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MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 2G OC Edition Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 3:09 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 2G OC Edition.

 

What's Hot

 

Silence: All of the GeForce GTX 960s we've tested so far have been silent, but MSI's GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 2G OC Edition takes it to an entire new level. I didn't hear the card during any of my testing, apart from the fans spinning up from time to time to keep it cool. Even still, the fans are next to silent, and that's on an open air test bench. In a chassis, you're not going to hear it, period.

 

Unbeatable Price Point: At just over $200, you're getting amazing value for money. NVIDIA has made a GPU that vendors can price so competitively, that you're getting a 1080p60 card for an insane price.

 

1080p 60FPS Gaming Has Met its Match: We said this with the other GeForce GTX 960s and we'll say it again. 1080p 60FPS gaming is available for a price point that is unbelievable. This couldn't have happened a year ago.

 

Great Cooling System: MSI's Twin Frozr V cooler is the best we've tested yet, with a great big heat sink array that keeps the GM206 core nice and cool. Not only that, but it's incredibly silent, so those late night gaming sessions won't have you hearing it through your headphones.

 

MSI's Software: MSI is a king of its software, with its Afterburner software being some of the most used overclocking and stat-monitoring software in the world. This is a big part of the experience these days, great software: something MSI owns right now.

 

Maxwell Architecture: As we detailed in our GeForce GTX 960 architecture overview article, NVIDIA has got some magic with its Maxwell architecture. We wouldn't be here today praising up the work of MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 2G OC if it weren't for the engineering efforts NVIDIA went to with Maxwell. Truly impressive stuff.

 

What's Not

 

Not As Fast As The Competition: The MSI card is strong overall, but it does lose out to the ZOTAC and EVGA variants by around 5-10% in most games. There is some great headroom for overclocking, but not everyone wants to overclock the card. This isn't necessarily a 'bad' thing, but it's something worth noting.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

I was waiting by my door for the MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 2G OC Edition to come, and while I wasn't disappointed by it, I wasn't surprised by it either. I thought out of the three GTX 960s I've reviewed so far, the MSI would be the stand out, and it wasn't.

 

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That's not to say that the MSI card is a bad card, it's just at its default clocks (which most people will run it at), it doesn't beat the ZOTAC or EVGA cards. When it comes to the cooling, the Twin Frozr V is second to none. The ACX 2.0+ cooler on the EVGA card is great, but the MSI card looks better. The fans barely spin, so you hardly hear the card when it's in your system.

 

MSI's software is also another centerpiece, as software is just so important these days. The company offers some great software in its Gaming App, as well as its Afterburner software.

 

When it comes to "should you, or shouldn't you" buy the MSI card, I still recommend it. It can be overclocked to beat the competitors' cards, MSI's software packages are top notch, the cooling system is simply awesome and you have the GTX 960 at its core with NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture being one of the best things to happen to GPUs in a very long time.

 

If you're after a new video card, MSI's GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 2G OC Edition, while not having the best out-of-the-box performance, is definitely a great card. You won't regret the purchase, and you'll have plenty of room to play around with overclocking, which is something MSI has always excelled in. Long live Twin Frozr!

 

 

PRICING: You can find the MSI Computer Graphics Cards GTX 960 GAMING 2G for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The MSI Computer Graphics Cards GTX 960 GAMING 2G retails for $209.99 at Amazon.

 

Canada: The MSI Computer Graphics Cards GTX 960 GAMING 2G retails for CDN$338.68 at Amazon Canada.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)90%
Quality (build, cooling, design)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: MSI impress with its GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 2G OC Edition video card, with its great cooling setup in the Twin Frozr V down to the overclocking headroom. A great splash of style also doesn't hurt, either.

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