Review and testing of graphics cards ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo and ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition

Review and testing of graphics cards ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo and ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition

Review ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo

Full name: ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo, the manufacturer code: TURBO-GTX960-OC-2GD5.

Packaging and delivery

Already on the front side of the box, saturated red and white colors, you can evaluate the work of designers. Image ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo with two parallel lines stretching into the horizon, covers a good half of the package.

The main features of new products marked the signatures at the bottom – a factory overclocked graphics card and the use of new cooling system, the details of which will be discussed later.

All the details, as always, are placed at the ends and back of the box: Here you can find answers to our questions.

Review and testing of graphics cards ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo and ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition

Let’s start in order from left to right. First, as is easily guessed already, ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo equipped with a cooling system with radial fan (in common a “turbine”). According to the developers, this design provides more efficient cooling, and thanks to the double ball bearings expected a longer service life.

Second, traditionally used by ASUS high-quality electronic components, so that we will have high stable overclock. And thirdly, a modern gamer refuses additional packages in the form of tools designed to record and broadcast the games in real time? This is a program XSplit Gamecaster (free subscription for one year).

On the sidewall of the box handed the recommended system requirements to a power supply and the PC in general. Note that it must be equipped with a power supply with a capacity of not less than 400 W with a six-pole connector, capable of delivering on the line in the current 12 to 38 A.

Inside the package is hiding another box of cardboard with gold engraving «ASUS».

Under the cover of soft polyurethane foam sheet antistatic package is the card itself.

Scope of delivery, by the way, very poor. It is housed in an alcove under the considered model and includes:

  • CD with drivers and software;
  • User’s manual;
  • Flyer according to the modern standards.

The appearance and size

So we got to the most interesting. Long time developers have not provided us with non-reference version of the model with a cooling system equipped with a radial fan.

Agree, ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo looks delicious. The novelty will appreciate the modders and enthusiasts collecting PCs in a single color or in certain colors. As expressed in the company, “snow-white perfection” – a special card with a distinctive design. If you take another excerpt from the official site: “The range of Turbo – a new step of the company ASUS on the way to creating the perfect video!”.

Review and testing of graphics cards ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo and ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition

With regard to the effectiveness of the cooling system, it more about it, but the design of ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo I liked. It is worth noting the details of housing: its shape is somewhat like a “brick”, and on its surface are geometric figures, including engraving ASUS and teardrop-shaped groove of the notch below the fan coming to the interface board. On a white background does not seem superfluous red insert.

Additional power is implemented by a single six-pin connector, which is located closer to the center of the video of the shorter of the PCB. It is equipped with two LEDs, which light up in white when the wire is connected, and red otherwise. They are bright, they are impossible to overlook.

On the rear panel of the interface is represented by the following set of video outputs:

  • A DVI-I;
  • One HDMI;
  • Three DisplayPort.

The following resolutions:

  • Digital – up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Analog – up to 2048 x 1536.

Here are all the required specifications recommended by the company Nvidia.

Of course, not without the SLI connector to connect a second graphics card through an appropriate bridge, which somehow did not put in the package since the “six” series.

Before removing the cooling slots turn to the back of the card to make a better look at this area. This design facilitates air intake from both sides and provides a lower temperature of the GPU. This is important when installing two models in adjacent slots on the motherboard, allowing CO to cope with its task in close cases.

Review and testing of graphics cards ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo and ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition

Novelty can boast and compact dimensions to modern standards. The length of the video is 265 mm, width – 120 mm, it overrides the usual two expansion slots.

These dimensions are nothing new, but seven years ago at the announcement model, for example, Radeon HD 4870×2, all warned, quote: “The dimensions of the graphics card of 269 x 109 x 37 mm.” How times change  .

Cooling system

Removing the cooling system of this kind – the task is simple, the only change is the order of operations. First unscrew the screws holding the cover of CO instead of the main radiator, otherwise the latter will hang out inside and can cause mechanical damage.

Total bolts three – two video outputs from the panel and one on the opposite side. A screw is used instead of the fourth latch.

Such a scheme is simple and trivial. However, the plastic in the middle of strong pressure flexes inward, but not much. On the cover of anti-vibration components as there are two rubber inserts.

The niche is the similarity lobe that redirects the airflow coming from the fan on the heat spreader rib. This was seen on the model Palit GeForce GTX 970, of the cons I can say only that it covers the memory chips, which airflow becomes limited.

