Average Bench: 33% (89th of 625)

Based on 254,951 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 66.9% 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) 136fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 120fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 5.83%. 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) 113fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 127fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 254,951 samples)
Min Avg Max
123 Lighting 136 150
100 Reflection 113 123
108 Parallax 127 142
34.8% 125 fps
Min Avg Max
76.4 MRender 82 86
110 Gravity 120 130
73.5 Splatting 80.5 88.2
30.8% 94.3 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
EVGA(3842 3965) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1592 MHz, MLim: 2052 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 436.48
Lighting 156
Reflection 128
Parallax 141
40% 142 fps
MRender 96.9
Gravity 135
Splatting 91.5
35% 108 fps
CLim: 1519 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 441.12
Lighting 147
Reflection 121
Parallax 132
37% 133 fps
MRender 81.4
Gravity 127
Splatting 86.3
32% 98.3 fps
EVGA(3842 2968) 2GB
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 391.1
Lighting 148
Reflection 119
Parallax 132
38% 133 fps
MRender 83
Gravity 124
Splatting 84.7
32% 97.2 fps
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 441.20
Lighting 140
Reflection 114
Parallax 127
36% 127 fps
MRender 83.4
Gravity 121
Splatting 81.7
31% 95.4 fps
Zotac(19DA 1375) 2GB
CLim: 1405 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 441.20
Lighting 132
Reflection 111
Parallax 123
34% 122 fps
MRender 84.7
Gravity 117
Splatting 78.3
30% 93.3 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,548,579 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 254,951 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
MSI(1462 3202) 10% 33% ± 1%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
MSI(1462 3201) 9% 32% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8520) 7% 33% ± 2%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AmazonUS $25018 mins
Asus(1043 854D) 7% 33% ± 2%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
MSI(1462 3205) 5% 33% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 5% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $19813 months
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
EVGA(3842 2966) 4% 35% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 3% 33% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 3% 34% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 3% 34% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 32% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 2% 32% ± 2%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 2% 32% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 3967) 2% 34% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
OutletPCUS $2883 years
EbayUS $34924 mins
AmazonUS $37918 mins
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 2% 34% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 2% 34% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8561) 2% 32% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2968) 2% 35% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3969) 2% 35% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
OutletPCUS $3083 years
AmazonUS $38918 mins
PNY(196E 1138) 2% 33% ± 4%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 2% 34% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 33% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 1962) 1% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 32% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3966) 1% 35% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2962) 1% 33% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 34% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 33% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2963) 1% 33% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B4D) 1% 31% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36B9) 1% 31% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3962) 1% 32% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8521) 1% 31% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 34% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36C8) 1% 32% ± 2%
Sapphire(174B 1376) 1% 31% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 1% 34% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 0% 30% ± 5%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 0% 34% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3200) 0% 33% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 0% 34% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 0% 34% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36B0) 0% 34% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 0% 35% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 0% 32% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 0% 33% ± 1%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 30% ± 1%
Asus(1043 854E) 0% 32% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 0000) 0% 31% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3965) 0% 32% ± 1%
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Gaming
Gaming 32%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 50%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 39%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693)

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 Comments

Added 4 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

1 day ago.

It is good. Get 60fps on most games.


Poor

11 days ago.

bad fps

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

11 hrs ago.

Its a good medium 1080p gaming graphics card


Excellent

29 days ago.

İyi Kart


Excellent

29 days ago.

it's my graphic card i buy in 2016 and i was stupid teenager it just light for play but that work


Good

12 days ago.

Cheap GPU, almost all game with middle setting can run it


Good

19 days ago.

GOOD TURATIONS DON:T TRANCANE


Good

3 months ago.

gives actually premium performance in best price


Excellent

13 days ago.

best ever


Excellent

2 months ago.

the bang for your buck value makes me vomit.


Terrible

1 month ago.

la reemplaza poe la 1060


Poor

7 days ago.

I have a gtx 960 right now and its not that bad but i cant play like ghost recon wildlands on 60 fps at all but it can handle many game.


Excellent

1 month ago.

This GPU is awesome because i want it


Good

2 months ago.

I have one and this is awesome


Good

3 days ago.

jjjjmn


Terrible

1 month ago.

ii looooveeee thaaaaaaaaaaat 69


Good

4 years ago.


Average

19 months ago.

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


Terrible

2 years ago.

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


Good

6 months ago.

MSI Twin Frozr version works amazing


Good

5 months ago.

It used to have the same value as the 1060


Very good

2 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

20 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

3 years ago.

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


Good

18 months 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.


Poor

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.


Average

18 months ago.

it work


Excellent

11 months 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.


Good

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


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