MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G Graphics Card Review

Another GTX 960 but does the MSI Gaming spin on it give it an edge over AMD?

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Introduction

Brand: MSI
Model: GTX 960 Gaming 2G
Price: £167.99 (At time of review)

The NVIDIA Maxwell train has stopped at the station and is now currently well on its way to the final destination; for those wondering, an efficient, reasonably priced and colourful one. So over the past few months aside from the GTX 750Ti (which doesn’t count), NVIDIA have been rolling out their Maxwell architecture across the market and have thus covered the market in high-end, mid-range and now with their 1080p gaming solution. I am of course talking about the GTX 980, GTX 970 and the more recent GTX 960 (respectively). One of the main graphics card partners which bat for both sides (AMD and NVIDIA), MSI have been utilising their latest generation GPU cooler, the Twin Frozr V (5) across the new NVIDIA range of graphics cards.

MSI who surely need no introductions have made some of the most popular graphics card cooling solutions in recent times with their Twin Frozr series. From 2008 until today (and hopefully long into the future), MSI continue to elaborate and redesign their stalwart cooler which so far has stood the test of time; does such a good cooler matter so much on such a power efficient platform such as NVIDIA’s Maxwell?

MSI Twin Frozr Cooler

I of course will be taking a look at the most recent addition to the MSI Gaming family, the MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G 2GB graphics card. This particular model features stock clocks of 1216/1753MHz which boosts to 1279MHz on the core from stock; a nice little overclock in my opinion. Aside from this, the MSI GTX 960 features MSI’s military grade VRMs (4 in total) and features a larger PCB to aid in cooling matters; there is however no backplate included like with some other brands models.

With AMD dropping prices on their models just after launch, can the MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G keep its head above the surface or has AMD left this particular card treading water? Let’s find out, starting with the specifications…

 

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