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EVGA's New GTX 960 SSC Is Speedy With 4 GB

A couple of weeks ago, Nvidia launched its GTX 960, and one of the gripes that folks had with it is the fact that it "only" has a 2 GB frame buffer. The vendors appear to be listening though, as EVGA just announced its GeForce GTX 960 SSC 4 GB. The larger frame buffer can be useful when playing at higher resolutions, or when playing with higher-resolution textures installed.

This card is essentially the same as the 2 GB variant of the GTX 960 SSC, which also comes with the ACX 2.0+ cooler. This cooler is actually quite elaborate, coming with a heap of features that make it shine. Among these is a straight heatpipe design with three 8 mm heatpipes, a MOSFET and memory cooling plate, 3-phase 6-slot fan motors, and a so-called dB Inverter.

Of course, this dB Inverter isn't anything complicated: it just turns off the fans when the GPU is running below 60 degrees C. This not only keeps the system more silent when running at lower loads and preserves your fan bearings, it also significantly reduces dust buildup, because the fans will spend a lot less time sucking in this dust.

Additionally, the GPU comes clocked at a speed of 1279 MHz and will boost up to 1342 MHz. The memory remains clocked at the reference 7010 MHz and runs over a 128-bit memory interface. For comparison's sake, reference GPUs run at 1127 MHz and will boost at around 1178 MHz, so this is quite a respectable factory overclock.

Despite that, we all know the GPU can definitely be overclocked further, so if you're willing to risk your warranty to have some extra fun, you certainly can. The card also comes with a dual-bios, which needs only the flick of a switch on-board to alternate between the two. One of them offers a silent mode, where the DB Inverter is enabled, and another enables a performance mode, where the card will boost more aggressively.

Despite coming with extra memory, which is likely mounted on the rear of the PCB, the card doesn't appear to come with a backplate. This is likely the reason why it also comes with memory clocked at the factory speed, because any higher and the memory on the backside would need to be cooled.

Unfortunately, EVGA did not announce pricing or availability, and we haven't spotted it in retail yet either. Regardless, you can count on a premium price for a premium card, especially one that comes with a larger frame buffer, as those often cost a pretty penny extra.

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  • dstarr3
    "4GB."
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  • Undying89
    4GB/128bit card. Just great...i would like it to see utilize all that memory.
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  • anthony8989
    With more efficient memory cache the 128b bus width of Maxwell is leaps and bounds ahead of 128b bus widths from previous generations. Don't let numbers fool you, wait for the benchmarks.
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  • Mac266
    We all know it's actually 3.5 GB.
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  • macer1
    The GTX 960 is a very good card for 1080p resolution.
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  • iam2thecrowe
    4GB/128bit card. Just great...i would like it to see utilize all that memory.
    nvidia has proven time after time copmpared to AMD, that the memory bus width doesnt always have a significant effect on overall performance, even at higher resolution. So long as the entire 4gb ram has access to the full speed of the bus that is... unlike the 970....
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  • Shankovich
    Why is 2GB a gripe?? This is a 1080p card no matter which way you cut it, you don't need more memory. The 4 gigs is useless for gaming imo, you'll be pulling medium-low settings at best at 4K with this card. That 128 bit bus however, that's a problem if you're going to push above 1080p
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  • turkey3_scratch
    First people complain when the card comes out that 2GB vRAM is not enough, and now they complain that 4GB is not needed only 2GB is needed because it's a 1080p card. Really? Don't become like Youtube commentors now.
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  • dstarr3
    15413091 said:
    Why is 2GB a gripe?? This is a 1080p card no matter which way you cut it, you don't need more memory. The 4 gigs is useless for gaming imo, you'll be pulling medium-low settings at best at 4K with this card. That 128 bit bus however, that's a problem if you're going to push above 1080p

    I don't see a problem. This is most definitely a 1080p card, no doubt about that. But there are already games that use over 2GB of vRAM at 1080p, like Hitman Absolution, for instance. H:A needs nearer to 3GB for top settings. It's perfectly reasonable that many games in the near future will require up to 4GB for even 1080p. May as well start equipping them now.
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  • nikoli707
    if your doing accelerated photoshop work 4gb over 128bit bus will barely hold the card back.

    its not all about gaming guys.
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