I’ve got a 4GB 960 ACX 3.0. The highest clocked one. Basically the top end 960 you can get from EVGA. As far as temperatures go… this thing scares the shit out of me sometimes. I dont know how it runs this cool. Nvidia showed a chart showing how the 960 is an “overclocker’s dream” and boasting about how power efficient Maxwell is. The thing runs at load under some of the most graphics intensive games at 50, 51 degrees. Fans are off the majority of the time. But that isn’t even the good part. That chart Nvidia showed, showed the core clock going up to 1.4GHz in the most extreme scenario. This fucking thing is sitting in my case, with fans basically off going up to to a point between 1.5-1.6GHz. And still has that same rock-steady temperature.
Talk about having “luck” with a CPU or GPU when overclocking. But holy shit. And i didn’t even touch it myself. I opened up Precision X once to see what goes on during load like that and that’s what i found. Maybe because it’s in such a massive case? Funny, because i played around with the fan controller in my Phantom 820 A LOT to try and get the best air flow. Perhaps that has something to do with it. I have a massive desk, too. And i felt bad about putting the Phantom on a shitty, dusty carpet. It’s on top of my clean desk, too. The dust filters, remove them periodically to check what they look like. But i haven’t cleaned them once since i built this system. No need.