Average Bench: 32.9% (165th of 715)

Based on 440,282 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]

Poor average bench

The Nvidia GTX 960 averaged 67.0% 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) 42.1fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 35.1fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 6.29%. 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) 45.5fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 39.8fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 440,282 samples)
Min Avg Max
37.4 Lighting 42.1 46.4
40.7 Reflection 45.5 56.8
35.5 Parallax 39.8 43.7
34.3% 42.5 fps
Min Avg Max
33.9 MRender 36.3 38.2
36.4 Gravity 40.2 43.3
32.2 Splatting 35.1 37.9
30.3% 37.2 fps
User Benchmarks Bench3D DX93D DX103D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 552.12
Lighting 45.5
Reflection 47.6
Parallax 42.2
37% 45.1 fps
MRender 36.4
Gravity 42.7
Splatting 37.5
32% 38.9 fps
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 555.85
Lighting 45.3
Reflection 46.2
Parallax 41.4
37% 44.3 fps
MRender 36.4
Gravity 41.9
Splatting 36.5
31% 38.3 fps
CLim: 1493 MHz, MLim: 1800 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 536.23
Lighting 43.1
Reflection 45.6
Parallax 40.8
35% 43.2 fps
MRender 38.2
Gravity 40.7
Splatting 36
31% 38.3 fps
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 546.29
Lighting 43
Reflection 44.4
Parallax 39.6
35% 42.3 fps
MRender 35.7
Gravity 40.7
Splatting 35.3
30% 37.2 fps
MSI(1462 3205) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1430 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 432.00
Lighting 41.1
Reflection 43.7
Parallax 38.8
34% 41.2 fps
MRender 36.3
Gravity 39.9
Splatting 34.6
30% 36.9 fps
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Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (MSRP ≈ $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
MSI(1462 3202) 11% 33% ± 1%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8520) 7% 33% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
EbayUS $2852 years
AmazonUS $4343 years
EVGA(3842 2966) 6% 35% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
MSI(1462 3201) 6% 32% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3205) 6% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 854D) 6% 33% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 4% 34% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3967) 4% 35% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
EbayUS $2155 months
AmazonUS $5002 years
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 4% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 32% ± 1%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 2% 33% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 2% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $1985 years
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 2% 32% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 2% 34% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 2% 34% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 33% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3200) 2% 31% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3966) 2% 35% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 2% 35% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1138) 2% 32% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2968) 2% 35% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 32% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 32% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 1% 32% ± 2%
HP(103C 2B4D) 1% 31% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 1% 34% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2962) 1% 32% ± 2%
MSI(1462 3203) 1% 31% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8521) 1% 31% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8566) 1% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 32% ± 1%
Device(0000 0000) 1% 32% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8526) 1% 32% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 1% 34% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 1962) 1% 32% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 30% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 34% ± 1%
Asus(1043 854E) 1% 31% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 36% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
AmazonUS $3894 years
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 32% ± 0%
MSI(1462 320B) 0% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C8) 0% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 0% 32% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 0% 34% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 0% 33% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 0% 32% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8545) 0% 29% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 0% 35% ± 0%
Nvidia(10DE 0000) 0% 30% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36FB) 0% 32% ± 0%
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Gaming 12%
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Desktop
Desktop 74%
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Workstation
Workstation 10%
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 Comments

Added 9 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

1 month ago.

really good graphics card. could handle a lot of games. played really good with minecraft shaders. recommended.


Disliked

25 days ago.

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


Terrible

2 months ago.

Хорошая производительность за свои деньги


Poor

2 months ago.

worst gpu ever. but i still use it


Poor

30 days ago.

cheap price for quite good performance


Average

10 months ago.

probably one of the only graphics cards you can still get for a reasonable price on the second hand market


Poor

2 years ago.

all games are playable above 30fps sometimes 60fps


Good

7 months ago.

bc i use this i can even use shader with this


Good

20 days ago.

Old and generally not worth the price for it's speed


Excellent

14 months ago.

Isnt good in 2021, but it was okay and has done its job well.


Poor

4 months ago.

8 years with it and its still a beast. runs mw2 on 60 frams medium settings


Good

19 months ago.

getting really bad fps on modern games


Good

9 years ago.


Average

3 years ago.

MSI Twin Frozr version works amazing


Good

2 years ago.

i got this card as a temporary card because graphic card right now is skyrocketing, and i have to say that im impressed for how old this card is


Good

4 years ago.

It used to have the same value as the 1060


Excellent

4 years ago.

These things are a dime a dozen at the moment, and actually run decent games. You'll get a solid 60fps in COD Warzone for example, with low textures and 720p. Most titles from 2015 to 2019 will run nicely at 60fps or greater. You really can't complain about the performance / price ratio here so long as its under 60USD or 100AUD.


Excellent

5 years ago.

Even though i made the mistake to go with the 2GB MSI gaming version of this card (this was atleast 3 years ago) And even if it only has an ASIC quality of 66.8%... this card can be pushed over its limits like none other -without any hardware mods- which i find truly fascinating. It runs most games i play at a decent medium to high setting ratio which is completely fine for the price at the time. Which is why i love it so much. it packs so much punch hidden under its hood for a reasonable price for costumers that are a little low on budget. For now i have the MSI 2G gaming version running at a stable 1506Mhz clock and 4001Mhz mem @1268mV-core. I even took the time to use liquid metal on the GPU die instead of the factory applied compound which was already dried up when i decided to change it. The die under heavy load with factory compound sat around 76-84 Celcius and now with liquid metal sits around 46-53 Celcius, before then the GPU fans will have sped up to their max values to keep the components on the card cool as well because we all know that heat is a slowly destructive factor.


Very good

6 years 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

6 years 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

7 years ago.

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


Good

6 years 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.


Excellent

4 years ago.

I still use the GIGABYTE GV-N960IXOC-2GD version. This little critter can take some real punishment and still have some OC room. Amazing!


Poor

5 years 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

6 years ago.

it work


Good

7 years ago.

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


Excellent

6 years ago.

Mainly because I got it at a good price and I got the Xtreme Gaming edition. so it looks epic.


Excellent

5 years ago.

fantastic gpu that's served me well and oc'd beautifully.


Average

2 years ago.

had this since it came out. it held up.


Excellent

14 months ago.

its good


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