Average Bench: 41.3% (42nd of 535)

Based on 57,866 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 58.6% 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. Render target array GShader (Sphere) 81.8fps
Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 138fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 9.22%. 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) 114fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 121fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 57,866 samples)
Min Avg Max
115 Lighting 138 154
96.7 Reflection 114 125
107 Parallax 127 143
39.9% 126 fps
Min Avg Max
72.4 MRender 81.8 87.1
108 Gravity 121 132
74 Splatting 82.4 89.5
42.2% 95 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 2GB
MaxC: 1506 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 376.53
Lighting 169
Reflection 117
Parallax 130
46% 139 fps
MRender 81.9
Gravity 124
Splatting 85.8
43% 97.1 fps
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2GB
MaxC: 1581 MHz, MaxM: 1802 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 378.92
Lighting 155
Reflection 123
Parallax 134
44% 138 fps
MRender 86.5
Gravity 130
Splatting 88.5
45% 102 fps
MSI(1462 3201) 2GB
MaxC: 1392 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 378.92
Lighting 125
Reflection 104
Parallax 116
36% 115 fps
MRender 78
Gravity 111
Splatting 75
40% 88 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 3,169,883 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 57,866 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price
Asus(1043 8520) 10% 41% ± 6%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
BHPhotoUS $214.999 months ago.
AmazonUS $307.712 months ago.
MSI(1462 3201) 8% 41% ± 4%
MSI(1462 3202) 7% 41% ± 2%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
EVGA(3842 2966) 6% 44% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
MSI(1462 3205) 5% 41% ± 5%
Asus(1043 854D) 5% 41% ± 3%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
AmazonUS $219.182 months ago.
EbayUS $739.3823 mins ago.
EVGA(3842 3967) 4% 44% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
AmazonUS $229.993 days ago.
NeweggUS $233.988 months ago.
OutletPCUS $287.837 months ago.
EbayUS $771.9634 secs ago.
EVGA(3842 2968) 3% 43% ± 6%
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 3% 41% ± 2%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
NeweggUS $222.988 months ago.
EbayUS $227.4928 secs ago.
AmazonUS $249.992 months ago.
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 3% 39% ± 6%
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 3% 40% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 2% 41% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 1962) 2% 41% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 2% 43% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3969) 2% 44% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
NeweggUS $274.983 months ago.
OutletPCUS $307.837 months ago.
AmazonUS $799.9917 mins ago.
EbayUS $819.9023 mins ago.
Zotac(19DA 2375) 2% 42% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 3966) 2% 44% ± 1%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 2% 40% ± 6%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 42% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 2% 39% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2% 38% ± 9%
EVGA(3842 2962) 2% 41% ± 2%
PNY(196E 1138) 1% 41% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 1% 43% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 1% 43% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 44% ± 2%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 41% ± 6%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 42% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 38% ± 4%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 1% 41% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 41% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 41% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8521) 1% 42% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 1% 43% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 41% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 1% 39% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 40% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B4D) 1% 39% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8559) 0% 38% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AB) 0% 43% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8526) 0% 41% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8563) 0% 41% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 0% 42% ± 2%
Asus(1043 854E) 0% 40% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3968) 0% 45% ± 0%
Nvidia(10DE 0000) 0% 10% ± 1%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 38% ± 2%
Sapphire(174B 1376) 0% 39% ± 1%
PNY(196E 113C) 0% 43% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8522) 0% 43% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 40%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 54%
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Workstation
Workstation 43%
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Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693) - $91

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3 hrs ago.

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


Good

10 hrs 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


Good

1 day ago.

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


Good

1 day ago.

Good fore lidle Money


Good

56 mins 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

1 day ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.


Good

19 days ago.

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


Poor

20 hrs ago.

Medium rating..


Good

6 months ago.

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


Good

3 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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