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  • +1 vote

    I regularly kick myself for not patiently waiting 1 extra week for the 960 to come out. Ended up paying for the 760.

    That's a good price.

    • +4 votes

      Some of the benchmarks I've seen point to the 960 and 760 trading blows. Even when it overtakes the 760, it does so by single digit percentage. Wouldn't even notice in real life!

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        I think you'll see a larger difference when windows 10 comes around with its dx12 feature set.

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          Bear in mind W10 won't be released for quite a while and even longer until drivers and D12 are stable.

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        I agree. The 960 can probably only yield 10% performance over the 760, at most.

        I did end up paying about $300 for the card though, and the 960s come out with prices slightly less. So that was a bit of a bummer - marginally better card, for marginally better price.

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        Does use less power than the 760 to achieve it though. Nice price while it lasted..

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    is this worth upgrading to from a gtx560?

    • +2 votes

      At this price it is a excellent upgrade from a GTX560, The benefits of this card is that performs the same as a GTX760 but it is more energy efficient and is dead quiet (and full hardware dx12 compatible). I just got the triple fan Gigabyte GTX960 to replace a 560ti and it is a huge improvement. i considered the r280x but power consumption on those are massive compared to the GTX960.

  • -1 vote

    It now says "page not found". It was there a second ago, and it disappeared when I added it to my cart.

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    Page not found.
    How does this compare to the amd 290/280?

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      Going by comments on the previous 960 Gigabyte deal, the 280x beats the 960 still.

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        $100 more tho. Wirth it? Hard to research on the phone
        On a bit of a budget but currently stuck with the on board HD 4000.

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        Yes but the 280x is $100 more and then there is the noise, heat and power consumption (ok if you are not paying the power bill)

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        If you only play on the standard res of 1080p @ 60fps then go for this. Nvidia claims that it's the card to get for gaming at 1080p res although most reviews would say the performance is merely 'good' for gaming at that specific resolution, and the performance quickly drops once you raise the bar. Most likely because of the 128-bit bus and 2GB VRAM (most other cards in the $300 range have 256 bit and 3GB VRAM).

        But if you have a higher res display or a display with more than 60 FPS (e.g 120hz or 144hz) then you might want to spend the extra $100.

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          I don't do that. But I do run dual screen. I am leaning towards the 280x.over all is it much better or only if u want to go above 1080p 60fps?
          Thanks for the info

        • -1 vote

          As Amar pointed out the 960 should be considered the mid-end choice & for most modern games, even 1080p may already be stretching the 960's limits.

          I would definitely get the 280x, not only because it guarantees you a solid 60FPS experience in most (or many) titles at 1080p, but it also gives you a little leeway should you choose to game on dual displays. Not that you would, since the bezel is right down the middle of your view.

          The 960 at it's original RRP price of $300 is a HUGE rip-off however, now that it's sold out I think your choice is easier to make :)

    • +8 votes

      It doesn't compare to an R9 290 because it's in a different tier. See Tom's Hardware GPU Hierarchy Chart.

      In order of high-end to mid-range:

      GTX 780 =/= 970 =/= Titan =/= R9 290 =/= 290X

      GTX 590 =/= 680 =/= 770 =/= 980M =/= 6990 =/= 7970 GHz Ed =/= R9 280X

      GTX 580 =/= GTX 670 =/= GTX 960 =/= 970M =/= HD 5970 =/= HD 7870 LE (XT) =/= HD 7950 =/= R9 280 =/= R9 285

      The R9 280X is about 20% faster in a majority of games.

      A GTX 960 is barely "good enough" for the triple-A titles of yesteryear @ 1920x1080 (it'll struggle with old games like Hitman: Absolution, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3 or Total War Rome: 2). It's not a very future-proof option.

      Hell, having a 7970 Ghz Edition (which is identical to an R9 280X) I can tell you I'm already having to run new games like Thief, Shadow of Mordor, Assassin's Creed IV or Metro: Last Light at medium settings to get a consistently high FPS.

      The only recent game I've been able to max out was Alien: Isolation, but that's mainly due to it being a straight console port. A good-looking console port but a console port nonetheless.

      $100 more tho. Wirth it? Hard to research on the phone

      Personally I would say an R9 280X/GTX 770 is the minimum standard for a decent gameplay experience at 1920x1080 unless you can stand looking at a shit-tonne of jagged geometry and butt-ugly, low-res textures.

