Average Bench: 39.7% (64th of 584)

Based on 133,666 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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Poor average bench

The Nvidia GTX 960 averaged 60.2% 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) 133fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 116fps

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is 22.6%. 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) 110fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 79.5fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 133,666 samples)
Min Avg Max
32.8 Lighting 133 154
55.1 Reflection 110 125
52.3 Parallax 122 143
39.8% 121 fps
Min Avg Max
31.8 MRender 78.7 87.5
63.5 Gravity 116 133
43.3 Splatting 79.5 90.3
39.7% 91.5 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
EVGA(3842 3966) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.35
Lighting 290
Reflection 120
Parallax 147
74% 186 fps
MRender 79.2
Gravity 129
Splatting 87.4
43% 98.4 fps
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.35
Lighting 154
Reflection 123
Parallax 134
45% 137 fps
MRender 80.8
Gravity 131
Splatting 88.2
44% 100 fps
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 390.77
Lighting 149
Reflection 121
Parallax 142
45% 137 fps
MRender 71.6
Gravity 128
Splatting 86.7
41% 95.3 fps
EVGA(3842 3966) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.35
Lighting 142
Reflection 113
Parallax 129
42% 128 fps
MRender 83.8
Gravity 124
Splatting 86
42% 97.9 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 138
Reflection 116
Parallax 127
42% 127 fps
MRender 82.9
Gravity 123
Splatting 81.9
42% 95.9 fps
MSI(1462 3201) 2GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 391.35
Lighting 129
Reflection 109
Parallax 120
39% 119 fps
MRender 83.5
Gravity 114
Splatting 77.6
40% 91.8 fps
MSI(1462 3205) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1430 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.35
Lighting 129
Reflection 108
Parallax 124
39% 120 fps
MRender 76.3
Gravity 114
Splatting 77.8
39% 89.5 fps
EVGA(3842 2968) 2GB
CLim: 1666 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 391.35
Lighting 7
Reflection 128
Parallax 138
17% 91.1 fps
MRender 78.4
Gravity 2.9
Splatting 93.1
21% 58.1 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,298,007 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 133,666 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
MSI(1462 3202) 11% 40% ± 5%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8520) 8% 41% ± 6%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AmazonUS $5953 days
Asus(1043 854D) 7% 42% ± 2%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
MSI(1462 3205) 6% 41% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 2966) 5% 43% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
MSI(1462 3201) 4% 40% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 3% 40% ± 8%
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 3% 39% ± 3%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 3% 39% ± 7%
EVGA(3842 3967) 3% 44% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
OutletPCUS $28820 months
AmazonUS $3752 months
EbayUS $77211 mins
PNY(196E 1138) 3% 39% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 2968) 3% 43% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 2% 40% ± 3%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $20010 months
EbayUS $60011 mins
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 2% 42% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8561) 2% 38% ± 6%
EVGA(3842 3966) 2% 40% ± 11%
EVGA(3842 2962) 2% 40% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 2% 41% ± 6%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2% 43% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 40% ± 3%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 42% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 1962) 1% 40% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 42% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 1% 42% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 41% ± 5%
Asus(1043 8528) 1% 43% ± 1%
Device(0000 0000) 1% 10% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 1% 41% ± 2%
Nvidia(10DE 0000) 1% 10% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 41% ± 1%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 43% ± 2%
MSI(1462 320B) 1% 42% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 42% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 44% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
AmazonUS $2523 months
OutletPCUS $30820 months
EbayUS $82010 mins
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 42% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8521) 1% 41% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 1% 41% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8559) 1% 39% ± 1%
Asus(1043 853C) 1% 42% ± 0%
Nvidia(10DE 0939) 1% 10% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3200) 0% 39% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8678) 0% 40% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3962) 0% 41% ± 0%
Asus(1043 854E) 0% 39% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C8) 0% 39% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B4D) 0% 35% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 3968) 0% 43% ± 4%
Sapphire(174B 1376) 0% 39% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2960) 0% 40% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 0% 35% ± 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 53%
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Workstation
Workstation 42%
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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

2 days ago.

I got this in 2016 new I had the 2gb version and it was okay... the 2gb was a slight bottleneck to the gpu and it was just a semi budget gpu.


Poor

13 hrs ago.

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


Good

13 days ago.

sik little graphics card, can still run all modern titles at minimum of medium settings, some on ultra

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 month 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

13 days ago.

it so laggy when you playing some not supported Game


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

ii looooveeee thaaaaaaaaaaat 69


Terrible

7 months ago.

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


Average

2 days ago.

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


Very good

10 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

1 month 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

19 months ago.

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


Good

8 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.


Terrible

1 month ago.

useless in 2018


Good

16 months ago.

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


Excellent

5 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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