GTX 960 is here
A few days ago I got my hands on the gtx 960 strix from asus. Getting in the shop bright and early I was excited to see what nvidia had done to this card. Upon opening the box and setting it up, it did show some cool tech including things like a little led showing the card had power and something that I personally like which was the zero fan mode. What this allows the user to have is a very quiet card that still packs a large punch in the performance department. Though you can have the zero fan feature using things like MSI afterburner it will take you a while to set up and I really like that it is an out of the box feature. Other things that caught my attention when using this card was the cooler and how well made it is. The looks or the fact that it features 4 large heat pipes with dual 75mm fans the cooler is a winner in my opinion. Now in terms of performance the card is solid, compered to last years model it is nothing special and even nvidia knows that. In their release they said that it is the successor to the nvidia gtx 660 rather than last years 760. This surprised me that nvidia would say that until I had a closer look at the specs of the core, unlike last year this 960 has a fully featured gm 206 core unlike the 760 that had a crushed version of the high end core inside. Other things about the card include 2gb of gddr5 memory which might be the last time nvidia uses gddr5 memory on a new gpu as AMD has started using HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) and nvidia will be on that real soon.
Overall the nvidia gtx 960 strix is a great card for a decent budget build. Not going overkill this card plays most modern titles at medium to high and will be a good upgrade for users of older 60 classes of graphics cards or any one who needs a new card. It also features all the latest tech from nvidia and is put at a grate price point of $300 AUD