Four small screws attach the base to the housing of the radial fan.

Pinwheel presented production model FirstD, the services which the company uses ASUS is not the first year. Her mark – FD9238U12D, specifications – 12 V and 1.2 A.

The height of the remaining elements of the cooling system – the main heat sink and heat spreader power system – can be estimated from the photos below.

They are fastened with six spring-loaded screws. It is necessary to be careful not to cause mechanical damage during installation and removal of CO.

Its main element occupies all the available width and length of the space. Developers do not put conventional aluminum “blanks”, and radiator with a copper plate in the bottom of the distribution. Step right, especially for such a small GPU.

With the power system is the same story. Use a small, but high aluminum radiator with a thermo-gray.

Printed circuit board

In the case of ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo used printed circuit board Series models Strix. It is understandable why re-invent the wheel, when it released the product has proved to be positive?

Engineers used the qualitative element base, the corresponding brand concept Super Alloy Power – it includes solid capacitors, ferrite core chokes, and tantalum-polymer capacitors.

The card is equipped with five-phase (4 + 1, GPU / Memory) voltage regulator.

Manages they PWM controller manufactured by uP1608TK uPI Semiconductor.

At the heart of the video card GPU became Nvidia GM206-300-A1, manufactured on 28 nm process technology in March 2015.

On the printed circuit board uses four memory chips GDDR5 memory at 512 MB each from Samsung marked K4G41325FC-HC28 (decryption) and data exchange with the bus of 128 bits, which gives a total volume of 2 GB. Passport frequency corresponds to the reference value and is 1753 MHz (7012 MHz effective frequency).

Review ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition

Full name: ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition, the manufacturer code: GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5-BLACK.

Packaging and delivery

Making the box ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition (hereinafter ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DCII Black Edition) is familiar to us from other models series DirectCU II – it is cold metal walls with traces of the claws of a wild animal. One of the best and most recognizable images.

Review and testing of graphics cards ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo and ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition

The feature of providing information on the package such that in addition to the name of the graphics accelerator, and diagrams showing the cooling system in the bottom of the main advantages of the product observed. These include the use of proprietary utility ASUS GPU Tweak, the presence of factory overclocking and use high-quality components.

If we look at the reverse side, many questions will be removed.

Here it is available for more detailed information, as well as all other features of ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DCII Black Edition.

At the end of the package handed system requirements put forward by the PC. Compared with the above model, they have not changed. The only exception – the power supply. Now, it must be equipped with one Eight-(previously – six-pole) connector for additional power supply.

The card and the whole package placed in the black box of cardboard with the company logo.

As is the case with the modification Turbo, DirectCU II version is packed properly and carefully.

Package still “rich” and hides in a separate box-envelope. In it you can find:

  • CD with drivers and software;
  • User’s manual;
  • Video Output Connector DVI -> D-Sub;
  • Flyer according to the modern standards.

The appearance and size

In addition to the appearance of the video card ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DCII Black Edition, it may be noted also that its dimensions far more models Turbo. In addition, the company used a new design series, and now all visible and remote elements are painted in black (for example, heat pipes).

Review and testing of graphics cards ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo and ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition

Earlier, we used to see on the back of the printed circuit board reinforcement plate only top products. Now the trick and got the middle class: the whole area of the through-holes are to the hot air did not stay as a dome. Competent move.

Note SLI connector and only for a second accelerator, which is extended in this part of the PCB – another feature of the latest generation of graphics solutions ASUS.

To display an image on ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DCII Black Edition uses the following set of video outputs:

  • A DVI-I;
  • One HDMI;
  • Three DisplayPort.

The following resolutions:

  • Digital – up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Analog – up to 2048 x 1536.

Other proprietary features of the model are two LEDs – green and red, which show whether connected to the video card extra food in one Eight-slot or not.

Himself deployed connector latch up and in reinforcing plate recess provided for it. This is very handy when disconnecting the cable.

Let’s go back to the dimensions. Speakers at the 10 mm heat pipe and an elongate housing will not be allowed to become a favorite of the new product in a class of ITX-systems, and it is not necessary – it has a version of the Mini.

Review and testing of graphics cards ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo and ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition

Nevertheless, ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DCII Black Edition has impressive dimensions: length 290 mm, width 129 mm make think before you purchase it (referring to the average user with the housing, designed for graphics card length 280 mm). I hope these figures are justified efficient and quiet operation of the cooling system.

