How We Judge Performance
To change up the usual way we used to review video cards, we will be looking at each card and judging its performance based on the resolution most people will be using it for. So when it comes to the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ most will be gaming at 1080p, but you're going to be surprised at the 2560x1440, or 1440p results.
I've obviously benchmarked the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ at 1440p and 4K, but those results will not be impacting my Final Thoughts on the card at all. Any and all judgment on this card is going to come from the 1080p benchmarking, its overclocking potential, features, software, noise, price and power consumption.
How does the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ stack up?
Before jumping into the numbers, we've only reviewed the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 AMP! Edition so far, with the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ being the second GTX 960 that we've taken a look at. Performance between them on our built-in benchmarks is within 5-10% of each other, so there's not much that's going to sell you in terms of performance for the EVGA card.
What will impress you is that it's totally silent, but that's not to say the ZOTAC card was, but the EVGA's ACX 2.0+ barely turns on, even when stressing it out at 4K.
Performance at 1080p
At 1920x1080, the EVGA card performs beautifully. We were able to play Battlefield 4 at 1080p and Ultra detail (AA disabled) at a minimum of 82FPS and an average of 107FPS. These results are great, and something that you simply cannot beat for $209.
Games like GRID Autosport ran great too, with 110FPS average, while Shadow of Mordor is just playable at 33FPS with its Ultra preset enabled (and AA disabled once again). Sniper Elite 3 was pushing out a great 88FPS average, while Lara Croft was enjoying her time in Tomb Raider with an average of 61FPS.
Performance at 1440p
We begin seeing a trend here with Battlefield 4 and the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ video card, where the average FPS really kills the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 AMP! Edition. The EVGA card managed 105FPS on the Medium preset at 1440p, while the ZOTAC card provided just 86FPS.
Turning things up a notch to the Ultra preset (minus AA), we see the EVGA card continue to shine with 70FPS, leaving the 58FPS result from ZOTAC in its dust. Not only that, but the minimum results are also much more impressive. We have the EVGA card giving us 44FPS minimum with Ultra settings at 1440p, while the ZOTAC card was only managing 28FPS.
As for the rest of our games, GRID Autosport found identical results to that of the ZOTAC card, while Metro: Last Light saw the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ spitting out 36FPS, just one more frame compared to the 35FPS on the competing GTX 960. Shadow of Mordor had the same 27FPS, while our remaining four tests netting us nearly identical results to that of the ZOTAC card.
Performance at 4K
The EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ performs quite well at 4K, but this isn't something you'd be buying it for. Starting with Battlefield 4 at Medium settings, we actually see some impressive results with 50FPS average, identical to that of the ZOTAC variant.
GRID Autosport, Metro: Last Light and Shadow of Mordor had nearly identical results to that of the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 AMP! Edition, with the rest of our games in our benchmarking lineup resulting in nearly the same performance. The GTX 960, no matter what stock (out of the box) speeds on offer, is within 5-10% of the performance of any model close to it.
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