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Single Video Card
SLI Video Card
While the GM206 core may not be overclocked as high as some, the increased bandwidth afforded by the factory overclocking of the RAM more than makes up for it!
Score Card and Summary
Packaging & Accessories:8 out of 10
The packaging the PNY GeForce GTX 960 XLR8 OC Gaming 2GB has gotten a nice upgrade from an already decent baseline. In other words this shipping container looks very good, offers excellent protection, and has a lot of information on the back. This to us is a winning combination, and it is rather unfortunate that PNY did not also upgrade the included accessories. Though even here the best accessory of them all – a lifetime warranty – is included!
Functionality & Aesthetics: 18 out of 20
While we do consider the PNY GeForce GTX 980 OC Elite’s silver metallic design to be the best that PNY has ever produced this new model certainly is right up there. The combination of LED fans with a black fan covering a custom heatsink is indeed impressive. Better still is this combination proved to be very, very potent and every bit as functional as it is good looking.
Build Quality & Warranty: 17 out of 20
On the one hand a lifetime warranty is hard to beat, but on the other we do wish that PNY had actually populated all four phases of their VRM design. Basically while the 3-phase used is good and did prove itself during the overclocking stages, there is still room for improvement.
Performance: 25 out of 30
As we saw throughout testing the PNY GeForce GTX 960 XLR8 OC Gaming 2GB has a lot of performance potential, it is just unfortunate that even more is readily available if only PNY had been able to push the rather conservative factory settings even higher. By the same token two of these cards are rather potent and are arguably a much better idea than a single 980!
Value: 19 out of 20
There are no ifs, no butts, and no ands about it. This card is an incredible value. So much so that even with 980 and 980ti used prices plummeting a pair of these still offer a better overall better performance for the same price. That is bloody marvelous value if we do say so ourselves.
Final Score: 87 out of 100
It may be late to the party but the PNY GeForce GTX 960 XLR8 OC Gaming 2GB is easily the best GeForce GTX 960 PNY has ever created. Color us impressed.