Average Bench: 51.3% - 41st / 533

Based on 53,735 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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Average average bench

The Nvidia GTX 960 averaged 48.6% 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. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 121fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 126fps
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Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 9.28%. This is an extremely narrow range which indicates that the Nvidia GTX 960 performs superbly consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. High dynamic range lighting (Teapot) 113fps
Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 138fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 53,735 samples)
Min Avg Max
115 Lighting 138 154
97.2 Reflection 113 124
106 Parallax 126 142
34.8% 126 fps
Min Avg Max
74.8 MRender 81.9 86.7
111 Gravity 121 132
75.4 Splatting 82.2 89.8
67.9% 94.9 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
MaxC: 1519 MHz, MaxM: 1757 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 376.33
Lighting 142
Reflection 120
Parallax 129
36% 130 fps
MRender 82.7
Gravity 127
Splatting 87.1
70% 98.9 fps
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2GB
MaxC: 1430 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 376.53
Lighting 138
Reflection 116
Parallax 128
35% 128 fps
MRender 83.6
Gravity 123
Splatting 83
69% 96.5 fps
MaxC: 1544 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 376.53
Lighting 142
Reflection 118
Parallax 118
33% 126 fps
MRender 82.8
Gravity 129
Splatting 86.4
71% 99.3 fps
MaxC: 1405 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 378.66
Lighting 130
Reflection 105
Parallax 116
32% 117 fps
MRender 79.2
Gravity 111
Splatting 75
64% 88.3 fps
MaxC: 1455 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 378.66
Lighting 126
Reflection 104
Parallax 112
31% 114 fps
MRender 71.8
Gravity 108
Splatting 73.1
60% 84.5 fps

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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,839,364 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 53,735 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price
Asus(1043 8520) 10% 53% ± 3%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
BHPhotoUS $214.998 months ago.
AmazonUS $307.711 month ago.
MSI(1462 3202) 9% 50% ± 7%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
EVGA(3842 2966) 8% 53% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
MSI(1462 3201) 7% 51% ± 2%
MSI(1462 3205) 6% 51% ± 3%
Asus(1043 854D) 5% 52% ± 2%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
AmazonUS $219.181 month ago.
OutletPCUS $257.936 months ago.
EbayUS $463.507 mins ago.
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 5% 50% ± 7%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
NeweggUS $222.987 months ago.
EbayUS $227.498 mins ago.
AmazonUS $249.991 month ago.
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
EVGA(3842 3967) 4% 53% ± 7%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
NeweggUS $233.986 months ago.
OutletPCUS $287.836 months ago.
AmazonUS $299.9727 days ago.
EbayUS $680.508 mins ago.
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 3% 49% ± 8%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 3% 51% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 2% 53% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2% 52% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1138) 2% 48% ± 10%
EVGA(3842 2968) 2% 54% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 51% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8561) 2% 49% ± 2%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 2% 49% ± 7%
EVGA(3842 2962) 2% 52% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 2% 53% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 50% ± 6%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 53% ± 3%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 51% ± 2%
HP(103C 2B4D) 1% 49% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 54% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
NeweggUS $274.981 month ago.
OutletPCUS $307.836 months ago.
AmazonUS $319.9925 days ago.
EbayUS $819.907 mins ago.
EVGA(3842 3966) 1% 53% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 1962) 1% 52% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 51% ± 4%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 52% ± 5%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 47% ± 8%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 53% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3692) 1% 52% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 49% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 51% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 1% 50% ± 3%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 51% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8526) 1% 50% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8521) 0% 49% ± 2%
Asus(1043 854E) 0% 52% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 0% 52% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3968) 0% 54% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 0% 52% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3962) 0% 52% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 0% 52% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 0921) 0% 11% ± 3%
Sapphire(174B 1376) 0% 49% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36B9) 0% 49% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3691) 0% 52% ± 2%
MSI(1462 320B) 0% 52% ± 0%
MSI(1462 320C) 0% 43% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3203) 0% 50% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 49%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 57%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 45%
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Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693) - $100

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6 hrs ago.

Really happy w/ my GTX 960, it plays every game i want to play on the highest settings


Poor

2 days ago.

I have 2 x gtx 960 4gb in sli. so cheap to buy. bench marks show 2 x 960 sli beat 970 and match the 980 gtx. My advice add another gtx 960 for about £100 and your laughing. if your thinkinhg about gaming in 4k ? upgrade but 108op and 1440p its a beast in sli.

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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


Poor

16 hrs ago.

Great card for the power requirement, cost, and value.


Good

16 hrs 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


Good

3 days ago.

Reliable, unlike my ex who was siphoning money from me for over a year.


Good

2 years ago.


Good

11 days ago.

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


Poor

3 days ago.

Medium rating..


Good

4 months ago.

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


Good

2 months ago.

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


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