Average Bench: 40.3% (62nd of 592)

Based on 142,244 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 59.7% 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) 134fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 119fps

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 13.1%. 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) 112fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 79.6fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 142,244 samples)
Min Avg Max
85.5 Lighting 134 153
93.4 Reflection 112 123
93.3 Parallax 123 142
40.2% 123 fps
Min Avg Max
64.6 MRender 80.5 86.4
103 Gravity 119 130
60.6 Splatting 79.6 88.6
40.3% 92.9 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 146
Reflection 120
Parallax 134
44% 133 fps
MRender 84
Gravity 128
Splatting 88.3
43% 100 fps
MSI(1462 3205) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1430 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.36
Lighting 137
Reflection 115
Parallax 138
42% 130 fps
MRender 81.7
Gravity 119
Splatting 81.7
41% 94.1 fps
MSI(1462 3205) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1430 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.36
Lighting 138
Reflection 114
Parallax 124
41% 125 fps
MRender 81.3
Gravity 118
Splatting 81
40% 93.5 fps
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1430 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.36
Lighting 130
Reflection 111
Parallax 121
39% 121 fps
MRender 80.9
Gravity 107
Splatting 79.4
38% 89.1 fps
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.36
Lighting 150
Reflection 120
Parallax 132
44% 134 fps
MRender 83.3
Gravity 127
Splatting 0.1
34% 70 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,700,324 GPUs tested.

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Based on statistics from 142,244 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
MSI(1462 3202) 10% 41% ± 2%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8520) 8% 41% ± 5%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AmazonUS $55810 hrs
MSI(1462 3201) 7% 41% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 6% 40% ± 2%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $20013 months
EbayUS $60010 hrs
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
EVGA(3842 2966) 5% 43% ± 4%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Asus(1043 854D) 5% 41% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
MSI(1462 3205) 5% 40% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 3% 40% ± 4%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 3% 40% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 3967) 3% 40% ± 10%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
AmazonUS $2302 months
OutletPCUS $28823 months
EbayUS $77210 hrs
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 3% 42% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 3% 40% ± 4%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 2% 41% ± 2%
PNY(196E 1138) 2% 40% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2% 41% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 42% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 3966) 2% 44% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2962) 2% 37% ± 7%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 41% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 2% 40% ± 9%
EVGA(3842 2968) 2% 44% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 42% ± 5%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 39% ± 7%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 37% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 1962) 1% 41% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 38% ± 7%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 44% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
AmazonUS $2526 months
OutletPCUS $30823 months
EbayUS $82010 hrs
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 43% ± 2%
Device(0000 0000) 1% 19% ± 15%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 41% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 1% 40% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 3968) 1% 44% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8521) 1% 37% ± 6%
HP(103C 2B4D) 1% 39% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 0000) 1% 11% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3206) 0% 38% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3200) 0% 39% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 0% 42% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C9) 0% 28% ± 22%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 0% 44% ± 0%
Asus(1043 853C) 0% 42% ± 1%
Sapphire(174B 1376) 0% 39% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3691) 0% 43% ± 1%
MSI(1462 320B) 0% 38% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8559) 0% 38% ± 3%
Asus(1043 854E) 0% 39% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3962) 0% 38% ± 5%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 0% 39% ± 1%
Device(107D 2763) 0% 35% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 0% 41% ± 2%
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Gaming
Gaming 39%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 43%
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Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693) - $102

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 Comments

Added 3 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

6 hrs ago.

960 is pretty much the same thing as 1050 and less expensive


Poor

5 days ago.

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


Excellent

1 day ago.

Its Banging

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

2 days ago.

so slooooooooow


Good

8 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


Terrible

24 days ago.

Small ammoun of memory and it's old


Good

19 hrs ago.

the best


Poor

13 days ago.

it so laggy when you playing some not supported Game


Excellent

2 days ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.


Poor

20 hrs ago.

ii looooveeee thaaaaaaaaaaat 69


Terrible

10 months ago.

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


Average

3 months ago.

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


Very good

13 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

4 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

22 months ago.

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


Good

1 month 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

11 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

2 months ago.

it work


Good

19 months ago.

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


Excellent

8 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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