MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G Overview
The MSI GTX 960 Gaming 2G follows in the footsteps of previous “Gaming Edition” cards with its red and black design. This design is made to match MSI’s own Gaming Series motherboards. The card is a dual-slot card and has the official dimensions of 267 x 139 x 36 mm (LxWxH).
All of MSI’s GTX 900 Series Gaming cards feature their new Twin Frozr V cooling solution. This cooling solution was in development for 18 months an MSI has made quite a lot of improvements. It is smaller, features stronger fans and generates less noise than the previous version. The cooler shroud has a red and black design that just looks great.
The Twin Frozr design is made up of two 100 mm Torx fans. These fans feature a dispersion fan blade to maximize air dissipation to the heatsink. This dispersion blade design generates 19% more airflow without increasing drag for silent performance. With MSI’s software you are able to control each fan independently and this card offers Zero Frozr, which eliminates fan noise in low-load situations. This means the fans will not spin up until the card reaches a certain thermal load.
Removing four screws from the back of the card we can actually remove the Twin Frozr V cooling solution to get a closer look at things.
The Twin Frozr V is made up of an aluminum heatsink with a nickel plated copper base and three nickel plated copper heatpipes. There is a single large 8 mm heatpipes and two smaller 6 mm heatpipes.
Since we have to cooling solution off the card we can take a look at the PCB of the card itself. The card has a rather clean design. The card makes use of MSI’s Military Class components which include HI-C CAPs, super ferrite core chokes, and solid CAPs.
Looking at the card from a side view you can see the large heatsink and heatpipes coming out of it. This is a light-up MSI logo on the side of the card that will show out of your case window. The LED can actually be set for no animation, breathing, flashing, double flashing and random settings using the MSI Gaming App. The card gets power from a single 8pin PCI-Express connector.
Flipping the card over to the back we can see MSI has gone with an all black PCB that looks great. This card like almost all GTX 960’s will not come with a blackplate.
Looking at the connections on the card you have three DisplayPort, a single HDMI and single DVI.