GeForce GTX 960 Gainward Phantom 2GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Gainward.
The Nvidia GM206 GPU used in the GTX 960 features all the key architectural innovations introduced in the GTX 980. Looking at the core we find 2.94 billion transistors or about 43% less than the GTX 980. There is exactly half as many CUDA cores, taking the number down to 1024.Additionally there are half as many TAUs and ROPs with 64/32.
Gainward follows the same style of packaging as others in the NVIDIA range; plain and simple box with a key image of the graphics card. Along the bottom, we see the Phantom logo with its slogan. The only difference with this box is the Goes Like Hell (GLH) logo in the top right. Inside the box, we have bundled a twin molex to 6-pin PCIe power connection, VGA to DVI adapter and Gainwards driver install and quick start guide.
The base clock of 1127MHz matches the GTX 980 (1126MHz) while the maximum boost clock is slightly lower at 1228MHz. The same GDDR5 7GHz memory has been used, though the memory bus width has been reduced to 128-bit resulting in a bandwidth of 112GB/s, half that of the GTX 980.
Gainward's GTX 960 Phantom is armed with the third-generation Phantom cooler which boasts sturdier construction and better thermal performance while making less noise. It's unlike any triple-slot cooler we've encountered before, featuring four 8mm heatpipes that extract heat from the base and distribute it evenly throughout the heatsink.
Gainward claims that its Phantom cooler allows the GTX 960 to run 16 degrees cooler than the reference board.
Gainward keeps things plain and simple, utilising their own PCB to be able to sit nicely under the Phantom cooler. This cooling solution is one of the most unusual on the market, hiding its twin 92mm PWM fans inside the cooling shroud with the rather slim radiator sitting on top.
- Ingenious cooling solution
- Removable fans for cleaning
- Hand picked, top performing components
- Silent operation, no need for passive operation.
- Amazingly low power consumption
- Competitive price vs performance ratio
- Poor ‘next generation’ performance, hopefully to be ironed out with new drivers
- Attractive, but poor user interface in ExperTool.
Compared to the GTX 970 and GTX 980 cards we have seen, the I/O connectivity of the GTX 960 Phantom is pretty basic with just one standard Display Port output, a single HDMI 2.0 output and two Dual-Link DVI outputs.
- GPU clockspeed: 1342 MHz (boost) / 1279 MHz (base)
- Memory: 2048 MB GDDR5 (128 bits)
- Memory Clockspeed: 3600 MHz (DDR7200)
- Bandwidth: 115.2 GB / s
- Ramdac: 400 MHz
- Bus: PCI Express 3.0 x 16
- Cooling: 2.5 Slot Fan Cooler
- Video Features: HDMI
- Connectivity: Dual DVI + DisplayPort
- Product Size: 247mm x 112mm
- Power Connector: 6-pin * 1
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