• Memory: 2GB GDDR5
  • Ports: DVI x1, HDMI x1, DisplayPort x3
  • Slot Size: Double
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Cooling
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Fire Strike: 5,830 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 2,921 points

Turbo Boost Your Games

It doesn’t take much to do some gaming on the PC these days, although it always does help to have some extra fire-power to play AAA title without having to concern yourself with things like graphic lag and stutter. With the ASUS Turbo GTX 960 OC Edition graphics card, ASUS aims to ensure that you get the best gaming experience without burning a hole in your wallet.

This particular model of the NVIDIA GTX 960 graphics card looks exactly like a reference model card would, except that the cooling shroud is entirely in white, with a dual-intake blower fan that is bigger as it has a heat dissipation area that is 10 percent bigger than the reference version.

The card, much like the reference variant requires only one PCIE power adapter to power up. However, the GPU itself has its base clock overclocked up to 1,190 MHz from the original 1,127 MHz, with the Boost Clock running at 1,253 MHz.

The Turbo GTX 960 OC’s main claim to fame is its cooling system, which ASUS claims to run better in SLI mode as the dual-intake blower fan sucks in even more air when two cards are paired together, cooling the GPU seven percent more than similar cards that don’t have this feature built-in.

Whilst we only managed to test one card, we did notice lower temperature numbers when running benchmarks and such, but we certainly did notice that it ran cool and silent. Even during gaming tests, the card made just a whisper during heavy load times, which is a good indication that the card will still remain relatively silent even in SLI mode.

Performance-wise, the card performs as well as can be expected out of an NVIDIA GTX 960 card. In SLI mode, we imagine the performance will improve several-fold, but even alone, it’s still able to play games like Metal Gear Solid V, The Witcher 3, and such on respectably mid-to-high settings.

That being said, the ASUS variant of the GTX 960 does feel a bit overpriced, although with its cooling features and as it is overclocked out-of-the-box, people may still consider this card as a decent option for some quality above-average gaming experience.

CHIP CONCLUDE: ASUS has done quite well with the GTX 960 by overclocking it and add a custom cooling solution that’s better than what the reference design as to offer.

(previously published in issue November 2015)

ASUS Turbo GTX 960 OC Edition