Average Bench: 40.5% (85th of 617)

Based on 223,683 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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Below average average bench

The Nvidia GTX 960 averaged 59.5% 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) 134fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 119fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 9.22%. 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) 112fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 80.2fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 223,683 samples)
Min Avg Max
113 Lighting 134 151
95.4 Reflection 112 124
103 Parallax 125 142
40.4% 124 fps
Min Avg Max
71.1 MRender 80.9 85.9
106 Gravity 119 130
71 Splatting 80.2 88.7
40.5% 93.4 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: 2GB, Driver: 431.36
Lighting 149
Reflection 123
Parallax 148
46% 140 fps
MRender 83.7
Gravity 130
Splatting 87.9
44% 100 fps
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 431.36
Lighting 150
Reflection 122
Parallax 133
44% 135 fps
MRender 83.1
Gravity 129
Splatting 87.9
43% 100 fps
EVGA(3842 1962) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 431.36
Lighting 134
Reflection 114
Parallax 124
40% 124 fps
MRender 82.2
Gravity 122
Splatting 82.6
42% 95.5 fps
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 2GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 430.86
Lighting 125
Reflection 111
Parallax 122
38% 119 fps
MRender 80.7
Gravity 115
Splatting 79.4
40% 91.7 fps
223,683 MORE »

 Game FPS Estimates

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

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: 138 fps Fortnite: 74 fps PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: 38 fps Grand Theft Auto V: 42 fps League of Legends: 123 fps Overwatch: 70 fps Battlefield 1: 48 fps The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: 37 fps DOTA 2: 83 fps World of Warcraft: 53 fps World of Tanks: 65 fps Minecraft: 184 fps

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,383,284 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 223,683 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
MSI(1462 3202) 10% 40% ± 4%
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% 42% ± 2%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AmazonUS $3359 months
EbayUS $1,29618 mins
EVGA(3842 2966) 6% 42% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Asus(1043 854D) 6% 40% ± 3%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
MSI(1462 3205) 4% 40% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 4% 40% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2968) 3% 43% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 3967) 3% 43% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
OutletPCUS $2882 years
AmazonUS $3798 mins
EbayUS $39915 mins
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 3% 41% ± 2%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $1989 months
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 3% 42% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 3% 41% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2% 40% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 41% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 2% 41% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3966) 2% 43% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 2% 40% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8561) 2% 39% ± 2%
HP(103C 2B4D) 2% 38% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 42% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 42% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
OutletPCUS $3082 years
AmazonUS $3898 mins
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 37% ± 4%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 38% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 41% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 40% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 42% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1138) 1% 38% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 2962) 1% 42% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36EE) 1% 44% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 42% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 1% 40% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 40% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36B9) 1% 40% ± 1%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 41% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 1% 43% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 0% 38% ± 5%
Asus(1043 8521) 0% 40% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 1962) 0% 43% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36C8) 0% 39% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 0% 41% ± 0%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 19% ± 18%
Nvidia(10DE 0939) 0% 10% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8563) 0% 39% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 4378) 0% 40% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 0% 43% ± 4%
Asus(1043 8559) 0% 41% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8543) 0% 40% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 0% 43% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 0% 42% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3968) 0% 42% ± 2%
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Gaming
Gaming 39%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 42%
Speed boat

Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 78% - Very good Total price: $367

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 Comments

Added 4 years ago.

Excellent

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


Good

7 days ago.

Its a good medium 1080p gaming graphics card


Good

1 hr ago.

i like


Poor

3 days ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Poor

18 days ago.

Runs my games very well, though still looking for a 970/980 ti


Poor

1 month ago.

the bang for your buck value makes me vomit.


Excellent

1 month ago.

This GPU is awesome because i want it


Excellent

3 months ago.

I have one and this is awesome


Excellent

21 days ago.

very good value and performance


Terrible

8 hrs ago.

sooooo baaad


Excellent

2 days ago.

yes


Poor

12 months ago.

ii looooveeee thaaaaaaaaaaat 69


Good

4 years ago.


Average

15 months ago.

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


Terrible

22 months ago.

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


Good

1 month ago.

It used to have the same value as the 1060


Good

2 months ago.

MSI Twin Frozr version works amazing


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

16 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

14 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

4 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

14 months ago.

it work


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

20 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 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.


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