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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Testing Setup

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K @4.5GHz
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC
  • RAM: TeamGroup Vulcan 2400MHz CL10 8GB (2x4GB)
  • PSU: Cooler Master V850 850w
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Methodology:

All benchmarks are done on a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit that is fully up-to-date with Windows Updates to ensure that the performance reflects a real-world scenario and not that of a tweaked benchmarking system. Every benchmark runs for a total of three times and then an average is taken of those results.

3D Benchmarks:

  • 3DMark 11 – Performance and Extreme presets
  • 3DMark Fire Strike – Normal and Extreme presets
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 – Basic and Extreme presets
  • Unigine Valley – Extreme and Extreme (HD) presets

Gaming Benchmarks:

  • Battlefield 4 – Ultra 1080p + 1440p
  • Bioshock Infinite – Ultra /w DDOF 1080p + 1440p
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor – Ultra 1080p + 1440p
  • Thief – Very High 1080p + 1440p
  • Tomb Raider – Ultimate  1080p + 1440p

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