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Review: Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream

by Parm Mann on 23 January 2015, 15:30

Tags: Palit, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Conclusion

Taking boost clock up to a lofty height of 1,342MHz, the Super JetStream is one of the quickest GTX 960s available and has scope to be pushed further.

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 960 hasn't re-written the rule book for mid-range performance, but the latest addition to the 900-series arsenal offers consumers solid 1080p performance and DX12 compatibility in a quiet, energy-efficient package.

Positioned as an ideal upgrade from GTX 660 or older GPUs, the latest Maxwell graphics card warrants consideration if you're no longer able to achieve 1080/60 performance with high levels of image quality.

Ready and prepped for launch, Palit's day-one range of GTX 960s includes three cards; a standard OC model priced at £160; a JetStream priced at £170; and the range-topping Super JetStream at £175.

Taking boost clock up to a lofty height of 1,342MHz, the Super JetStream is one of the quickest GTX 960s available and has scope to be pushed further. Our own tests show that 1,500MHz on air is a possibility, yet while frequency headroom is impressive, Palit has left room for improvement in other areas.

The lack of a backplate is a surprise omission on a Super JetStream card, as is the exclusion of multiple DisplayPort outputs, and for a mid-range part we feel its unnecessary to occupy more than two slots.

Palit's real strength continues to be value, and though we're no closer to hitting the £150 sweet spot, the Super JetStream, at £175, offers a factory overclock that few other GTX 960s are able to match.

The Good
 
The Bad
Well suited to 1080p gaming
Class-leading energy efficiency
Massive out-the-box overclock
Can be pushed further
Runs cool and quiet
 
2GB frame buffer not future proof
Only one DisplayPort output
No PCB backplate



Palit GeForce GTX 960 Super JetStream

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Seeing how well the GTX 900 series have performed thus far is just impressive.
This product is just a total failure and and cannot even beat the 760 on stock, in addition to 2GB and 128-bit which makes struggle on VRam hungry games and soon all games will be VRam hungry due to next gen crap (consoles) 8GB shared memory, if you rely on DX12 to solve this, it will not solve it unless if developers use Tiling and they have no reason to do so since all games are just ports from XB1.

if they place it in low end range then fine, but they are categorizing it as med-range which is not sufficient for such a card to take a spot there, however i expect 960 Ti to compensate, lets wait and see.
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if they place it in low end range then fine, but they are categorizing it as med-range which is not sufficient for such a card to take a spot there.

Nvidia has been getting away with this for ages now thanks to a very friendly and timid press. Seems like “same performance for less power” is now an acceptable reason to jump from a 760 to a 960 name at a similar price. Not to mention the unending array of factory overclocked models.
Finally a new card that I can afford!!
Wish I had this one