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GALAX GeForce GTX 960 EXOC Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Feb 27, 2015 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: GALAX

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the GALAX GeForce GTX 960 EXOC.

 

What's Hot

 

Silence: The dual-fan cooler on the GTX 960 EXOC does its job more than well enough, with our all-night sessions of Battlefield 4 and various testing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K handling it all without a problem. Great stuff.

 

1080p 60FPS For $200: This is the best thing about the GTX 960 - NVIDIA has provided AIBs like GALAX with the ability to offer gamers and consumers with a gaming VGA card for ~$200 that can easily handle 1080p60 gaming.

 

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Great Cooling System: GALAX has provided a dual-fan cooling system that not only keeps the GTX 960 EXOC cool, but it also looks incredibly cool. If you've got a side window on your PC, you'll want to show this bad boy off.

 

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 So Great OC Software: This is about the only downside of the GALAX GeForce GTX 960 EXOC, is its overclocking software. It has most of the features you'd like in overclocking software, but I found the user interface not so intuitive.

 

Display Outputs: I have been really enjoying where NVIDIA has been going with its GTX 900 series and its full push on DisplayPort, but GALAX decides to ditch DP for DVI ports. This isn't necessarily bad, but it does make the card less futureproof. Especially considering G-SYNC displays are DisplayPort exclusive.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

GALAX has produced an excellent GeForce GTX 960 with its GTX 960 EXOC. Starting with some great packaging, an even better looking card, and stellar performance. It doesn't do too much to stand out from the competition, so you'd be buying this purely on your market, or the looks of the card.

 

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Personally, I really dig the look of the GTX 960 EXOC. It has a 'military' feel to it, and its 2-slot cooler allows it to be installed into a small case or thrown into an SLI build easily. The protruding heat sink at the top isn't too much of a problem, either. The stylish back plate is something that might sound like a small detail, but it really creates a great overall look for the card.

 

We have some great performance once again, as we have seen from all of the GTX 960s, with the GALAX card coming with an excellent out-of-the-box factory overclock, with some additional headroom for overclocking.

 

The card made absolutely no noise during all of our testing, which was another tick in the 'buy this now' box for GALAX. If you're in the market for a new video card and haven't purchased one of the competitors' cards yet, the GALAX GeForce GTX 960 EXOC definitely deserves your attention.

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, cooling, design)90%
General Features (display outputs, etc)75%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating89%

The Bottom Line: GALAX hits the right notes with its GeForce GTX 960 EXOC. A refreshingly simple, yet effective cooling setup is only let down by its display output configuration. An overclockers best friend, too!

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