The benefit of the new product covers only two expansion slots – really cold GPU cooler trehslotovy GM206 would be superfluous.

Cooling system

Design with DirectCU II needs no introduction, the benefit we saw it more than once. But personally, I did not expect to see cooler GeForce GTX 780 Ti DirectCU II on GeForce GTX 960 graphics card is still with different TDP (TDP 250 W against 120 W TDP). Let’s see what it led to.

Initially, unscrew the four spring-loaded screws on the perimeter of the GPU.

The massive heat sink 53 recruited from aluminum plates pierced with five heatpipes: one 10 mm and two pairs of 8 mm and 6 mm.

In this case, the technology of direct contact.

All the design covers the metal casing, which is mounted on the perimeter of the four cogs. By using special radiator sled mounted two fans 95 and diameter 97 mm.

One of the two turntables made by hybrid technology CoolTech. It combines an internal and an external radial fan axis (with a classic design of the blades). This design allows omni directional airflow and promotes the accelerated heat removal.

This model T129215SU production Everflow the characteristics 12 and 0.50 A.

Wires second turntables were fixed screed, so pull it completely failed. Labels match, but the model relates to another series of structures blades.

Developers completely painted radiator cooling system, and by the way, this is done correctly and thoroughly: gaps were not found.

Review and testing of graphics cards ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo and ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition

The paint does not fly off and does not peel off, but scratch the screwdriver is still possible, especially protruding heat pipes. But it will not look so pretty, so it pays to be careful.

After removal of the primary heat spreader offers access to internal (hidden) elements – the radiator of the power subsystem and stiffener.

The back reinforcing plate is fastened to the printed circuit board around the perimeter of the through-bolts – a total of nine.

After this the remaining components are separated. Rib got a complex geometric shape, to prevent deflection of the PCB circuit board.

Low profile heatsink power subsystem in contact with chips through a gray thermal pads. Despite its size, with the task of “kid” to cope.

Printed circuit board

In contrast to the earlier versions of the GeForce GTX 960, the circuit board ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition is designed for a completely new canon of the company, and it has nothing to do with the previous models.

The graphics processor is deployed at 90 degrees, the area of the power subsystem is moved to the front part, like PWM controller.

As for the element base, then, as already mentioned, it corresponds to the concept of Super Alloy Power and includes only quality components: solid capacitors, ferrite core chokes, and tantalum-polymer solid capacitors.

The circuit board is equipped with a five-phase (4 + 1, GPU / Memory) voltage regulator.

Management is responsible for its PWM controller uP1608TK.

GPU graphics processor is presented with markings Nvidia GM206-300-A1, manufactured on 28 nm process technology in March 2015.

Four memory chips marked Samsung K4G41325FC-HC28 make up the total amount of video memory to 2048 MB. Passport memory frequency – 1753 MHz (7012 MHz effective frequency).

Conclusion

Advantages and disadvantages of video card ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo.

Pros:

  • Interesting appearance;
  • The cooling system provides a turbine-type blowing hot air outside the case;
  • High-quality power supply system which allows to achieve good results in overclocking.

Minuses:

  • Noisy at 1900 rev / min and above cooling system. However, such turnover is achieved only in manual mode CO.

For a long time the company partners Nvidia did not create non-reference versions with a radial fan. Yes, this design has its pluses and minuses, but still among the first more. ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo will enjoy not only the owners of buildings where desirable model in its class, but the modders, PC collected in a single color. Especially when you consider that the market for white graphics one-two and miscalculated.

But this is a line of Turbo, we’re not done yet, and we have something to surprise you in the future.

Advantages and disadvantages of video card ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition.

Pros:

  • High factory overclock;
  • Quiet and efficient cooling system;
  • Good overclocking potential with the standard CO;
  • High-quality power supply system elements PCB, is commendable.

Minuses:

  • Highly recommended price.

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition – one of the best models of the line GeForce GTX 960 from the number on the market, and we have discussed previously. Good overclocking potential of the graphics core, low noise level and temperatures make it a good choice when buying. In fact, this version is able to compete with the accelerator

Review and testing of graphics cards ASUS GeForce GTX 960 Turbo and ASUS GeForce GTX 960 DirectCU II Black Edition updated: July 15, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis