ExoArmor with a durable wraparound metal back plate and front metal frame with a dual 90 mm IceStorm cooling solution which is great compared to the reference cooling solution on the base reference card.

 MSI GTX 960 GAMING 2G

Twin Frozr V – The new 10 cm Torx fans ensure huge amounts of silent airflow and visually match the bold new look of the Twin Frozr V. The heatsink itself is re-organized through the SuperSU design which increases heat-pipe efficiency, especially when combined with Airflow Control Technology.

Hybrid Frozr is a throwback to 2008 when MSI was the first to market high-end, zero noise graphics cards thanks to fans that stop spinning in low-temperature situations.

Nvidia GTX 960 Round UP Asus Zotac MSI Specs Compared MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G image2 MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G image

Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 960

The Gigabyte G1 is one of the best when you are hunting for either GTX 970 or GTX 960 models. The GTX 960 requires a 400W (with two 6-pin external power connectors) to run efficiently.  The Windforce 3X cooling system is equipped with high-performance pure copper heat-pipes which directly touch the GPU can strengthen the speed of heat dissipation.

The G1 also offers the Zero dB semi-passive fans with intuitive fan indicators. The card further boasts 160W of total board power, which is backed by a 6-phase GPU power design that effectively extends the overall stability and longevity with lower component temperature.

 

Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming Edition Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming Edition image2 Nvidia GTX 960 Round UP Asus Zotac MSI Specs Compared
The fans will remain off when the GPU is under a set loading or temperature for low power gaming. Besides, LED fan indicators on the top of the graphics card provide an instant display of whether the fans are spinning or not.Gamers could enjoy an absolutely silent gaming experience when playing light MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games like League of Legends.
By using GIGABYTE exclusive OC GURU II, GTX 960 OC Edition Series Graphics Cards can be monitored and tuned in real-time.

GTX 960 G1 Gaming, GIGABYTE at the same time releases the OC Edition GV-N960WF2OC-2GD and GV-N960IXOC-2GD.

Gigabyte Gtx 960 base model

(Above Picture) This is the Gigabyte non-G1 OC edition which is priced to match the competition and lack the three fan cooler but has 2 standard large fans for heat dissipation.

Verdict – Best Brand for Nvidia GTX 960 Graphic Card.

Gaming Benchmark performance you will not find much difference between the top 4 of suggestions below

1). Gigabyte G1 Gaming – I think the above description makes it very clear what you are getting for the money spent. In a nut shell, if you are looking to buy the GTX 960 you can go ahead with Gigabyte G1 for overall great performance though it is expensive if you can find a cheaper one offline.

2). Asus Strix for being value for money with good cooling/performance.

3) MSI Twin Frozer GTX 960 for having good cooling and overclocking ability. Asus and MSI both are great value for money, any of the two can be bought.

4). Zotac base version you should avoid and take the AMP version for better overclock and stable performance.

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. I want to know the suitable PSU wattage for my PC build the parts are:
    Intel i7 4790k
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
    WD Blue 1TB
    Corsair Vengeance 16GB
    ASUS Z97 Pro motherboard
    LG DVD writer
    Corsair Hydro H60 Cooler
    Wireless Mouse n Keyboard
    Please let me know the best suitable Wattage Range and also some products mostly from Corsair.
    Also go throughr the parts and let me know if I must change any of them without highly affecting my budget.
    Let me know how is the Dell D2415H monitor.
    Please Reply soon Or Maybe mail me,
    Thankyou

    • 650 watt is enough for your build you can look at corsair or cooler master PSU with 85% efficiency. dell S2340L is also a good option.

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