With the mighty GTX 980 and 970 firmly in control of the premium graphics card market, Nvidia has set its sights on the budget sector with the release of the GeForce GTX 960. Designed to run modern games at playable frame rates and at 1080p resolution with all graphical features turned on, the 960 is built using Nvidia’s latest Maxwell architecture that should deliver excellent performance for under $200.
With Nvidia’s partners understandably eager to jump on the GTX 960 bandwagon, Newegg is currently hosting a sale that runs until the end of November 12th. The sale is a little different than the usual Newegg Black Friday deals, and this one is limited to just a single card model, the EVGA GTX 960 2GB Superclocked ACX 2.0.
This is a reference-style GPU, meaning it’s built with Nvidia’s own cooling solution and doesn’t feature an additional fan or heat sink for overclocking. It also has a slightly shorter form factor than the standard 680, making it easier to fit in small PC builds.
With a peak power draw of just 120W, this card is also very efficient. In our own testing, the 960 was able to smoothly run games at 60 frames per second with all settings turned up to high. That’s an impressive feat, especially considering that even a more premium GTX 760 was unable to achieve the same in the past.