The MSI GeForce GTX 960 Gaming 2G is a mid-range graphics card based on the Maxwell architecture. The GPU has a single DVI-port, an HDMI-port and three DisplayPort connections. There is a rebate of $20 available for this specific card, bringing the price down to $159.99.
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Pro Same price as a reference GTX 960
Although the MSI GeFroce GTX 960 Gaming 2G is outfitted with a better cooler and comes overclocked out of the box, the price remains the same as a standard GTX 960 giving this MSI edition extra value for the money.
Pro Excellent overclocking potential
The GTX 960 chip overclocks very well and overclock results of over 20% aren't uncommon. Overclocking allows you to increase the clock speeds of your GPU for increased performance.
Pro Ideal for 1080p gaming
The GTX 960 holds up well in gaming benchmarks with a 1080p resolution and all games are perfectly playable. Some of the more recent titles may require you to to use medium settings, but overall 1080p performance is good. For example, Metro Last Light runs at an average of 56.1 frames per second with maximum details.
Pro Low power consumption
The MSI GTX 960 Gaming requires a single 6-pin PCIe power connector and is decently energy efficient. In non-gaming situations, maximum consumption is measured at about 9 watts while the maximum power usage during full load is 140 watts. Compared to its predecessor - the GTX 760 - that's a 21% improvement.
Con Memory hasn't been overclocked
Contrary to the GPU clock speed of the GTX 960, MSI has chosen not to overclock the memory of the graphics card - which is a missed opportunity to even further increase performance.
Con Previous generation chip
The GTX 960 chip has been around for a while, and both NVIDIA and AMD are introducing new mid-range graphics cards in the remainder of 2016. It's only a matter of time before a new graphics card debuts with increased performance and the same price tag, such as the RX 480 by AMD.