This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+.
Silence: Something I'm beginning to love about these new GeForce GTX 960s is that they're all silent. The EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ barely made a peep, and that's how I like it. Even sitting here in the darkness of night playing Battlefield 4, the fans might spin up every now and again, but there's next to no noise from the card 90% of the time.
Impressive Cooling Technology: EVGA has quite an elaborate cooling setup on its GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ video card, something that I really not only enjoyed the look of, but the performance. Even the back of the card, without a backplate, didn't get that hot during our extensive testing.
1080p 60FPS Gaming At Just Over $200: Nearly all of our games hit 60FPS at 1920x1080, with most of them easily performing higher than 60FPS. For $209, this is something that is worth calling home about.
Battlefield 4 + 1080p + 60FPS = YES!: For a $209 card, one wouldn't expect to crank Battlefield 4 up to its Ultra preset (minus AA) and exceed 60FPS, but the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ does that, and more.
Maxwell Architecture: As we detailed in our GeForce GTX 960 architecture overview article, NVIDIA has got some magic with its Maxwell architecture. EVGA takes this, and hits a home run with its GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+.
Messy Overclocking Software: While EVGA's PrecisionX overclocking software looks great, it is a mess to work with. Most people are used to it because they have to be (testing GPUs all day long, or they've used PrecisionX from day one), but for someone who has never used it before, it can be incredibly confusing.
In saying that, this is a minor, minor touch. This has nothing to do with the overall feeling of the card, or how it performs for my judgment on the final thoughts below.
EVGA has impressed me throughout this entire review, from the initial packaging which is high quality, the actual box contents where you even get a sticker and poster, right down to the card. The card itself feels great to hold, and looks even better. But none of that matters, as we're all here for performance, right?
Well, gaming at over 1080p and 60FPS+ is something that the consoles can only dream of, but here we are with a $209 video card that does all of this without making noise, or at least not much at all. What magic does EVGA use? NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture, that's what. We have a slew of display outputs, a bloody impressive cooler in the ACX 2.0+ and so much more.
EVGA's overclocking software, PrecisionX, for me personally was a letdown. I didn't enjoy using it at all, and it is something that will be instantly uninstalled as soon as I'm finished with this review, which isn't long now.
Other than the software, everything else is near perfect for me. 1440p performance in Battlefield 4 was impressive, with Medium details netting us 105FPS average, while Ultra detail (minus AA) provided us with a more than playable 70FPS average. My nephew was standing behind me watching me play Battlefield 4 for our real-time multiplayer benchmarking, and he asked me which card I was testing.
I replied with "EVGA's GeForce GTX 960", but he thought I said GTX 980, so I continued playing. I was testing out the frame rate and alt-tabbing to put my FRAPS recordings into various folders, when he saw that GPU-Z was open and it said "GTX 960". He asked me if I meant GTX 980 or GTX 960 and when I replied with GTX 960, as an avid FPS gamer, his jaw dropped. He couldn't believe I was averaging 70FPS at 2560x1440 with Ultra (minus AA) details in BF4.
For $209, the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ is definitely a video card you will not regret purchasing. From the box to the card itself, you will not think EVGA has cut any corners. For gamers that are playing at 1440p or 1080p, this is a no-brainer. Even at 4K, you're still going to have a great time if you play around with the in-game detail settings in some of your games to tweak performance.
All-in-all, EVGA has a great GeForce GTX 960 here, something worthy of your $210 or thereabouts, that's for sure.
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United States: The EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 2GB GDDR5 retails for $209.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (overclocking, power)||95%|
|Quality (build, cooling, design)||90%|
|General Features (display outputs, etc)||90%|
|Bundle, Packaging & Software||95%|
|Value for Money||100%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: EVGA has a great NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 video card on its hands, with its very impressive ACX 2.0+ cooler. From the opening of the box, to the performance of the card itself, it's all class here from EVGA.
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