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MSI GeForce GTX 960 $160AR

skiin_jsn 23 10 January 8, 2016 at 07:32 PM in Computers (10)
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Last Edited by widgit January 26, 2016 at 02:29 PM
I have been searching for a replacement graphics card. Looking to spend as little as possible I was looking at the GTX 950 and 960. I missed the GTX 950 for $130 AR just a few days back. Noticed this one from Newegg Flash, and it has me tempted. Not sure if I should just wait for another cheap 950 and save the cash though. Consensus seems to be that the extra performance would not be huge for me. I did not find this when searching so I thought I would share (first time ever).

MSI GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 GTX 960 2GD5T OC 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
Price is 179.99 - $20MIR (exp 1/31) = $159.99

http://flash.newegg.com/Product/1...14-127-844

UPDATE: It appears that this deal is now available via the main NewEgg site: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6814127844
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Quote from skiin_jsn View Post :
I have been searching for a replacement graphics card. Looking to spend as little as possible I was looking at the GTX 950 and 960. I missed the GTX 950 for $130 AR just a few days back. Noticed this one from Newegg Flash, and it has me tempted. Not sure if I should just wait for another cheap 950 and save the cash though. Consensus seems to be that the extra performance would not be huge for me. I did not find this when searching so I thought I would share (first time ever).

MSI GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 GTX 960 2GD5T OC 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card
Price is 179.99 - $20MIR (exp 1/31) = $159.99

http://flash.newegg.com/Product/1...14-127-844
The difference is $30 so I'm not sure if you're really that strapped for cash or if you just want the best deal possible.
In my opinion, get the GeForce 960 if you're only comparing this deal against a 950 for $130 (i.e., $30 more).
The extra $30 more you pay now means you can wait longer (i.e., save more $ in the long term) before you need to upgrade your setup because this card will outlast/outperform for future games.

See nVidia's official comparison chart of reference cards.
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/compare-buy-gpus
The 950 has a texture fill rate of 49.2 GigaTexels/sec using 90 Watts of power. (http://www.geforce.com/hardware/d...ce-gtx-950)
The 960 has a texture fill rate of 72.0 GigaTexels/sec using 120 Watts of power. (http://www.geforce.com/hardware/d...ce-gtx-960)

Obviously, texture fill rate doesn't tell the whole story.
And each manufacturer/brand/model will tweak the GPU so not all 960 cards are the same. But this is a good starting point.

http://international.download.nvi...p-full.png
However, looking at benchmark comparisons, the 960 won't give you THAT much more performance than the 950. On 3DMark, it's only ~6500 vs ~5600.
The huge performance jumps start with the 970, but those are way more expensive.
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Thanks, this looks like a good price. Unfortunately i was hoping to get this for that Dell 3000 i5 from Staples I got a month or two back - this card is too long at 10.75", which is something to take into consideration (the Dell can only take about 9.5" or shorter).

Still, great deal!
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Quote from neal2zod View Post :
Thanks, this looks like a good price. Unfortunately i was hoping to get this for that Dell 3000 i5 from Staples I got a month or two back - this card is too long at 10.75", which is something to take into consideration (the Dell can only take about 9.5" or shorter).

Still, great deal!
Thanks for the info. I was looking for the same. Is the size of the card on the spec?
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Thanks for the info. I was looking for the same. Is the size of the card on the spec?
Yes, it is:
Card Dimensions (L x H) 10.75" x 5.12"

I did not even pay attention, as I believe my antec 900 will fit it without an issue. I should probably double check before buying, though (no, I didn't pull the trigger yet- yes, I know I am weird).
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