PNY GeForce GTX 960 XLR8 OC Gaming Graphics Card Review




/ 3 years ago

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A Closer Look


As mentioned earlier, PNY has opted for the same cooling solution seen in the GTX 950 XLR8 OC Gaming. This is a great decision because the black shroud with red highlights looks superb and should compliment a wide range of components which target the gaming demographic. Putting the visual element aside, the cooler features two copper heat pipes and a dense aluminium fin array. On another note, the GPU is extremely light and measures 212mm x 112mm. Personally, I’d prefer a heftier feel because it evokes a sense of confidence in the product’s build quality. Saying that, the light construction doesn’t translate to poor materials because the GTX 960 is incredibly efficient and doesn’t require a hefty heatsink or large assortment of heat pipes.

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Here we can see a custom PCB designed with overclocking in mind and there’s evidence of excellent trace work. Given the GTX 960’s higher standing in NVIDIA’s graphics range, I would have liked to see PNY incorporate a premium backplate. On the other hand, the GPU’s modest size and lightweight feel mean there’s no droop whatsoever. This is probably why PNY decided to keep the exposed PCB.

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During idle scenarios, the GPU runs in a 0dB passive mode which creates a marvellous user-experience. Additionally, the high angled fan blades and quality motors ensure the RPM values increase at a gradual pace. There’s even some sophisticated illumination which surrounds the bearing and adds to the unit’s aesthetic appeal.

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In my opinion, the GPU’s two-tone colour scheme looks fantastic and I’m really fond of the transparent fan blades.

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The graphics card’s 120-watt TDP only requires a single 6-pin PCI-E connector even when running the factory overclocked core to its absolute limit.

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Connectivity wise, the graphics card houses an HDMI 2.0 port, DisplayPort 1.2 and two Dual-link DVI.

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