GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 960 vs 550 Ti 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

7.1

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960  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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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,987 vs 15,553 More than 2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Much better 3DMark vantage graphics score 32,171 vs 9,923 Around 3.2x better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Significantly better PassMark score 5,813 vs 1,926 More than 3x better PassMark score
Significantly better 3DMark06 score 10,767.5 vs 2,272 Around 4.8x better 3DMark06 score
Much higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 4,104 MHz More than 70% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Better floating-point performance 2,308.1 GFLOPS vs 691.2 GFLOPS More than 3.2x better floating-point performance
Higher pixel rate 36.1 GPixel/s vs 7.2 GPixel/s More than 5x higher pixel rate
Much better cloud gate factor score 20.16 vs 13.73 More than 45% better cloud gate factor score
Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 80 vs 47 More than 70% higher battlefield 3 framerate
More memory 2,048 MB vs 1,024 MB 2x more memory
Higher texture rate 72.1 GTexel/s vs 28.8 GTexel/s More than 2.5x higher texture rate
Much higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,026 MHz More than 70% higher memory clock speed
More shading units 1,024 vs 192 832 more shading units
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 822 Around 3.8x better PassMark direct compute score
Slightly higher memory bandwidth 112.2 GB/s vs 98.5 GB/s Around 15% higher memory bandwidth
More texture mapping units 64 vs 32 Twice as many texture mapping units
More render output processors 32 vs 24 8 more render output processors
Better bitcoin mining score 111.95 mHash/s vs 44.07 mHash/s More than 2.5x better bitcoin mining score
Front view of GeForce GTX 550 Ti

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti

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Wider memory bus 192 bit vs 128 bit 50% wider memory bus

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 960 vs 550 Ti

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
44.07 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
16.59 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
547.8 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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