GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 960 vs 1080 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

8.7

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080  based on its benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 960

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,251 MHz More than 40% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 120W vs 180W Around 35% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 1080

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

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Much better PassMark score 11,994 vs 5,813 More than 2x better PassMark score
Much better floating-point performance 8,228 GFLOPS vs 2,308.1 GFLOPS More than 3.5x better floating-point performance
Much more memory 8,192 MB vs 2,048 MB 4x more memory
Significantly higher clock speed 1,607 MHz vs 1,127 MHz Around 45% higher clock speed
Much higher effective memory clock speed 10,008 MHz vs 7,012 MHz Around 45% higher effective memory clock speed
Much higher texture rate 257.1 GTexel/s vs 72.1 GTexel/s More than 3.5x higher texture rate
Much higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s 2x higher memory bandwidth
Much higher pixel rate 102.8 GPixel/s vs 36.1 GPixel/s More than 2.8x higher pixel rate
Many more shading units 2,560 vs 1,024 1536 more shading units
Many more texture mapping units 160 vs 64 96 more texture mapping units
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 1,733 MHz vs 1,178 MHz More than 45% higher turbo clock speed
Much better PassMark direct compute score 8,106 vs 3,046 Around 2.8x better PassMark direct compute score
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Much better face detection score 143.9 mPixels/s vs 69.13 mPixels/s More than 2x better face detection score
Much higher metro: last light framerate 131.6 vs 56.8 More than 2.2x higher metro: last light framerate
Significantly better cloud gate factor score 26.05 vs 20.16 Around 30% better cloud gate factor score
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 960 vs 1080

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1080
755 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1080
143.9 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1080
2,733.78 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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