Average Bench: 39.9% (66th of 597)

Based on 162,652 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 60.0% 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) 133fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 118fps

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 17%. 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) 111fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 79.6fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 162,652 samples)
Min Avg Max
88.5 Lighting 133 152
89.6 Reflection 111 124
94 Parallax 123 143
40% 122 fps
Min Avg Max
65 MRender 79.9 86.3
102 Gravity 118 131
63.7 Splatting 79.6 89
40.1% 92.4 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 416.94
Lighting 145
Reflection 120
Parallax 128
43% 131 fps
MRender 80.7
Gravity 126
Splatting 85.4
42% 97.3 fps
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 416.34
Lighting 140
Reflection 105
Parallax 113
40% 119 fps
MRender 83.4
Gravity 127
Splatting 86.1
43% 98.8 fps
Asus(1043 8528) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1493 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 140
Reflection 113
Parallax 124
41% 126 fps
MRender 81.1
Gravity 120
Splatting 81.5
41% 94 fps
162,652 MORE »

 Game FPS Estimates

Average fps @ 1080p with maximum detail settings for 12 popular games:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: 140 fps Grand Theft Auto V: 42 fps PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: 36 fps Overwatch: 70 fps League of Legends: 139 fps Fortnite: 63 fps Battlefield 1: 49 fps The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: 37 fps World of Warcraft: 53 fps DOTA 2: 95 fps World of Tanks: 66 fps Battlefield 4: 59 fps

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,075,927 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 162,652 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
MSI(1462 3202) 10% 40% ± 5%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
MSI(1462 3201) 8% 40% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8520) 8% 41% ± 5%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AmazonUS $33530 days
MSI(1462 3205) 6% 40% ± 4%
Asus(1043 854D) 5% 39% ± 5%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
EVGA(3842 2966) 5% 42% ± 5%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 4% 40% ± 1%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $1981 month
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 3% 38% ± 6%
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 3% 39% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 3% 42% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 2968) 3% 43% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 2% 41% ± 6%
EVGA(3842 3967) 2% 43% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
AmazonUS $2306 months
OutletPCUS $2882 years
EbayUS $45037 mins
Zotac(19DA 1375) 2% 36% ± 13%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 40% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2% 42% ± 3%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 2% 41% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3969) 2% 43% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
AmazonUS $25210 months
OutletPCUS $3082 years
Gainward(10B0 1401) 2% 40% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 42% ± 6%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 40% ± 2%
Device(0000 0000) 1% 13% ± 11%
EVGA(3842 2962) 1% 42% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 1962) 1% 37% ± 10%
EVGA(3842 3966) 1% 44% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 41% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 41% ± 2%
PNY(196E 1138) 1% 40% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 1% 42% ± 0%
HP(103C 2B4D) 1% 37% ± 5%
MSI(1462 320B) 1% 38% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 3968) 1% 45% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 40% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 41% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3200) 0% 39% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3203) 0% 32% ± 13%
Asus(1043 8678) 0% 40% ± 0%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 0% 40% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3960) 0% 42% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 0% 40% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8521) 0% 40% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 0% 32% ± 13%
EVGA(3842 3962) 0% 37% ± 7%
Asus(1043 854E) 0% 39% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8543) 0% 41% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36B9) 0% 39% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 0% 43% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8529) 0% 40% ± 0%
POV(1ACC 962A) 0% 40% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36C8) 0% 41% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 39%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat

Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693) - $102

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 Comments

Added 3 years ago.

Poor

2 days ago.

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Liked

5 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


Average

9 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

17 days ago.

Good Enough For Middle Game


Good

6 days ago.

Really Good Card Even In 2018, Playing Popular Games Easily


Average

1 month ago.

I have one and this is awesome


Good

1 month ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.


Poor

4 months ago.

ii looooveeee thaaaaaaaaaaat 69


Terrible

14 months ago.

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


Average

7 months ago.

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


Very good

17 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

8 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

2 years ago.

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


Good

5 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.


Good

15 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

6 months ago.

it work


Good

23 months ago.

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


Excellent

12 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


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