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New GTX 960 Owner Here,

So I recently decided to build myself a new PC. I was originally going to go with a GTX 970 but Newegg had an awesome deal on a GTX 960. In all honesty, a 970 would probably have been overkill for my needs anyways being I am more of a "moderate" gamer and far from a "hardcore" gamer.

I was able to get a PNY XLR8 GTX 960 4GB GDDR5 for $199.99 - $30 Mail in Rebate = $169.99. This is a reference design card which worked out perfect because the iTX case I decided on definitely benefits thermally from a blower fan card. Also, I am pretty sure that this is the ONLY 4GB reference design GTX 960 available. I have never owned a PNY product in the past, but so far I have nothing bad to say about them. I was surprised to see that all of their XLR8 Cards come with a lifetime warranty. (1 year warranty standard, but extended to lifetime AFTER you register. You must register the card within 90 days of purchase. Proof of purchase is required to be uploaded during registration)

I am very happy with this card. I haven't overclocked it much, but at +160mhz Core and +250mhz Memory (1300mhz Base / 1363mhz Boost / 7500mhz Memory) it has been perfectly stable and shown no increase in temps. I have not touched / increased the power at all. After hours of gaming with 100% usage, temps top out at 81c. Even then, I still do not hear the fan. My case does isolate sound very well though.





Here are some pics of the stock paste job. As you can see, PNY definitely goes a little overboard with the thermal paste. I cleaned it up and re-pasted with some AS5.





As for all of the GTX 960 2GB vs 4GB speculation, I will say this. I do game at 1080P and I have been playing a lot of Rust lately. When my PC is running, so is HWINFO Sensors. I see around 3GB of VRAM usage during Rust game play. I understand that Rust is still "Alpha" and is far from optimized / finished but that is besides the point. This is the game I like to play, and had I went with a 2GB card I would of had to tune some settings down a bit.
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New GTX 960 Owner Here,

So I recently decided to build myself a new PC. I was originally going to go with a GTX 970 but Newegg had an awesome deal on a GTX 960. In all honesty, a 970 would probably have been overkill for my needs anyways being I am more of a "moderate" gamer and far from a "hardcore" gamer.

I was able to get a PNY XLR8 GTX 960 4GB GDDR5 for $199.99 - $30 Mail in Rebate = $169.99. This is a reference design card which worked out perfect because the iTX case I decided on definitely benefits thermally from a blower fan card. Also, I am pretty sure that this is the ONLY 4GB reference design GTX 960 available. I have never owned a PNY product in the past, but so far I have nothing bad to say about them. I was surprised to see that all of their XLR8 Cards come with a lifetime warranty. (1 year warranty standard, but extended to lifetime AFTER you register. You must register the card within 90 days of purchase. Proof of purchase is required to be uploaded during registration)

I am very happy with this card. I haven't overclocked it much, but at +160mhz Core and +250mhz Memory (1300mhz Base / 1363mhz Boost / 7500mhz Memory) it has been perfectly stable and shown no increase in temps. I have not touched / increased the power at all. After hours of gaming with 100% usage, temps top out at 81c. Even then, I still do not hear the fan. My case does isolate sound very well though.





Here are some pics of the stock paste job. As you can see, PNY definitely goes a little overboard with the thermal paste. I cleaned it up and re-pasted with some AS5.





As for all of the GTX 960 2GB vs 4GB speculation, I will say this. I do game at 1080P and I have been playing a lot of Rust lately. When my PC is running, so is HWINFO Sensors. I see around 3GB of VRAM usage during Rust game play. I understand that Rust is still "Alpha" and is far from optimized / finished but that is besides the point. This is the game I like to play, and had I went with a 2GB card I would of had to tune some settings down a bit.


I didn't even know PNY made and XLR8 960, if I did I would have bought that instead of my Strix. I still have an XLR8 460 that was my main gaming GPU for years and is still going strong in my kids Minecraft/YouTube/Netflix rig. If the 960 is anything as good as the 460 you will be happy with it.
 
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As for all of the GTX 960 2GB vs 4GB speculation, I will say this. I do game at 1080P and I have been playing a lot of Rust lately. When my PC is running, so is HWINFO Sensors. I see around 3GB of VRAM usage during Rust game play. I understand that Rust is still "Alpha" and is far from optimized / finished but that is besides the point. This is the game I like to play, and had I went with a 2GB card I would of had to tune some settings down a bit.

To clarify, it might use 3GB but would likely run just as well on a 2GB model since games tend to make use of what they have. Means eating as much as they can or doing with a bit less.
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I didn't even know PNY made and XLR8 960, if I did I would have bought that instead of my Strix. I still have an XLR8 460 that was my main gaming GPU for years and is still going strong in my kids Minecraft/YouTube/Netflix rig. If the 960 is anything as good as the 460 you will be happy with it.

Thank you for sharing your experience with your previous PNY card. This is good to know! I have seen many different PNY products but never owned any. I definitely like that my 960 came with a lifetime warranty. It is not transferable, but it is good to know that if it dies, I get a replacement for as long as I own it.

PNY makes an XLR8 GTX 960 2GB and 4GB. They are both reference design cards. The 2GB is generally $199 and the 4GB is generally $219. I was surprised to see the 4GB for $199 on Newegg at the time I ordered it. It also had a $30 mail in rebate from PNY. $170 for a GTX 960 4GB is a damn good deal in my opinion.

I know a few other manufacturers make 4GB GTX 960's, but they are generally with custom coolers that have 2 or even 3 fans. The iTX case I used limited my GPU choices to reference design for not only cooling reasons (blower fan) but length as well. My case does not have a window anyways and although more custom cards such as the EVGA ACX 2.0 and your Asus Strix do look a lot nicer, I like how the reference coolers extract the heat directly out of your case.
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To clarify, it might use 3GB but would likely run just as well on a 2GB model since games tend to make use of what they have. Means eating as much as they can or doing with a bit less.

I thought about this as well. Either way, I didn't really pay "extra" for the 4GB version. For some reason, when I ordered my PNY 960 from Newegg both the 2GB and 4GB were $199 and had $30 mail in rebates. Two days later, the 4GB version went up to $219 and has been ever since I believe.
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Finally I bought 960 today. Zotac brand, non-AMP, 2 GB ver biggrin.gif

Yeah, Pascal and Polaris will be out soon, but I think with my 900p monitor, 960 should be enough biggrin.gif
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Finally I bought 960 today. Zotac brand, non-AMP, 2 GB ver biggrin.gif

Yeah, Pascal and Polaris will be out soon, but I think with my 900p monitor, 960 should be enough biggrin.gif

Tried the 950 AMP! before in a build and its super loud and hot. How's the normal 960? Im expecting it to be louder and hotter, looking to use it for a futire build
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Tried the 950 AMP! before in a build and its super loud and hot. How's the normal 960? Im expecting it to be louder and hotter, looking to use it for a futire build

I run Valley benchmark for about 15 minutes, and this is my result biggrin.gif




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Newegg has a pretty good deal on the PNY XLR8 GTX 960 2GB right now. $190 - $20 Mail in Rebate = $170! The 4GB version is $220 - $30 Mail in Rebate = $190.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133579

Definitely not a bad deal considering I see the GTX 950 sells for around $150. I definitely can't see buying a 950 at $150 when you can get a 960 for $170....
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