ASUS STRIX GTX 960 DirectCU II OC Video Card Review

For our GPU review today we have the ASUS STRIX GTX 960 DirectCU II OC, one of the highest factory overclocked GeForce GTX 960 that money can buy. We will compare it to the fastest overclocked Radeon R9 285 that we have at the Underground Bunker to see which reigns supreme at the $200 price point.


Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a ASUS Sabertooth Z77 motherboard, an Intel Core i7 3770K Overclocked at 4.6GHz, and 16GB of Corsair RAM.

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Based upon the changing marketplace of competition, we selected the XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition as a comparison card which currently etails at $209.99 before a $30 mail in rebate. The Radeon R9 285 GPU’s price point is clearly targeted by the GeForce GTX 960, and with Radeon R9 285 GPU based cards pricing around $200, plus or minus a few dollars, we elected to go with the XFX card on the higher end of the scale with a great factory overclock. To further thicken the plot (given that GTX 960 GPU generally outperforms the R9 285 GPU), we are testing the R9 285 card at its maximum overclock.

For our stock testing of the ASUS STRIX GTX 960 DirectCU II OC, we tested in the out-of-box configuration, which equates to the OC mode that is selectable within GPUTweak.


For the XFX Radeon R9 285 Black Edition, we are using the Catalyst 14.12 Omega drivers.

For the ASUS STRIX GTX 960 DirectCU II OC, we are using the GeForce 347.52 WHQL driver.

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