Average Bench: 32.9% (104th of 642)

Based on 301,375 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 67.0% 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) 137fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 121fps

Excellent consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 4.7%. 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) 114fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 127fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 301,375 samples)
Min Avg Max
123 Lighting 137 150
104 Reflection 114 123
113 Parallax 127 143
35.9% 126 fps
Min Avg Max
76.6 MRender 82.5 86.6
111 Gravity 121 130
75.8 Splatting 81.4 88.5
33% 95 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 452.06
Lighting 148
Reflection 119
Parallax 128
39% 132 fps
MRender 80.9
Gravity 123
Splatting 85.9
33% 96.7 fps
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 442.19
Lighting 140
Reflection 116
Parallax 135
37% 130 fps
MRender 81.5
Gravity 123
Splatting 82.7
33% 95.7 fps
Zotac(19DA 1375) 2GB
CLim: 1443 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 456.38
Lighting 136
Reflection 113
Parallax 125
36% 125 fps
MRender 82.7
Gravity 120
Splatting 79.7
33% 94 fps
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 2GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 432.00
Lighting 132
Reflection 111
Parallax 122
35% 122 fps
MRender 84
Gravity 118
Splatting 79.2
32% 93.6 fps
MSI(1462 3201) 2GB
CLim: 1443 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 451.67
Lighting 129
Reflection 110
Parallax 120
34% 120 fps
MRender 73.7
Gravity 115
Splatting 78
31% 88.8 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 33,061,008 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 301,375 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
Asus(1043 8520) 10% 33% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
EbayUS $28717 mins
AmazonUS $6899 months
MSI(1462 3202) 10% 32% ± 2%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
MSI(1462 3201) 7% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 854D) 7% 33% ± 1%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
MSI(1462 3205) 5% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 4% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $19824 months
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
EVGA(3842 2966) 4% 34% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Zotac(19DA 1375) 3% 33% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3967) 3% 34% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
OutletPCUS $2884 years
AmazonUS $3295 months
EbayUS $39914 mins
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 3% 34% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 3% 32% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 2% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 2% 34% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8528) 2% 33% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B4D) 2% 31% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3969) 2% 35% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
OutletPCUS $3084 years
AmazonUS $3899 months
EVGA(3842 3966) 2% 35% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 2% 33% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1138) 2% 33% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2962) 2% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 32% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 1% 33% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2968) 1% 34% ± 1%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 32% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 33% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 1% 34% ± 0%
Sapphire(174B 1376) 1% 31% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8526) 1% 33% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 32% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 34% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 1376) 1% 33% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 1% 34% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 1% 33% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 1% 34% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 0% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8678) 0% 31% ± 1%
Asus(1043 854E) 0% 32% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36C8) 0% 33% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8543) 0% 32% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36B9) 0% 31% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8562) 0% 30% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36D2) 0% 31% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8521) 0% 32% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1961) 0% 32% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 1962) 0% 34% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3962) 0% 33% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3968) 0% 35% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 0000) 0% 31% ± 1%
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Gaming
Gaming 27%
Raft
Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 23%
Surfboard

Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $428

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 Comments

Added 5 years ago.

Good

28 days ago.

breaks quite easily but does well in some new games

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

2 days ago.

zbab


Good

9 days ago.

Хорошая производительность за свои деньги


Excellent

17 days ago.

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


Terrible

1 month ago.

GOOD TURATIONS DON:T TRANCANE


Excellent

13 days ago.

gives actually premium performance in best price


Good

20 days ago.

I'm using this graphics card for last 4 years and it's amazing for mid budget level gaming pc till now


Good

1 month ago.

the bang for your buck value makes me vomit.


Good

5 months ago.

This GPU is awesome because i want it


Good

1 month ago.

I have one and this is awesome


Excellent

2 months ago.

Badest gpu ever made for gaming.


Good

5 years ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

getting really bad fps on modern games


Excellent

4 months ago.

ii looooveeee thaaaaaaaaaaat 69


Average

2 years ago.

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


Terrible

3 years ago.

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


Good

16 months ago.

MSI Twin Frozr version works amazing


Good

2 months ago.

budget top at 2014 . normal is only 4gb version


Good

15 months ago.

It used to have the same value as the 1060


Excellent

4 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.


Very good

3 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

2 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

4 years ago.

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


Good

2 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

21 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.


Excellent

6 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

18 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

2 years ago.

it work


Good

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

24 months ago.

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


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