GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 960 vs 580 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, compute performance and noise and power.

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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 higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 4,032 MHz Around 75% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,987 vs 24,765 Around 35% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 810 MHz Around 40% higher clock speed
Better 3DMark06 score 10,767.5 vs 6,065 Around 80% better 3DMark06 score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 32,171 vs 24,202.5 Around 35% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better PassMark score 5,813 vs 5,018 More than 15% better PassMark score
Much higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,008 MHz Around 75% higher memory clock speed
Better floating-point performance 2,308.1 GFLOPS vs 1,659 GFLOPS Around 40% better floating-point performance
Higher pixel rate 36.1 GPixel/s vs 25.92 GPixel/s Around 40% higher pixel rate
Significantly higher battlefield 3 framerate 80 vs 65 Around 25% higher battlefield 3 framerate
Higher texture rate 72.1 GTexel/s vs 51.84 GTexel/s Around 40% higher texture rate
More shading units 1,024 vs 512 Twice as many shading units
Better fire strike factor score 57.4 vs 43.53 More than 30% better fire strike factor score
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 1,855 Around 65% better PassMark direct compute score
Significantly lower TDP 120W vs 244W 2x lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 580

Reasons to consider the
SPARKLE GeForce GTX 580

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Significantly higher memory bandwidth 193.5 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s More than 70% higher memory bandwidth
Much wider memory bus 384 bit vs 128 bit 3x wider memory bus
More render output processors 48 vs 32 16 more render output processors

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 960 vs 580

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 580
142.43 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 580
35.72 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s
GeForce GTX 580
1,401.19 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Comments

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Color compression on 960 massively helps the memory bus, it also uses half the power of the 580. 580 is a great card, but 240watts! Jesus!!
Both of you are totally wrong lol. You don't have a clue of what bus width is.
@Tron2014 I totally agree buddy! Such bs! 960 Only has 128 Bit interface vs 580's 384! Once 580 is MAX OC'd it pulls further away! VRAM is basically the same except the speed of the memory, but still, the 580 has almost 200 bandwidth vs the 95 of the 960! NOW WAY THE 960 EVEN BEING NEWER, ARCHITECTURE & DIE SHRINK, ETC STILL DONT MEAN IT IS BETTER! We all know WHAT makes a card FAST! Its not the amount of memory (That only applies in Higher Resolutions, Multi Monitor, etc) but rather how hast that memory speed can be processed which clearly the 580 (Which held the title as the FASTEST GPU for like 2+ YEARS!) ---- I say this because I still rock 2 EVGA GEFORCE GTX 580 SC "SLI" GPU's on my MSI Z77A-GD65 MoBo + i5-3570k GAMING RIG! IM CRUSHING EVERYTHING @ 1080p WHICH IS ALL I CARE FOR & WITH 2 OF THESE IM BEATING MOST 900 SERIES SINGLE CARDS EXCEPT THE 980/980 TI/TITAN, etc. People forget that Older dont mean a part is DONE! Rather, "OLD IS STILL GOLD"!
The same here, you knows exactly, why the is no benchmark with 3d mark 06 and 11. the winner in the real life in all games, is the 580 with good 10-23%. And not this new wreck! Real life power, BABY!
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