Average Bench: 40.3% (62nd of 590)

Based on 145,804 user benchmarks.  Device: 10DE 1401 Model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960

The new GTX 960 is the third graphics card to feature Nvidia's Maxwell architecture. When the first two Maxwell cards were released back in September 2014 they completely re-shaped the GPU price/performance spectrum not only from Nvidia, but also AMD who were forced to slash prices by around 30%. Unfortunately the new GTX 960 isn't the game changer its predecessors were, and it's actually the weakest of the three Maxwell cards. Comparing the GTX 960 and 970 shows that the 970 is around 70% faster and a comparison of the GTX 960 and 980 shows that GTX 980 is almost exactly twice as fast as the 960. Of the three cards the GTX 970 offers the best bang for your buck, in-fact the GTX 970 is still one of best value cards available. That said, for gaming at 1080p or lower, the GTX 960 will allow decent frame rates at maximum settings for most games. [Jan '15 GPUPro]

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Below average average bench

The Nvidia GTX 960 averaged 59.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 135fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 118fps

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 12.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Nvidia GTX 960 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. High dynamic range lighting (Teapot) 111fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 80.5fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 145,804 samples)
Min Avg Max
97 Lighting 135 153
89.6 Reflection 111 124
95.8 Parallax 124 141
40.5% 123 fps
Min Avg Max
67.3 MRender 80.1 86.2
99.6 Gravity 118 131
69.2 Splatting 80.5 89.1
40.2% 92.8 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1519 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 150
Reflection 120
Parallax 132
44% 134 fps
MRender 85.1
Gravity 129
Splatting 86.4
44% 100 fps
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.71
Lighting 146
Reflection 118
Parallax 128
43% 131 fps
MRender 79.4
Gravity 124
Splatting 84.8
42% 96 fps
Gigabyte(1458 3692) 2GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 397.31
Lighting 143
Reflection 117
Parallax 130
43% 130 fps
MRender 81.4
Gravity 124
Splatting 84
42% 96.6 fps
CLim: 1493 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 397.64
Lighting 134
Reflection 111
Parallax 122
40% 122 fps
MRender 83.1
Gravity 117
Splatting 79.9
40% 93.5 fps
MSI(1462 3200) 2GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 397.64
Lighting 127
Reflection 108
Parallax 119
38% 118 fps
MRender 81.8
Gravity 113
Splatting 76.7
39% 90.6 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,850,578 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 145,804 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
MSI(1462 3202) 9% 40% ± 5%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8520) 8% 41% ± 3%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AmazonUS $5834 mins
MSI(1462 3201) 8% 41% ± 4%
MSI(1462 3205) 7% 41% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 2966) 5% 42% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Asus(1043 854D) 4% 41% ± 2%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 4% 39% ± 6%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $20011 months
EbayUS $60011 mins
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
EVGA(3842 3967) 4% 43% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
AmazonUS $23014 days
OutletPCUS $28821 months
EbayUS $77211 mins
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 4% 39% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 3% 43% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1138) 3% 40% ± 4%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 3% 40% ± 7%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2% 41% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 2% 42% ± 4%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 2% 40% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 2% 42% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 38% ± 8%
EVGA(3842 1962) 2% 42% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3969) 2% 44% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
AmazonUS $2524 months
OutletPCUS $30822 months
EbayUS $82010 mins
Asus(1043 8528) 1% 41% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 42% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 2968) 1% 41% ± 7%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 41% ± 2%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 42% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 40% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 43% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2962) 1% 41% ± 4%
Asus(1043 8521) 1% 39% ± 5%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 40% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 33% ± 8%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 1% 44% ± 5%
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 39% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3203) 1% 39% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 42% ± 4%
MSI(1462 320B) 1% 41% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3962) 1% 40% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 1% 43% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B4D) 1% 39% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 3966) 1% 38% ± 15%
Device(0000 0000) 1% 18% ± 17%
Asus(1043 8526) 1% 37% ± 8%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 0% 41% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 0% 40% ± 0%
Asus(1043 854E) 0% 37% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2961) 0% 39% ± 0%
Nvidia(10DE 0000) 0% 12% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3963) 0% 38% ± 3%
Sapphire(174B 1376) 0% 39% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2963) 0% 38% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36EE) 0% 44% ± 1%
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Gaming
Gaming 39%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 53%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 42%
Speed boat

Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693) - $102

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 Comments

Added 3 years ago.

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1 day ago.

I got this in 2016 new I had the 2gb version and it was okay... the 2gb was a slight bottleneck to the gpu and it was just a semi budget gpu.


Poor

9 days ago.

I have this card for 2 years now and im extremly happy!


Good

19 days ago.

sik little graphics card, can still run all modern titles at minimum of medium settings, some on ultra

Comment 

Love this card. Got the Gigabyte 4GB 2x Windforce. Runs everything I've thrown at it satisfactorily. I'd recommend getting 4Gb over 2Gb if you can, obviously.—May '16


Excellent

3 days ago.

GTX 960 4GB = All games LOW for the moment (2016). Witcher 3 (with hairworks), DCS 2.0, Arma 3, Elite, Star Citizen, Battlefield etc.. On a pc with a 1024*768, i7-4790k, 16goRAM, SSD EVO 250go, Gigabyte Z97-M-D3H. --EASY-- The GTX970 is useless and sucks so much power... But 2GB is not enough anyway, take the 4GB gtx960 one


Excellent

13 days ago.

it so laggy when you playing some not supported Game


Excellent

29 days ago.

Very good Graphics card Great for new games at 1080p high settings I recommend it!


Good

3 years ago.


Good

17 days ago.

ii looooveeee thaaaaaaaaaaat 69


Terrible

8 months ago.

lower peformance than 670 GTX Asus! )))) suxx


Average

1 month ago.

Looked to be very popular, yet it's not below $130 on EBay...


Very good

11 months ago.

If you know how to overclock it and increase Pcie speed this card will impress you. Mines in a old gigabyte motherboard with a fx 4100 cpu overclocked to 4600 Mhz and it runs games like gta v at 60fps on high settings.


Good

2 months ago.

Performance still good but not that good for high graphics setting. I was benchmark this gpu for new ff games demo. Unfortunately, you can play the game on medium-low graphics settings.


Good

20 months ago.

EVGA GTX 960 FTW 2GB dang good card for the buck destroyed 980ti's physics with it


Good

3 days ago.

I had a 2GB EVGA card for about 2 years. It played everything I needed at high-max settings and consistently delivered 60fps. Again, I cannot speak to higher resolutions, as I have never played at them, but for 1080p gaming, this card is extremely good.


Good

9 months ago.

2 GB just is not enough. And it wasn't enough 2 years ago. I've made a mistake buying 2 GB version. But in other ways it's good.


Average

14 days ago.

it work


Good

17 months ago.

Decent entry level card, does well with a lot of games, though you will want an upgrade after a while.


Excellent

6 months ago.

Mainly because I got it at a good price and I got the Xtreme Gaming edition. so it looks epic.


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