Average Bench: 41.2% (46th of 542)

Based on 70,242 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) 81.4fps
Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 137fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 9.5%. 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 70,242 samples)
Min Avg Max
119 Lighting 137 154
100 Reflection 114 125
108 Parallax 126 143
39.8% 126 fps
Min Avg Max
73.8 MRender 81.4 86.8
109 Gravity 121 132
75.6 Splatting 82.4 89.8
42.1% 94.8 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
EVGA(3842 3968) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.53
Lighting 152
Reflection 123
Parallax 151
45% 142 fps
MRender 82.7
Gravity 132
Splatting 89.9
43% 101 fps
EVGA(3842 3966) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1634 MHz, MLim: 1854 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.53
Lighting 157
Reflection 128
Parallax 140
45% 142 fps
MRender 87.5
Gravity 136
Splatting 91.8
46% 105 fps
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 382.53
Lighting 148
Reflection 120
Parallax 130
42% 133 fps
MRender 83.3
Gravity 125
Splatting 85.1
43% 97.8 fps
EVGA(3842 3966) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.53
Lighting 146
Reflection 116
Parallax 127
41% 130 fps
MRender 78.3
Gravity 123
Splatting 83.9
41% 95.2 fps
MSI(1462 3205) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1430 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.5
Lighting 143
Reflection 114
Parallax 127
41% 128 fps
MRender 81.1
Gravity 123
Splatting 82
42% 95.2 fps
MSI(1462 3205) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1430 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.53
Lighting 142
Reflection 116
Parallax 128
41% 128 fps
MRender 82.8
Gravity 123
Splatting 82.4
43% 96.1 fps
EVGA(3842 2962) 2GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 376.53
Lighting 139
Reflection 118
Parallax 129
40% 129 fps
MRender 83.3
Gravity 123
Splatting 84.1
43% 96.9 fps
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 2GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 368.39
Lighting 128
Reflection 110
Parallax 120
37% 119 fps
MRender 83.5
Gravity 115
Splatting 78
42% 92.2 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 4,075,880 GPUs tested.

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Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price
MSI(1462 3202) 11% 41% ± 3%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8520) 8% 42% ± 4%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
EbayUS $212.9030 mins ago.
BHPhotoUS $214.9912 months ago.
AmazonUS $308.941 month ago.
EVGA(3842 2966) 7% 43% ± 4%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
MSI(1462 3201) 6% 41% ± 2%
MSI(1462 3205) 5% 41% ± 3%
Asus(1043 854D) 5% 42% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 4% 40% ± 7%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $199.9910 days ago.
EbayUS $599.9824 mins ago.
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
EVGA(3842 3967) 4% 43% ± 4%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
OutletPCUS $287.8310 months ago.
AmazonUS $549.9911 mins ago.
EbayUS $689.9924 mins ago.
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 4% 42% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2968) 3% 42% ± 6%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 3% 40% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 3% 41% ± 3%
PNY(196E 1138) 2% 41% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 42% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 2% 43% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 2% 41% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3966) 2% 43% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 1962) 2% 42% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 42% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 1% 42% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 41% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2962) 1% 39% ± 9%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 1% 42% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 39% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 42% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 1% 42% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 43% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 44% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
OutletPCUS $307.8310 months ago.
AmazonUS $599.9911 mins ago.
EbayUS $819.9021 mins ago.
EVGA(3842 3962) 1% 43% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B4D) 1% 38% ± 5%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 41% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8563) 1% 41% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 41% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 33% ± 7%
Asus(1043 854E) 1% 32% ± 15%
EVGA(3842 3965) 1% 40% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 1% 43% ± 2%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 41% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3692) 1% 42% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 3691) 1% 44% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 0% 42% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C8) 0% 39% ± 4%
Device(107D 2763) 0% 15% ± 22%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 0% 43% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8561) 0% 41% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 0% 43% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2961) 0% 40% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3968) 0% 44% ± 0%
MSI(1462 8C91) 0% 44% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 36B9) 0% 40% ± 1%
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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

11 hrs ago.

I have 4 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.


Poor

1 day ago.

Good fore lidle Money


Poor

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


Poor

2 days ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.


Good

1 day ago.

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


Poor

14 days ago.

Medium rating..


Very good

17 days 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

9 months ago.

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


Good

6 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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