Review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1

Review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1

Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1: Packaging and delivery

Model Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1 comes in a small package in black with embossed company logo Nvidia.

On the front of the box there are the main characteristics of the product, such as the amount of video memory bus width and type, support for modern technologies, as well as the presence of the manufacturer’s sticker key package 3DMark.

In addition, marked by compact cooling system that allows the use of a graphics card configurations built on the motherboard form factor ITX. With the GeForce GTX 900 series accelerators polls have got a function 0dB, which in practice means silent operation in idle mode, as indicated by the relevant label.

The opposite side is reserved for the usual description of the features of modern graphics in games.

Review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1

A screenshot Evolve, The Witcher 3 and The Crew, and the games have not even left. Not without its description of the product in nine different languages. To quote the words of my colleagues: “Here are a few brilliant phrases of Russian-language description:

  • “Graphics Cards Inno3D necessary to improve the performance of Windows 7 and …”
  • «Inno3D – the best choice for extreme HD-gaming and home theater.”

Now once it became clear why the video card is needed. ”

Packaging turned out quite wide, but the side faces almost intact, except for the bottom. It marked the basic functions and a list of demands made by PCs, highlighting the power supply capacity of at least 400 W (by the way, a standard measure) and one six-pin connector.

Inside lies an ordinary cardboard box of cardboard, but this time with no markings and notes, as we used to.

After its discovery find some code and content: the video card is in the package anti-static, wrapped in paper and fixed foam inserts on the edges, so that the product is not damaged during transport.

Options not rich adapters, more precisely, they do not. As extended edition model comes with a key to the graphics package 3DMark.If the items in the package includes:

  • CD with drivers and software;
  • The key for 3DMark;
  • Memo to the models of the company, and power supplies with the required facilities;
  • Special allen key for the cooling system.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1: The appearance and size

Appearance Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1 is plain. The card had a small size and completely copied from Inno3D GTX 650 Ti HerculeZ X1, with the only exception that all the elements are painted in black.

Review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1

The whole front of the closed one 90 mm fan and decorative metal casing with interesting elements screws on the perimeter. They were looked through two-piece radiator with transverse plates.

Confused only Nvidia inscription on the PCB next to the connector PCI-Express, because the reference model Californian giant has not been presented, so it’s interesting to see in the future, a “changeling” We presented the company Inno3D.

On the opposite side there is nothing interesting, except for the usual memory chips and PWM controller.

On the rear panel of the interface is represented by the following set of video outputs:

  • A DVI-I;
  • One HDMI;
  • Three DisplayPort.

The following resolutions:

  • Digital – up to 4096 x 2160;
  • Analog – up to 2048 x 1536.

On the other hand all alone six-located additional power connector, which, coupled with the PCI-E slot is the maximum consumption to 150W. As for the developers, the TDP of its models are rated at 120 watts.

Model Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1 was very compact. The length of the new items is 172 mm, although it is different form factor motherboard ITX (170 mm). In some situations, this difference can play a cruel joke with the owner, so you should keep this in mind.

The width of 108 mm in the case Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1 overlaps two expansion slots.

To implement the proprietary Nvidia SLI graphics card is equipped with a corresponding connector to connect the two into a single tandem accelerators for processing graphic effects.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1: Cooling system

Cooling System HerculeZ experienced a lot of models of graphics accelerators. Its track record is present more than a dozen versions, after a series of other reviews of this graphics card manufacturer’s turn and the product with the letter X1. We consider it more closely.

To begin removing the four spring-loaded screws located on the perimeter of the GPU.

The cooling system is an interesting design, though not without flaws.

With GPU extensive contacts nickel base, technology is no direct contact. To prevent chipping at the edges are rubber shaybochki.

For a complete analysis of the cooling system, we need a screwdriver with a hexagon key or a special tip of the set: like putting a key set of furniture or furniture, which is then assembled at home, and without any surprise he went perfectly. Just do not tell the developers, scolded  .

After all done operations remove the two hinged decorative elements, some of which play the role of guiding the air flow.

With them or without them, the noise level has changed within the error, as well as GPU temperature, so the answer to the question “Do we need them all?” Can be yourself. There remains only the choice exterior design and there’s a private matter. I would not bother and left them.

The final element in the radiator fan is securing the four latches are folded soft plastic that turned out to be easier and more convenient than those observed on the model of Inno3D GeForce GTX 970 HerculeZ X2.

Pinwheel is represented by ColorFul, marking its CF-12915S. Characteristics of 12 V and 0.35 A, according to the rotation speed of measurements in the range 0-3000 rev / min. When setting 100% there are bursts of up to 3500 rev / min, so that the capacity of the fan there, just need to efficiently edit the values in the BIOS.

Review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1

Bare heatsink is also of interest: two-section heat spreader recruited from 72 nickel-plated aluminum plates pierced by two 6mm heatpipes U-shaped.

A certain drawback include the fact that the second section is practically not involved, since the tube is almost no time to pass on her heat dissipated by the fan. But just to find out only during the additional measurements cut-off “extra” parts.

In the photo below you can estimate the height of the plates. There is a great similarity to the radiator models Inno3D GeForce GTX 970 HerculeZ X2.

Not gone unnoticed and chip power system. For their small radiator cooling corresponds with low fins, but it is at least something.

It should be noted not a good clamping with elements that sometimes even absent, so that without a file literally can not do. Explicit minus piggy bank model.

Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1: PCB

Although Nvidia logo and the inscription on the PCB, I have not managed to find a predecessor of this model, though feels the heart, it should be. If you are aware, PCB board which is taken as a basis, accomplish your goal in the comments.

Developers “not stingy” and soldered all four phases instead of six, and now looks like a general formula “3 + 1” (for the GPU and memory, respectively), so that the records of the acceleration and a more uniform load can only dream of.

Review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1

On the other hand, the video card Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1 is positioned as a budget solution, so it is not necessary to be surprised. All controls the PWM controller NCP81174.

The model is based GPU Nvidia GM206-300-A1, manufactured on 28 nm process technology in January 2015. Quite a fresh sample  .

On the printed circuit board uses four memory chips GDDR5 memory at 512 MB each made by Samsung for data exchange with the bus of 128 bits, which gives a total volume of 2 GB.

Passport frequency is 1753 MHz (7012 MHz effective frequency).

Pros Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1

  • Compact dimensions (for ITX systems);
  • Silent cooling system.

Cons Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1

  • Lean supplied;
  • Stripped down power subsystem;
  • Poor contact with the radiator elements of the power subsystem.
Review Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1 updated: May 8, 2015 author: John Malkovich