Detailed Look: ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Strix
One of the things many of our readers take into account when buying a video card, is the bling factor. It is almost a standard nowadays that manufacturers implement LED logos into their most expensive line-ups, but unfortunately for the ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Strix, this is not common in lower-level video cards. What is new however, is the inclusion of an LED indicator which let’s the user know if the 6-pin connector is making appropriate contact or not. The LED is white if the connector is plugged in correctly, otherwise it is red.
To take off the back plate you do need to completely remove the heatsink, as it covers some of the screws which hold the back plate in place. Remember that removing the heatsink can void your warranty, and should only be done if necessary, like when installing a waterblock onto the GPU. At the back it can clearly be appreciated how small the PCB of the ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Strix is, however in the Strix model, the heatsink is elongated in order to accommodate for a second fan.
The heatsink itself is comprised of four copper heatpipes that transfer the heat directly to the heatsink fins, were the fans are in charge of removing the heat and therefore cooling the chip. If needed, the fans can be easily taken off and cleaned with a brush as they are only held by plastic grasps along both sides of the heatsink. To completely remove the fan assembly you will need to unplug the fan header, which can only be done if the heatsink is removed.
At the center of the PCB we find the star of this review, the GM 206. Towards the left you might be able to see the 5-phase thermal design which comprises itself of dedicated super alloy MOS with higher voltage threshold, super alloy chokes which should decrease whining noise over the standard ferrite or iron chokes, and super allow caps which are rated for a higher life span.
In the next section we will give a complete detailed guide on how we conduct each of our tests as well as providing specifications for all the equipment used in each of the tests. I highly recommend you read it before you jump ahead into the benchmark scores.