Average Bench: 41.3% (45th of 540)

Based on 55,304 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 58.7% 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. Render target array GShader (Sphere) 81.6fps
Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 138fps

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 10.7%. 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) 113fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 121fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 55,304 samples)
Min Avg Max
112 Lighting 138 154
98.6 Reflection 113 125
108 Parallax 127 143
39.9% 126 fps
Min Avg Max
72.5 MRender 81.6 88.2
110 Gravity 121 132
74 Splatting 82.3 90.7
42.1% 95 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
MSI(1462 3201) 2GB
MaxC: 1588 MHz, MaxM: 2002 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 381.89
Lighting 152
Reflection 123
Parallax 138
44% 137 fps
MRender 95.1
Gravity 132
Splatting 89.3
48% 105 fps
Asus(1043 8537) 2GB
MaxC: 1580 MHz, MaxM: 1771 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 381.89
Lighting 142
Reflection 124
Parallax 138
42% 135 fps
MRender 90
Gravity 129
Splatting 91.3
46% 104 fps
MSI(1462 3205) ≥ 4GB
MaxC: 1525 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 376.53
Lighting 149
Reflection 123
Parallax 133
43% 135 fps
MRender 82.2
Gravity 131
Splatting 88.5
43% 101 fps
MSI(1462 3201) 2GB
MaxC: 1443 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 381.89
Lighting 136
Reflection 113
Parallax 137
41% 129 fps
MRender 83.4
Gravity 120
Splatting 80.5
43% 94.5 fps
Zotac(19DA 1375) 2GB
MaxC: 1405 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 381.89
Lighting 135
Reflection 112
Parallax 124
39% 124 fps
MRender 83
Gravity 118
Splatting 82.3
43% 94.6 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 3,490,626 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 55,304 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price
MSI(1462 3202) 12% 41% ± 5%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8520) 9% 41% ± 8%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
EbayUS $212.907 mins ago.
BHPhotoUS $214.9910 months ago.
AmazonUS $270.2921 mins ago.
MSI(1462 3201) 8% 41% ± 3%
Asus(1043 854D) 7% 42% ± 3%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
AmazonUS $219.183 months ago.
EbayUS $739.383 mins ago.
MSI(1462 3205) 5% 40% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 2966) 5% 43% ± 4%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 4% 41% ± 1%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
NeweggUS $222.9810 months ago.
EbayUS $227.494 mins ago.
AmazonUS $249.993 months ago.
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 3% 42% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2968) 3% 43% ± 10%
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 3% 41% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 3% 42% ± 4%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 2% 41% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 1962) 2% 42% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 39% ± 7%
EVGA(3842 3967) 2% 43% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
AmazonUS $229.991 month ago.
NeweggUS $233.989 months ago.
OutletPCUS $287.838 months ago.
EbayUS $760.994 mins ago.
EVGA(3842 3966) 2% 43% ± 6%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2% 42% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 42% ± 2%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 2% 42% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 41% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 42% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 1% 40% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 1% 43% ± 1%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 41% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B4D) 1% 39% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 44% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
NeweggUS $274.984 months ago.
OutletPCUS $307.838 months ago.
AmazonUS $699.9920 mins ago.
EbayUS $819.903 mins ago.
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 43% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 45% ± 2%
PNY(196E 1138) 1% 40% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 38% ± 6%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 1% 43% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 41% ± 2%
Sapphire(174B 1376) 1% 40% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2963) 1% 40% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 1% 42% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 40% ± 0%
Asus(1043 854E) 1% 42% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 39% ± 4%
Device(7377 0000) 1% 35% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 0% 40% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8563) 0% 41% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3203) 0% 40% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36B3) 0% 42% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3968) 0% 45% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AB) 0% 43% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 0% 43% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8526) 0% 28% ± 20%
Gigabyte(1458 3692) 0% 43% ± 2%
HP(103C 2B57) 0% 40% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8521) 0% 40% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 40%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 43%
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Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693) - $87

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Poor

4 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.

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


Good

1 day ago.

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


Good

11 hrs ago.

Good fore lidle Money


Good

1 day 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 hr ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.


Good

9 hrs ago.

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


Poor

23 days ago.

Medium rating..


Good

7 months ago.

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


Good

4 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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