      That being said an R9 280X is essentially 2011-era technology (the old Tahiti chip with a few refinements); it's not cutting it for the newer stuff that'll be launching on Unreal 4, CryEngine 3 or FrostBite 3. If I were buying a GPU right now, to game on for the next 2 or 3 years, it'd have to be a GTX 970 or GTX 980. No way I'd compromise for anything worse.

      If you're a very seldom gamer who mainly plays DotA, WoW, Starcraft II, Diablo III or the like, then you can get away with a GTX 960, otherwise you really need to put down more money for something worthwhile; there's no way around that.

      • +1 vote

        Struggle with new games? I have a GTX 660 and Tomb Raider played fine on Ultra settings. Then again though, it's an OC edition…

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          1. Tomb Raider isn't that demanding.

          2. Ultra with no AA and little to no AF, I'm betting. That's not maxxing things out.

          3. Define "played fine", as in an FPS average. "Smoothness" and "playing fine" is highly subjective. Particularly if you're playing on 120Hz/144Hz monitors.

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          @Amar89:
          It always annoyed me when people claim games 'ran fine' and it turns out they're getting 30 fps or less.

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          @leonheart1:

          or running at 1366x768 or 1280x1024

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          @leonheart1:

          and I always get annoyed when people say "run fine" when they mean "never ever dip below 60FPS".

          Personally I like to spend the money to get something that never dips below 60FPS on Ultra at 1080p, but most people will be much happier spending half that for a GPU that never dips below 30FPS and otherwise looks identical.

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        Thanks for the info guys.

        I think I'll see if a deal comes up for a 280x + or a 970 +

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        Thanks for the info. I'm looking at upgrading soon so i might sit and wait for prices on the 970 to come down a little bit more.

  • -1 vote

    At this price buy two and sli - get the speed of a gtx980 and only uses 1w more power gtx980=274w gtx960sli=275w and half the cost.
    http://www.techspot.com/review/948-geforce-gtx-960-sli-perfo...
    http://www.techspot.com/review/948-geforce-gtx-960-sli-perfo...

    • +2 votes

      get the speed of a gtx980

      I'm afraid it's not that simple. The number of games out there that scale 2:1 on a multi-GPU setup you can count on one hand. The rest will give you a modest 10-40% improvement, but it's a total crap shoot. Only on synthetic benchmarks do two mid-range cards outdo a single high-end one.

      SLI is not worth the headaches; namely stuttering, excess heat, noise and a chronic lack of both manufacturer support (NVidia/AMD release SLI/CF profiles when they feel like it; sometimes a year after a game's launch) and developer support (console-centric developement doesn't care about the miniscule multi-GPU demographic).

  • +1 vote

    Sold out

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    Im curious to know if anyone ordered 1 - or if it was a price error
    If I didn't have a $1000 access for Insurance bill sitting here i would have one.

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      or if it was a price error

      There was a banner saying the deal would last till the 10th. I'm pretty sure it wasn't a price error.

  • +1 vote

    these were used cards as this is CentreCON. Cheaper used cards found in eBay anyway.

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      Curious to know how they could be used cards when they were only released 2-3 weeks ago.

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    Sold out…gee you have to be quick. How about another round CentreCon?

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    So is that actually 2Gb or 1.5Gb and using a rejected 512mb saved for any overheads?

  • +1 vote

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Overclocked-GDDR5-Graphics-GV...

    inc shipping is $$210.51 roughly about $260-270 AUD

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      Does the fact that it's "mini" make a difference to performance?

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        Didn't see that part! - Im not sure seems to be the same clock speeds etc, but maybe a little fatter/ different build to fit in itx cases?

  • +1 vote

    Just received email of Pricing Error from CentreCom

    Correction and Apology

    Please accept our apologies for a mistake that appeared in yesterday's newsletter. The GeForce GTX 960 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card was incorrectly advertised for $230. The correct price for this item is $309, discounted from $319, as can be seen below.

    We are really sorry for the inadvertent mistake. We realise that this would be disappointing for those of you keen on purchasing the item at the previously advertised price, but hope that you will understand that it is not possible for Centre Com to offer the product at that low a price.

  • +1 vote

    I called Centrecom to ask how long it would take to get my money refunded, and the friendly chap said that all successful orders would be honoured :) Great service, considering they're not obliged to honour pricing errors.

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      How lucky you are.

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    So why hasnt this deal been neged!!!! Come off it guys this is ozbargain not Oz-price-error.

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    Did anyone receive the $230 GTX960?

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      Yes, mine arrived about six days after I placed the order.

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    that's good to hear :)