Average Bench: 33.7% (121st of 666)

Based on 366,961 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 66.3% 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) 43fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 40.9fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 5.12%. 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) 48.5fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 40.6fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 366,961 samples)
Min Avg Max
39.5 Lighting 43 47.2
42.2 Reflection 48.5 64.9
37.4 Parallax 40.6 45.2
34.7% 44.1 fps
Min Avg Max
35.1 MRender 37 38.8
37.9 Gravity 40.9 44
32.9 Splatting 35.1 38.6
32.5% 37.7 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: 2GB, Driver: 432.00
Lighting 47.5
Reflection 48.7
Parallax 43.4
38% 46.5 fps
MRender 37.9
Gravity 43.9
Splatting 38.2
35% 40 fps
CLim: 1566 MHz, MLim: 1925 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 472.12
Lighting 46.7
Reflection 49.4
Parallax 44.3
38% 46.8 fps
MRender 40.4
Gravity 44.2
Splatting 38.6
35% 41.1 fps
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 471.11
Lighting 46.4
Reflection 47.9
Parallax 47.7
38% 47.3 fps
MRender 36.8
Gravity 43.5
Splatting 38.3
34% 39.5 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 472.12
Lighting 43.5
Reflection 46.2
Parallax 41.4
35% 43.7 fps
MRender 37.3
Gravity 41.3
Splatting 35.9
33% 38.2 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 46,358,631 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 366,961 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (MSRP ≈ $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
MSI(1462 3202) 10% 34% ± 1%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 854D) 8% 34% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
MSI(1462 3201) 7% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8520) 7% 34% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AmazonUS $4348 months
MSI(1462 3205) 6% 34% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2966) 6% 35% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 4% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $1983 years
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 4% 33% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3967) 3% 36% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
AmazonUS $5001 month
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 3% 35% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 2% 35% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 2% 34% ± 2%
PNY(196E 1138) 2% 33% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 2% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 32% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 34% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8537) 2% 33% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2968) 2% 36% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2962) 2% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8566) 1% 33% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 36% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 1% 35% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 1% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 1% 32% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 32% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 34% ± 1%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 33% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 33% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B4D) 1% 31% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3966) 1% 35% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8521) 1% 32% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 31% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 1962) 1% 33% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 35% ± 1%
Asus(1043 854E) 1% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C8) 1% 32% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 36% ± 0%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
AmazonUS $38922 months
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 1% 35% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8526) 1% 32% ± 1%
MSI(1462 320B) 0% 33% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3203) 0% 31% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 0% 33% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2378) 0% 32% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3691) 0% 34% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 0% 33% ± 3%
Asus(1043 853C) 0% 35% ± 0%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 32% ± 1%
Sapphire(174B 1376) 0% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36B9) 0% 31% ± 1%
Device(7377 0000) 0% 32% ± 1%
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Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 11%
Tree trunk

Disqualified System: bin bin

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 Comments

Added 6 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

9 days ago.

gets the job done in 2021 with 120+ frames if you have a decent cpu


Liked

7 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


Excellent

9 days ago.

that's really good graphic card!!!


Excellent

1 month ago.

Хорошая производительность за свои деньги


Poor

7 days ago.

GOOD TURATIONS DON:T TRANCANE


Poor

23 days ago.

all games are playable above 30fps sometimes 60fps


Excellent

17 days ago.

way too much underrated card, even as a 2015 release ran rdr2 pretty decent on a 2gb version


Terrible

24 days ago.

it is my first gpu and its good


Good

1 month ago.

This GPU is awesome because i want it


Poor

1 month ago.

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


Good

4 days ago.

Badest gpu ever made for gaming.


Good

1 month ago.

getting really bad fps on modern games


Good

6 years ago.


Average

7 months ago.

MSI Twin Frozr version works amazing


Good

14 months ago.

budget top at 2014 . normal is only 4gb version


Good

3 months 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


Terrible

4 years ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

It used to have the same value as the 1060


Excellent

17 months 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

2 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

4 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

3 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

5 years ago.

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


Good

3 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

18 months 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

2 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

3 years ago.

it work


Good

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Average

15 days ago.

had this since it came out. it held up.


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