When Scott reviewed (and overclocked) Nvidia's Geforce GTX 960, he found it to be a more-than-capable performer for about $200. The GTX 960's 2GB of RAM might become a liability with future games, though. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One each have 8GB of RAM (shared between system and graphics duties). Developers of future console ports might want to make use of higher-quality textures on all platforms, and that extra information has to go somewhere.
If you were holding off buying a GTX 960 due to RAM concerns, your wallet now has reason to fear. Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI have all announced cards with 4GB onboard. Aside from the extra memory, these 960s look to be largely unchanged from the various takes on the formula that Scott looked at in his review.
EVGA's 4GB GTX 960 still features the company's trademark ACX 2.0+ cooler, and it'll be available in three versions, with clock speeds ranging from mild to wild.
Asus' Strix GTX 960 4GB also looks identical to its 2GB counterpart. Both cards have oversized coolers with aluminum backplates. Clock speeds are the same as for the 2GB version, as well: 1291MHz base and 1317MHz boost.
MSI's GTX 960 Gaming 4G features the same Twin Frozr V cooler that we know and love, but the 4GB version picks up a fancy, dragon-embossed metal backplate for extra curb appeal. Its 1241MHz base and 1304MHz boost speeds match the equivalent 2GB card.
The parade of familiar faces doesn't end there. Gigabyte's 4GB cards come in two forms: the GTX 960 G1 Gaming-4GD, whose triple-fan cooler can be seen peeking out on the left in the above image, and the GTX 960 WF2OC-4GD, whose twin-fan cooler is still more than adequate. Clock speeds remain the same as with the 2GB versions. The WF2OC-4GD's ranges from 1216-1279MHz, while the G1 Gaming-4GD is clocked at 1241MHz-1304MHz.
So, yay! More RAM! Unfortunately, we don't yet know how much that extra capacity will cost. If the price premium is too much, the 4GB 960 could find itself in an awkward spot between premium 2GB 960s, which already ring in around $220, and the Radeon R9 290, which continues to stalk the $250-270 range after rebates. Even though the R9 290 consumes more power than any 960, its performance is a major step up from the mid-range Maxwell.
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