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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

Card Specifications

 

The MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 2G OC has three different modes, which provides users with a great array of options of performance, power and noise.

 

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Starting with Silent Mode, which has the Core at 1127MHz with a Boost Clock of 1178MHz. The Gaming Mode bumps this up to 1190MHz on the Core, while the Boost is 1253MHz and the OC Mode boosts it up to 1216MHz, while Boost Clock is at 1279MHz.

 

MSI has stuck with the reference design of the GeForce GTX 960 when it comes to the 128-bit memory bus and 2GB of VRAM which is no different to the competition. We have four display outputs like the other GTX 960s we've reviewed, with three DisplayPort outputs, one HDMI 2.0 and a Dual Link DVI output.

 

The MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 2G OC has MSI's redesigned and totally awesome Twin Frozr V cooler. We'll jump into the new cooler below, but there's also a single 8-pin PCIe power connector on the card too, which ensures it'll have enough power during those late night gaming sessions while it's being overclocked like crazy.

 

 

Cooling Setup

 

MSI cards have always been something that I've been attracted to, but not only because most of the time they look great, but the Twin Frozr cooling technology MSI has created is one of the best cooling setups available on video cards today.

 

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The new Twin Frozr V cooler is 12% cooler on a GeForce GTX 770 when compared to the Twin Frozr IV, while the GTX 980 sees temperatures drop 17% when compared to the reference GTX 980 cooler. This is impressive, as we're seeing double-digit improvements, even when using the reference GTX 980 design, which is already great.

 

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MSI uses a Torx fan, which is a big improvement over the traditional fans, as it will maximize downwards airflow and air dispersion, right down onto that chunky heat sink below it. The Advanced Dispersion Blade design "generates 19% more airflow without increasing drag for supreme silent performance". We will talk about this in our detailed run of the card, which to just tease you now, was totally silent for virtually all of our testing.

 

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A gigantic heat pipe runs through the entire card, with MSI's SuperSU Architecture being the "best cooling solution for video cards", according to the company. The GPU itself is cooled by a gigantic nickel-plated copper base which is connected to Super pipes (8mm heat pipes). The heat pipe layout also increases the efficiency by reducing the length of unused heat pipe and special SU-form design.

 

Moving onto the Twin Frozr, which MSI introduced in 2008, totally eliminates fan noise in low-load situations. The cooler does this by completely stopping the fans when they're not needed, such as right now while I type this review and have music playing through Spotify with 15+ tabs open in Chrome, the fans are inactive.

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