ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

It’s not uncommon that you’ve seen one card and you’ve seen them all, for example ASUS’s DirectCU II cooling design carries a common trait across their ROG and STRIX series graphics card but the TURBO range did create a “speed bump” in an otherwise routine release. What’s attractive about the Turbo is that it’s cooling system with a white shroud encasing the entire graphic card and the shape is almost as reference coolers, a very attractive one.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

Here’s how it looks like from the top, notice that the PCI-E power connector is located away from the front, well that’s because the PCB is short.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

At the front, the shroud is closed entirely. The design is such that the blower pushes air all the way to the I/O area.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

Here’s the back of the graphic card. The plastic shroud is secured by 3 screws and a clip.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

The blower fan is an additional piece that’s attached to the main piece of the shroud by 4 screws.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

Here’s the graphic card itself without the shroud.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

What I thought interesting was that there’s an angled plate between the blower and the heatsink. It not only directs the moving air to the fins but it also blocks air movement towards the GPU chip under the heatsink, this means no dust accumulation under the heatsink.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

And lastly we have the I/O ports.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

Here’s the GPU-Z reading of the card.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

And for those interested, here’s the ASIC reading.

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB Graphic Card Review

More details at the official product page.

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K
RAMAVEXIR Blitz 2x 4GB 1600Mhz DDR3
MotherboardASRock Z87 Extreme4
CoolerNZXT Kraken X31
MonitorDell UP3214Q
Power SupplyFSP AURUM S 700W
CasingNZXT S340
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

Overclocking

The GTX 960 Turbo was quite impressive when it comes to overclocking headroom.

I managed to add 75Mhz to the Core speed and 500Mhz to memory speed, the 1190 / 1753 card ran flawlessly at 1265 / 2253 even without any change on voltage.

Benchmarks

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0
*NOTE : Details are set to maximum.
*NOTE : AA disabled in 4K test.

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo33.2
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo Overclocked36.3
PowerColor R9 380 4GB35.7
Sapphire R9 380 2GB36.5
AMD R9 270X27.9

Metro Last Light

Heaven 4.0

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo55.0
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo Overclocked59.8
PowerColor R9 380 4GB56.5

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite
Settings are at
2 – UltraDX11_DDOF | 2 – Custom | 1 – 16:9 | 4 – FullHD / 4K

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo75.04
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo Overclocked82.07
PowerColor R9 380 4GB80.67

Shadow of Mordor

Heaven 4.0
Settings : Set to ULTRA, V-sync off.

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo46.62
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo Overclocked45.72
PowerColor R9 380 4GB51.49

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V
Settings : Every option to the MAX setting available.

Card1080p (avg)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo23.4
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo Overclocked27.31
PowerColor R9 380 4GB27.35

The overclocking made no difference on games like Shadow of Mordor, I suspect this is due to the VRAM limitation but as for the other games there’s a general increase in performance with the boost in core speed.

Temperature

Furmark Burn-in Test was used to stress the card. Fan settings are at Auto. Room set to ~25c.

CardIdle(°C)Load (°C)
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo3677
ASUS GTX 960 Turbo Full RPM2756

The fan hovers at around 41% on AUTO settings where the audio level is acceptable, once it hits higher RPM the noise is like a hairdryer as expected from one with such design. Being of a plastic shroud that’s larger than the PCB and only mounted on 3 points, the shroud may rattle if improperly secured.

Power Consumption

The stress was done with Furmark Burn-in Test. Power consumption reading was taken from the watt-meter, actual power draw by the entire system from the wall point. I’m using an FSP Aurum S 700W with 90% efficiency and the estimated system power draw (CPU, not including GPU) during Furmark test is 60w.

CardASUS GTX 960 Turbo
Furmark Burn-in222
Estimated Actual System Draw199
Estimated Card Power Draw139

The power draw seems a little higher than expected but I don’t think it’s a cause of concern.

The Verdict

The ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 960 2GB retails at RM 888, this special edition cooler looks attractive and being easy to dismantle means it’s great for case-modding and maintenance, the only downside being that it might rattle at certain RPM.

You’ll get even more performance out of the card if you are willing to put some effort into overclocking. I only wish that the card comes with 4GB VRAM setup, that’ll definitely up the ante when it comes to performance.

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