- May 6, 2011
Yep this was the #1 rational argument for buying a GTX 960. But there was another argument. There are several versions of the 960 that are literally whisper quiet under full load. That is a major selling point for me at least. The reference 480 is not a quiet card. The custom versions are not likely to be fully quiet either because it becomes relatively costly to make a >150W card be super quiet.The only exception that is rational and not based on fanboyism or childish emotional attachments to a hardware company is if your PSU couldn't supply the power difference between 960 and 290, and you were ok losing 50% performance for not changing PSUs.