Average Bench: 40.4% (79th of 611)

Based on 204,280 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 59.6% 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

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 960 is just 10.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Nvidia GTX 960 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. High dynamic range lighting (Teapot) 112fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 80.6fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 204,280 samples)
Min Avg Max
107 Lighting 134 150
93.9 Reflection 112 123
98.6 Parallax 124 143
40.3% 123 fps
Min Avg Max
71.6 MRender 81 86.2
106 Gravity 119 131
69.9 Splatting 80.6 89
40.5% 93.5 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 419.35
Lighting 148
Reflection 121
Parallax 132
44% 134 fps
MRender 82.7
Gravity 127
Splatting 87
43% 98.9 fps
CLim: 1544 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 419.35
Lighting 145
Reflection 120
Parallax 130
43% 131 fps
MRender 82.9
Gravity 126
Splatting 85.7
43% 98.4 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 142
Reflection 113
Parallax 141
44% 132 fps
MRender 83
Gravity 122
Splatting 83.1
42% 96 fps
CLim: 1519 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 419.35
Lighting 135
Reflection 114
Parallax 124
40% 124 fps
MRender 83
Gravity 118
Splatting 82.3
41% 94.5 fps
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2GB
CLim: 1569 MHz, MLim: 1831 MHz, Ram: 2GB, Driver: 419.35
Lighting 123
Reflection 105
Parallax 118
37% 115 fps
MRender 76.5
Gravity 115
Splatting 78.5
39% 89.9 fps
204,280 MORE »

 Game FPS Estimates

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

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: 140 fps PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: 37 fps Fortnite: 64 fps Grand Theft Auto V: 42 fps League of Legends: 133 fps Overwatch: 70 fps Battlefield 1: 48 fps The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: 37 fps DOTA 2: 84 fps World of Warcraft: 53 fps World of Tanks: 65 fps Battlefield 4: 59 fps

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 15,541,099 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 204,280 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $200 @ launch in Jan '15)
MSI(1462 3202) 12% 41% ± 4%
MSI GTX 960 2GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 2G
MSI GTX 960 4GB Gaming
GTX 960 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8520) 9% 41% ± 3%
ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5
AmazonUS $3355 months
MSI(1462 3201) 7% 41% ± 2%
MSI(1462 3205) 7% 40% ± 2%
Asus(1043 854D) 5% 41% ± 3%
ASUS GTX 960 4GB STRIX
STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-4GD5
Nvidia(10DE 1138) 4% 38% ± 10%
EVGA(3842 2966) 4% 42% ± 5%
EVGA GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+
02G-P4-2966-KR
Gigabyte(1458 368F) 3% 42% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3967) 3% 42% ± 5%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0 Backplate
04G-P4-3967-KR
AmazonUS $23010 months
OutletPCUS $2882 years
EbayUS $39925 mins
Gigabyte(1458 36BE) 3% 39% ± 3%
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB Windforce 2X
GV-N960WF2OC-2GD
AmazonUS $1985 months
Gigabyte GTX 960 2GB OC
GV-N960OC-4GD
EVGA(3842 3966) 3% 43% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2968) 3% 41% ± 7%
Gigabyte(1458 36C1) 2% 41% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 3690) 2% 40% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 1375) 2% 41% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 1401) 2% 37% ± 11%
EVGA(3842 2962) 2% 39% ± 4%
Asus(1043 8561) 1% 40% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 1962) 1% 41% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2375) 1% 38% ± 9%
Gigabyte(1458 36AA) 1% 41% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36AE) 1% 42% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1138) 1% 42% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36AC) 1% 41% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 368E) 1% 43% ± 1%
Gainward(10B0 1401) 1% 41% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8528) 1% 39% ± 7%
MSI(1462 3200) 1% 38% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 3969) 1% 39% ± 9%
EVGA GTX 960 4GB FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3969-KR
AmazonUS $25214 months
OutletPCUS $3082 years
Asus(1043 8678) 1% 39% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3968) 1% 44% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8521) 1% 38% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 116F) 1% 40% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36C2) 1% 45% ± 4%
Asus(1043 854E) 1% 39% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8537) 1% 41% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3691) 1% 36% ± 8%
MSI(1462 320B) 0% 40% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8543) 0% 40% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B4D) 0% 40% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36BD) 0% 41% ± 1%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 10% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8529) 0% 39% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8563) 0% 35% ± 7%
Zotac(19DA 1385) 0% 41% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3203) 0% 39% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3962) 0% 32% ± 14%
Gigabyte(1458 36AD) 0% 42% ± 4%
MSI(1462 8C91) 0% 40% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3692) 0% 40% ± 4%
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Gaming
Gaming 39%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 54%
Yacht
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat

Motherboard: MSI 970 GAMING (MS-7693) - $102

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $414

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 Comments

Added 4 years ago.

Excellent

2 days ago.

Its an amazing budget card

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

5 days ago.

Its a good medium 1080p gaming graphics card


Excellent

3 days ago.

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Poor

15 days ago.

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


Poor

1 day ago.

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


Excellent

30 days ago.

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


Good

9 days ago.

It used to run great, but since it was a budget card back in the day now it struggles on many games. It doesn't have the best lifespan.


Good

16 days ago.

I have one and this is awesome


Good

5 months ago.

Very good Graphics card Great for new games at 1080p high settings I recommend it!


Average

17 days ago.

its a great graphics card for ppl who have poor money


Poor

8 months ago.

ii looooveeee thaaaaaaaaaaat 69


Good

4 years ago.


Terrible

18 months ago.

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


Average

11 months ago.

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


Very good

21 months 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

12 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

10 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

11 days 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

10 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

16 months ago.

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


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 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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