Power, Temperature and Noise
It's a sign of the times: efficiency is arguably the GTX 960's biggest strength. Performance isn't too dissimilar to the GTX 760 or Radeon R9 285, but Nvidia's latest Maxwell GPU chews through far less power.
Though not as cool-running as the Asus DirectCU II, KFA2's EXOC has no problem keeping temperatures in check. What's interesting is that the manufacturer has tweaked the passive fan profile to ensure the GPU is restored to a low idle temperature. The fans turn on when the core hits 50ºC and don't turn off again until temperature is lowered to 30ºC.
Good 1080p performance allied to low power consumption is the GTX 960's key selling point, but what we like most is the fact that partner cards run very, very quiet. We've now tested three unique models and they're all silent when idle and extremely quiet under load.