Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra: Packaging and delivery

Models Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra developers have paid more attention to because in fact it is the top product in the line.

Everything starts with the overall package. Its glossy coating significantly affected the quality of the photos below.

The front of the given image tetrahedra, which are applied on top of the inscription «iChiLL» and «An Exclusice Design for Inno3D User». In addition to the symbols and inscriptions that we have already seen on the package HerculeZ X1, it is worth noting the sticker indicating the distinguishing features of the product – the cooling system X3 Air Boss, key for 3DMark graphics package … and a mouse pad.

Despite the large size of the package, the minimum information here.

The central part of the back side is reserved for the description of the GeForce GTX 960 in nine different languages, including Russian.

Attention to detail is impressive.

Inside the box is out of the ordinary cardboard, on both sides there is the name of the manufacturer and a series of graphics accelerators.

The card itself is hidden under a cover in a soft material, it is located in a separate compartment of the package. All paper, or rather the flat elements are hidden at the bottom of the package, so be sure to check raise the polyurethane foam.

So, the new owner receives:

  • CD with drivers and software;
  • Power adapter type 2hMolex -> 6-pin;
  • Video Output Connector DVI -> D-Sub;
  • 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;
  • Magnet with snowflake iChiLL;
  • Firm rubber mouse pad.

The last accessory is not superfluous, it can be a nice bonus with the purchase. For example, my vendor-N already wore out, and I would love to see something like this in the kit.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra:  The appearance and size

The appearance and design of the Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra impressive. Apparently, the developers have not forgotten the video card Inno3D iChill GTX 760 HerculeZ 3000 and decided to repeat the successful experiment again.

On the other hand, a look should be recognized as the highlight of the model. It highlights not only the three 90 mm fans, but also updated with metal accents of gray and red plastic on the edges. It is a pity that there is no backlight.

The reverse side of the plate is completely closed, playing the role of stiffeners, and elongated in the head part to hide the protruding section of the radiator.

To display an image on the graphics adapter Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra uses a set of video outputs to simultaneously connect four monitors:

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

It is worth emphasizing that only three of the display can display images in 3D mode, the fourth – only in 2D configuration Multi monitor.

The following resolutions:

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

Additional power is realized with two six-pin connectors on the edge of the PCB. Due to the construction with access to them facilitated.

According to the average data for energy consumption cards of this class they require 115-125 watts, modest by today’s standards.However, the model iChiLL Ultra technical specifications has a good appetite: its figure comes to 160 W, and this should be ready.

When you look at it primarily interested in size. Well, the answer is: the length of the new items is 301 mm, which is comparable to some of the top solutions in recent years, width – 111 mm, in the case, overrides the three expansion slots.

If in the future performance of a single graphics card Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra, you will be small, with the help of Nvidia SLI connector, you can install another accelerator. It would be interesting to look at such “sandwich” system.

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra: Cooling system

Cooling System received its designation and the developers listed as VC87. By all outward appearances, cooler resembles HerculeZ improved version of 3000, which we have tested earlier. We turn to the study of his heir – X3 Air Boss.

First, you need to unscrew the four small spring-loaded screw in the graphics processor. And this is enough to dismantle JI. With such a realization can only guess what the load is distributed between them.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra

The cooler consists of a two-part radiator penetrated four heat pipes with a diameter of 6 mm each different shapes that come out of the nickel-plated copper base.

In the analysis of X3 Air Boss to the ground will help us again with an Allen key screwdriver. The second step is necessary to remove decorative metal plates, which are now located on the sides, easy to get close to him.

If you show diligence and ingenuity, a couple of minutes everything will be completed. And at your table will show off different elements of design.

Without them, the cooler looks not so interesting but offers full access to the fans.

Despite the different appearances, all of them are models ColorFul labeled CF-12915S, with the proviso that the body they are slightly different. Turntables are interconnected by a single wiring to connect, so replace the failed unit will have surgically.

But for the soft tabs on the sides of a special thank you, to remove and install fans to place a pleasure.

Features similar patterns: 12 and 0.35 A. The tests showed that the rate of rotation of the impellers is in the range 0-3000 rev / min.

Two-piece radiator recruited from 72 and 50 nickel-plated aluminum plates are not immediately make out the fifth heat pipe diameter of 6 mm, which connects the center of the structure. Interesting engineering solution.

The height and length of the cooler can be evaluated from a photograph shown below.

But in consideration of the cooling system and its elements does not end. We return to the circuit board and the fact that her left.

Apart from the main heatsink on the video card is present interesting plate.

It covers the memory chips and stands to the side. It remains unclear whether this is something like a fin.

Contact with the elements is carried out by means of two rubber thermal spacers dark gray.

After unscrewing the five screws must be turned three to dismantle the back plate. Here the picture is as follows: as was his custom memory chips on the reverse side of the PCB with nothing to interact and to themselves.

To remove heat from the chip power subsystem uses a black radiator with the same thermo rubber.

In the pros, you can add a great clamp to which no notes, as well as the fact that the developers have tried to use all the available space that it occupies.

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra: PCB

Video card Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra is built on the original circuit board in black with a gold symbol and the inscription iChiLL.

Most likely, the engineers have developed this PCB from scratch with the usual arrangement of the key components and the application of quality components with solid capacitors and ferrite chokes.

The power system of stars from the sky is not enough, but it is implemented correctly. The general formula looks like a “4 + 1” (for the GPU and memory chips, respectively).

Sorry, the developers have not stepped on and their offspring are not equipped with something more powerful. For power management responds familiar and used on many models PWM controller NCP 81174.

Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra

At the heart of the video card performs GPU Nvidia GM206-300-A1, manufactured in late 2014.

Four memory chips made by Samsung 512MB each give a total volume of 2048 MB, which in today’s realities in Full HD resolution is not always enough.

Passport frequency is 1753 MHz (effective frequency 7012 MHz), bus width of 128 bits.

Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra: Conclusion

Perhaps summing start with Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra. When it was created, developers have paid much attention to every detail, starting with packaging and ending with the design. But first and foremost it is worth noting the excellent overclocking potential of new items made with the original cooling system X3 Air Boss, in the algorithm of which you can not even get involved.As a consequence, deserve praise and temperature readings.

On the other hand, in the case of a model of this level there is a question that gives me peace. Put simply, the situation is similarInno3D iChill GTX 760 HerculeZ 3000 and some of the other video card – is it really necessary for class accelerator GeForce GTX 750 Ti to establish Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme? Yes, like a bunch of works flawlessly, but is it worth it? Engineers could easily enter their product into dual-format, are not doing it so long. But perhaps the manufacturer knows best.

Another factor that can influence the choice is the amount of video memory. For today’s game 2 GB for Full HD resolution may not be enough. And even if the model will be announced with a volume of 4 GB onboard memory, the cost of this version, most likely, almost reaches the lower price level of the cheapest GeForce GTX 970.

As to the second party review the Inno3D GeForce GTX 960 HerculeZ X1 does not stand out against the background of their colleagues, if not inferior to them. Yes, compact and quiet cooling system is a plus, but otherwise we face the usual budget solution.It was at the lowest retail price and is the main advantage of the graphics card, through which it is able to compete with opponents.

Pros Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra

  • High factory overclock;
  • Silent cooling system;
  • Good overclocking potential;
  • An excellent cooling system efficiency;
  • Advanced package.

Cons  Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra

  • Not the most modest model of this class sizes.


Review Inno3D iChill GeForce GTX 960 Ultra updated: May 8, 2015 author: John Malkovich