ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 960 Conclusion
I think Maxwell has done it again with a completely new chip, build from the ground up to provide enthusiasts with the perfect balance between budget, efficiency, and performance. It is clear that the GeForce GTX 960 is a worthy competitor in the budget section of the video card market. Users that obtain a GTX 960 will be able to play most games at 1080p on ultra settings without any hiccups. ASUS also deserves a mention, as the Strix version of the GTX 960 includes many features that are usually non-standard, as well as a beautiful design that includes a very robust backplate.
The most curious part of this story is the pricing NVIDIA has set for the GeForce GTX 960. In their current line-up there is a $150 gap between the GTX 960 and the GTX 970, which I have a feeling NVIDIA is going to fill. I recommend you stay tuned with Benchmark Reviews as we will be covering any future releases by NVIDIA.
The performance scores of the ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Strix land it right below the GeForce GTX 770 and with an average 12% improvement over it’s predecessor the GeForce GTX 760. Compared to an AMD card, the GeForce GTX 960 is a direct competitor to the AMD R9 285X, and totals the performance of the R9 270X. Compared to other graphics cards in it’s series the GeForce GTX 960 Strix has around half the performance of the fully fledged GeForce GTX 980. Due to a low memory bandwidth, the GeForce GTX 960 struggles at very high resolutions, and at games with very high amount of textures.
As expected from any ASUS Strix product, they put a really high emphasis on beautiful designs that depict elegance. The whole black theme is adorned by red accents found on the fans and fan shroud. Along the back you find an ASUS logo which is pointing the right way, and can be read by someone looking through the window of a case. The matte black PCB is well hidden by the beautiful exterior of the Direct CU ll cooler, which is easily identifiable by any DIY enthusiast due to the large visible heatpipes.
NVIDIA is clearly to this date the leader in the video card industry. In today’s product we saw one area in which NVIDIA always shines; the Maxwell architecture is a complete improvement over the really old Kepler GPUs, and although they shame the same 28nm manufacture process, Maxwell is much more well constructed. The GM206 processor consumes a lot less energy, produces less heat, and is able to run on just a single 6-Pin connector. Additionally, NVIDIA is now giving support for 5K displays with the GeForce GTX 960 graphics card, as well as H.265 encoding and decoding.
As of it’s launch date the ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Strix is valued at $209.99 (Amazon | Newegg | B&H), however there are many current models of the GeForce GTX 960 available for purchase now which means that prices may vary accordingly. A $209.99 price point also means that the ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Strix is at the same price as the AMD R9 285X which is it’s direct competitor. At launch, the GeForce GTX 760 was expected to be valued at $249.99, which compared to the official price of the GeForce GTX 960, is a $50 dollar difference.
At the end of the day, NVIDIA’s efforts to find a worthy replacement for the value oriented X60 graphics cards is successful. However, with the 900 series the spot for best price for the money has been taken by the GTX 970, which performs a lot closer to the GTX 980 than it does with the GTX 960. However there is still a very big price gap between both cards, which leads to the question, what is next in NVIDIA’s plans?
+ Back plate adds rigidity, value, and style
+ Outstanding performance for such a low price
+ Features HDMI 2.0 and Display port 1.2 for appropriate 4k support
+ Low power consumption and temperatures
+ Features ASUS 0dB technology
+ 5K display support
+ 2-Way SLI support
– At higher resolutions, low memory bandwidth becomes an issue
Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.