Average Bench: 33.6% (122nd of 668)

Based on 409,792 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) 42.9fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 40.8fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 5.18%. 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) 46.8fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 40.6fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 409,792 samples)
Min Avg Max
39.3 Lighting 42.9 47.3
42.3 Reflection 46.8 62.6
37.4 Parallax 40.6 44.6
34.7% 43.4 fps
Min Avg Max
35 MRender 37 38.7
38 Gravity 40.8 43.6
33.1 Splatting 35.3 38.3
32.4% 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: 4GB, Driver: 511.23
Lighting 46.4
Reflection 68
Parallax 42.7
38% 52.4 fps
MRender 37.3
Gravity 42.9
Splatting 0.1
34% 26.8 fps
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 511.23
Lighting 45.8
Reflection 46.7
Parallax 46.5
37% 46.3 fps
MRender 37.3
Gravity 42.1
Splatting 36.7
33% 38.7 fps
CLim: 1430 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 496.76
Lighting 42.3
Reflection 44.1
Parallax 39.5
34% 42 fps
MRender 37.2
Gravity 39.7
Splatting 34.4
32% 37.1 fps
Asus(1043 8528) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1493 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 472.12
Lighting 40.1
Reflection 52.3
Parallax 33
32% 41.8 fps
MRender 37.7
Gravity 41.5
Splatting 36.5
33% 38.6 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 471.96
Lighting 0.2
Reflection 45.3
Parallax 38.4
0% 28 fps
MRender 36.6
Gravity 40.2
Splatting 35.4
32% 37.4 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 49,476,927 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 409,792 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (MSRP ≈ $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
MSI(1462 3202) 9% 34% ± 1%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
MSI(1462 3201) 9% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8520) 9% 34% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AmazonUS $43412 months
MSI(1462 3205) 8% 33% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2966) 5% 36% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Asus(1043 854D) 4% 34% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 4% 35% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 4% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 3% 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) 3% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8528) 3% 34% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 3% 35% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3967) 2% 36% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
AmazonUS $5005 months
Zotac(19DA 1375) 2% 34% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 33% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1138) 2% 33% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B4D) 2% 32% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2968) 1% 36% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36B9) 1% 32% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 1% 36% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 32% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 36% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
AmazonUS $3892 years
EVGA(3842 3966) 1% 36% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2962) 1% 33% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 1% 35% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 1962) 1% 33% ± 2%
Asus(1043 854E) 1% 31% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 33% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 35% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8524) 1% 32% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 32% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3203) 1% 31% ± 1%
Sapphire(174B 1376) 1% 31% ± 1%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 33% ± 2%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 0% 34% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 0000) 0% 33% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8537) 0% 32% ± 1%
Asus(1043 856B) 0% 36% ± 0%
PNY(196E 113A) 0% 34% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 0% 34% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8521) 0% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C4) 0% 32% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 0% 35% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 0% 34% ± 2%
Asus(1043 852C) 0% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AB) 0% 36% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2963) 0% 33% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36EE) 0% 36% ± 0%
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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.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

1 day ago.

It is a really good being GPU but the 2GB model is just not powerful enough to make the cut, but the 4GB model is better and can handle more of a load from games.


Poor

26 days ago.

6 years and it's still working fine! (Gigabyte)

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

15 days ago.

Хорошая производительность за свои деньги


Poor

12 days ago.

Cheap and runs all the games i play on max 60+ FPS


Good

1 month ago.

all games are playable above 30fps sometimes 60fps


Good

17 days ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

bc i use this i can even use shader with this


Good

1 month ago.

This GPU is awesome because i want it


Good

14 days ago.

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


Good

5 months ago.

getting really bad fps on modern games


Good

6 years ago.


Average

11 months ago.

MSI Twin Frozr version works amazing


Good

18 months ago.

budget top at 2014 . normal is only 4gb version


Good

7 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

2 months ago.

Still pretty decent in 2021, even the 2gb variant. If you have the 4gb one, Lucky you!


Excellent

20 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

3 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

22 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

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 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

4 months ago.

had this since it came out. it held up.


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