Starting the adventure off in the world of GeForce GTX 960s in SLI, I asked myself one question: is it worth it? Simple answer: No. There are circumstances where I would recommend GTX 960s in SLI, so let's use that to start off.
If you wanted to upgrade your system right now, and had an SLI capable motherboard, but didn't want to spend $400+ on a GTX 970, then yes. The GTX 960 is definitely the card you should be buying right now. It's priced very competitively at $199, makes next to no noise most of the time and has a TDP of just 120W.
But two of them in SLI? It's a great upgrade path - so if you were the same consumer I stated above, and had an SLI motherboard, but didn't want to spend the money right now on a GTX 970, the upgrade path is great. Another 6-8 months from now these cards will most likely drop in price, and even less second hand. This means for around $120 (or so, roughly), you could pick a second GTX 960 up for some SLI action.
This is where the value is great, in picking a second one up (new or second hand) in the future. So you'd be spending $200 now, and let's say $100 toward the holidays. This is a cheaper option than dumping down $400+ now on a GTX 970, but it keeps your options open in the future. Normally I wouldn't recommend purchasing two mid-range cards in SLI, but the upgrade path here is very clear.
At 1080p on my 144Hz G-SYNC enabled ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q monitor, I was gaming at an average of 127FPS in Battlefield 4 with Ultra details. Turning it down to Medium and cranking the resolution up to the native resolution of my screen, 2560x1440 (1440p), I was enjoying it even more with an average of 153FPS. This really surprised me, the level of scaling with two mid-range cards in SLI from BF4.
But would you buy two cards in SLI right off the bat? No, no you wouldn't. You would get yourself a GTX 970 or GTX 980 and have an even bigger upgrade path of grabbing another high-end GPU for SLI if money permits down the track. But, starting off with a single card and having the option of a second, cheaper and possibly second hand GTX 960 gives budget gamers a great upgrade path.
Less than 370W total system power consumption, next to no noise and great scaling at 1080p and 1440p. Mid-range just got a whole lot more awesome. GTX 960s in SLI put simply, kick ass.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Testing Method & Test System Configuration]
- Page 3 [Synthetic Benchmarks (3DMark and Heaven)]
- Page 4 [Game Benchmarks (1080p)]
- Page 5 [Game Benchmarks (1440p)]
- Page 6 [Game Benchmarks (4K)]
- Page 7 [Game Performance Summary]
- Page 8 [Power Consumption and Sound Testing]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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