EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC ACX 2.0 Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 31.07.15
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The card



   


EVGA decided to equip the GeForce GTX 960 SSC ACX 2.0 with a new version of their famous ACX 2.0 cooler. This is actually the second version of it and they decided to come up with an improved version of their dual fan cooler. In the case of this card you get three heatpipes, which all measure eight millimeter in diameter. As with the first version of the ACX cooler there is a copper base plate. Soldered to the heatpipes you find the fin stack which is being provided with fresh air by two fans. The fans on the new ACX 2.0 cooler are designed to spin only when the GPU temeprature reaches 60 degrees, which means that in 2D mode they are completeley off. Also, under low loads the fans don't start to spin. Under high-load the noise level is still silent, subjectively speaking.


The EVGA GTX 960 SSC ACX 2.0 graphics card, or to be precise our sample of it, allowed a maximum stable overclock of 1'618 MHz for the GPU and 1'825 MHz on the memory side. We used Furemark V1.11.0 Geeks3D benchmark with 15 minutes duration. With these clocks we had to feed the GPU with 1.25 volt and the memory ran at stock voltages.


A closer look at the PCB shows that EVGA equipped this card with a 6+1+1 phase digital power design. The GPU gets its current from six phases, one phase takes good care of the 2GB of GDDR5 memory and on additional phase is in charge of PLL. Once more, EVGA is using high quality chokes. Checking the voltage regulation chip, we find an NCP8117 controller from ON Semiconductor. Apart from that there is an INA 3221, which is taking care of voltage regulation for the memory chips.



   


The memory chips used are made by Samsung and carry the model number K4G41325FC-HC28. They are specified to run at 1'750 MHz (7'000 MHz effective).





Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications Page 11 - Thief
Page 2 - The card Page 12 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery Page 13 - Metro Last Light
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 14 - Far Cry 4
Page 5 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 15 - GTA V
Page 6 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 16 - GRID Autosport
Page 7 - Battlefield 4 Page 17 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - Watch Dogs Page 18 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 9 - Tomb Raider Page 19 - Performance Index & Price
Page 10 - Crysis 3 Page 20 - Conclusion




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