Average Bench: 33.6% (142nd of 689)

Based on 418,450 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) 42.8fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 40.8fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 5.14%. 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) 47.3fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 41fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 418,450 samples)
Min Avg Max
39.3 Lighting 42.8 46.9
42.7 Reflection 47.3 64.4
37.9 Parallax 41 45.5
34.6% 43.7 fps
Min Avg Max
35 MRender 37.1 38.8
37.9 Gravity 40.8 43.8
33.1 Splatting 35.2 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: 516.94
Lighting 46.8
Reflection 47.6
Parallax 42.3
38% 45.6 fps
MRender 36.9
Gravity 43
Splatting 37.4
34% 39.1 fps
MSI(1462 3201) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1443 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 516.94
Lighting 42.5
Reflection 44.7
Parallax 39.7
34% 42.3 fps
MRender 36.4
Gravity 40.3
Splatting 35.1
32% 37.3 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 526.98
Lighting 41.4
Reflection 40.2
Parallax 39.8
34% 40.5 fps
MRender 36.3
Gravity 40.1
Splatting 34.5
32% 37 fps
CLim: 1430 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 527.37
Lighting 40.7
Reflection 42.1
Parallax 38.2
33% 40.3 fps
MRender 36.2
Gravity 38.3
Splatting 33.6
31% 36 fps
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 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 418,450 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (MSRP ≈ $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
Asus(1043 8520) 9% 34% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
EbayUS $2858 months
AmazonUS $43423 months
MSI(1462 3202) 8% 34% ± 1%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
MSI(1462 3201) 7% 33% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3205) 5% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 854D) 5% 34% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
EVGA(3842 2966) 5% 36% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 4% 32% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 3% 33% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3967) 3% 36% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
AmazonUS $50015 months
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 3% 34% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 3% 35% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 3% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 3% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 2% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $1984 years
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
Gainward(10B0 1401) 2% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 34% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1138) 2% 33% ± 2%
HP(103C 2B4D) 2% 32% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8678) 2% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 2% 34% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3966) 1% 36% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36B9) 1% 32% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 33% ± 1%
MSI(1462 320B) 1% 35% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 1% 33% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 34% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 34% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 36% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3203) 1% 30% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 32% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2962) 1% 34% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8526) 1% 33% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8566) 1% 33% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 35% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 1% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 1% 34% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 36% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
AmazonUS $3892 years
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 32% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2968) 1% 36% ± 0%
Device(1B4C 116F) 0% 34% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1962) 0% 33% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8543) 0% 33% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3968) 0% 36% ± 1%
MSI(1462 8C91) 0% 32% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2378) 0% 32% ± 1%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 33% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 0% 35% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3692) 0% 34% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8562) 0% 32% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 10%
Tree trunk

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 Comments

Added 7 years ago.

Liked

13 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

3 months ago.

Хорошая производительность за свои деньги


Excellent

10 days ago.

worst gpu ever. but i still use it


Excellent

3 months ago.

cheap price for quite good performance


Poor

7 months ago.

all games are playable above 30fps sometimes 60fps


Good

11 days ago.

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


Poor

3 months ago.

bc i use this i can even use shader with this


Poor

23 hrs ago.

Hi! Bro, I love it this graphics card this is one of these graphics cards You play latest games on 1080p high settings and also on max settings that is entry level GPU for gaming and that is really best GPU for gaming and editing


Poor

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

22 days ago.

8 years with it and its still a beast. runs mw2 on 60 frams medium settings


Good

1 month ago.

getting really bad fps on modern games


Good

7 years ago.


Average

21 months ago.

MSI Twin Frozr version works amazing


Good

18 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


Good

3 years ago.

It used to have the same value as the 1060


Excellent

2 years 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

5 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

4 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

6 years ago.

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


Good

4 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

2 years 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

3 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

4 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

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Average

14 months ago.

had this since it came out. it held up.


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