Originally Posted by Laithan
Before going down any fox-holes I'd recommend taking advantage of the recent price drops... if you can afford a new GPU it's not a bad time to get a 980 or a 980Ti. You can get a 980Ti for $300 used.. It's way faster than a 960...and would be what the doctor ordered.
As far as moddin'g that 960... well, I'm not sure you will gain much BUT it would help a little IF you could keep it cool enough. It sounds like you've got a reference design and not one with a custom cooler... I cannot really recommend modding that card TBH it can be an overheat waiting to happen (reference coolers are the worst MOD candidates). Especially with a 2GB VRAM limitation, it is somewhat pointless IMO.
but if you insist on doing this, I would recommend going over to the 960 owner's club (assuming there is one) as they may have a posted BIOS for a reference 960 already. This thread is where you would get the flash tool.
That's very sage advice and in truth, exactly what I was expecting to hear. Thanks for your reply.
'Reference design' was the phrase I was looking for when I said about no manufacturers marque! Several years ago, I had a decent self built, water cooled i5 rig with a high end MSI TwinFrozer GTX680 - it was great. Then I had kids and had to sell it, so have been out of the PC game for a while - kind of playing catch up with the current tech and still refreshing my 'know how' at the moment.
Having just bought a second-hand, off the shelf, i7 4970 with reference 960 card, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and 2TB HDD, my spare funds are fairly depleted. Got a decent price on it though - knocked the guy down to £380 ($295) from £500 ($390). Especially as I also forked out for another 8GB RAM, Corsair RM650x PSU, Benq 1080p monitor and a couple of Noctua fans in anticipation of saving for a 1070/1080 in the next 6-8months or so. Just thought that while I was waiting I might try getting an extra 10-12 FPS out of Rise of Tomb Raider without having to drop the settings much lower than they are now - benchmark is giving ~60 FPS on current setting but dips to 48/50ish at times.
Thanks for the tip - I'll take a look at the 960 owners club (if it exists!) and see if anyone there can help. Thanks for taking the time to reply too.