GIGABYTE GTX 960 G1 GAMING Video Card Review

GIGABYTE has delivered one of the fastest factory overclocked GeForce GTX 960 cards on the market, the GIGABYTE GTX 960 G1 GAMING. This video card holds great value at $209, pricing it against the MSI R9 285 GAMING video card. We will also compare each video cards max overclock, and compare a R9 280X to find the best value.


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 P8Z77 WS motherboard. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770k overclocked to 4.6GHz with Hyper-threading enabled. The RAM is Corsair Dominator 16GB at 1600MHz. We have recently upgraded our system to run the Windows 8.1 operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.

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For the GIGABYTE GTX 960 G1 GAMING we are using the latest GeForce 347.88 WHQL dated 3/17/2015.

For the AMD based GPUs we are using Catalyst 15.3 Beta dated 3/20/2015.

The video cards we are using are as such:

Max OC GIGABYTE GTX 960 G1 GAMING - 1346 MHz Base / 1409 MHz Boost / 7.7 GHz memory.

Stock GIGABYTE GTX 960 G1 GAMING - 1241 MHz Base / 1304 MHz Boost / 7 GHz memory.

MSI R9 285 GAMING OC آ– 973 MHZ Core / 5.4 GHz memory.

Reference AMD Radeon R9 280X - 1000 MHz Core / 6 GHz memory.

Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the GIGABYTE GTX 960 G1 GAMING video card with the GeForce 347.88 WHQL driver.

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