GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 960 vs 950 among Desktop GPUs


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Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

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Overall Score

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

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Better 3DMark06 score 10,767.5 vs 8,351 Around 30% better 3DMark06 score
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 1,024 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Slightly better PassMark score 5,813 vs 5,206 More than 10% better PassMark score
Better floating-point performance 2,308.1 GFLOPS vs 1,572.9 GFLOPS More than 45% better floating-point performance
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 6,612 MHz More than 5% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher texture rate 72.1 GTexel/s vs 49.2 GTexel/s More than 45% higher texture rate
Better cloud gate factor score 20.16 vs 18.45 Around 10% better cloud gate factor score
More shading units 1,024 vs 768 256 more shading units
More texture mapping units 64 vs 48 16 more texture mapping units
Higher crysis 3 framerate 36.1 fps vs 29 fps Around 25% higher crysis 3 framerate
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 75.8 fps vs 63.2 fps Around 20% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Higher thief framerate 50.6 vs 40.4 More than 25% higher thief framerate
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 2,495 More than 20% better PassMark direct compute score
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,653 MHz More than 5% higher memory clock speed
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Better bitcoin mining score 214.87 mHash/s vs 111.95 mHash/s More than 90% better bitcoin mining score
Lower TDP 90W vs 120W 25% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 960 vs 950

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 950
214.87 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 950
60.21 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s
GeForce GTX 950
756.71 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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I have I3 6098p its compatible with GTX950 ??
Depends on the games youre playing. Your CPU is more than powerful enough to run a GTX 960 and if you dont use 2 cards in sli 2GB are enough in pretty much every game(even in gta5)
Do I need 4GBs of memory on my VGA? Specs: CPU: Intel core i7 3770K (Not overclocked) RAM: 2x4GB 1600 DDR3 Motherboard: Asus P8Z77 V and a 20" Samsung monitor and I would run games at 1600x900 resolution (as max) I don't know which one is better for my gaming and CG (3Ds studio max) experience. GTX 950 or GTX 960? And again I don't know which versions to get (2GB or 4GB)? Thanks for your helps
in the You tube vids I saw memory like ddr5 for GPU is used for higher texture resolution like 4k Image. Also if you are using ultra settings on games as AC unity, Syndicates, where environment of game is full with various activity such as crowd, buildings and its little details lots of lights, trees which are all live. So for that purpose u need more ram. Or if you are using 3 screens then ur GPU requires more mem.
I have a Pentium g3258 over clocked to 4.3 GHz. And I have 8 gbs of ram. I just installed the zotac gtx 960 4gb amp edition. I upgraded from a MSI 750.
the mostly modern games use more than 2g , if you already have at least 8g of ram and a quad core cou, yeah its a good buy go for 960 4g ;)
Can someone help me. Is it worth spending the extra 35 dollars on the 960 4gb over the 950 2gb?
finally some good reviews with honest results. I agree the fx 6300 is the sweet spot cpu for gaming in 1080p for sure. pair that baby up with a gtx 960 and its on like donkey kong! 8gb @ 1600mhz is just right too. just make sure you're boot drive is an ssd and there isn't really any software out there that will be much of a challenge for a gaming machine. ive built many pc's amd and intel but those parts are the sweet spot trust me. no need to waste your money on fancy crap. I have fancy crap I also have a machine just like described above. YOU CANT TELL ANY DIFFERENCE AT ALL IN PREFORMANCE. just go with the fx 6300 and gtx 960 and don't look back. they are a perfect couple.
the lines are coming from the power converter in your charger. it might be damaging your machine.
Can someone please explain what is meant by "Better video composition score", the 950 having 71.44 fps vs the 960's 25.99 fps. I'mm looking to build a high performance Photoshop rig, and am not sure as to weather the GTX 960 (£160) is worth the upgrade over the GTX 950 (£140). I doubt the machine will be used for gaming much if at all, but I do want it to be able to last as an efficient and fast Photoshop machine for the next 5+ years.
Personally I like 17" better because I want a bigger display for that expensive gpu but that is personal preference. Also, these are desktop gpu's you wanna look up the 950m v 960m at You'll notice drastically different mem clock/bandwidth speeds in the "differences" section (don't just go by the score on top). I think it is worth it to save for the 960m or 860m (the gpu before also on the Maxwell architecture which is essentially the same thing without the slight overclock).
So what is the difference? Should I buy 17.3 inch laptop with GTX 950 or 15.7 inch GTX 960 laptop?
Bullshit. At higher resolutions, the difference is crucial. This is a 1080p card but the gap between 2 and 4 GB becomes quite noticeable at 1440p even without all the bells and whistles. Maxwell has a very efficient color compression method, so a 128 bus on Maxwell is nearing the performance of a 256 Kepler one. Although a 256 bit bus would really have been a terminator on this card!
Well, that was close.
Thank you. I already tried the updating the driver but nothing happened. So far no progress, I will wait until the holidays are over and then i will send it back.
I know what your problem is. Try updating nvidia drivers (if you haven't already). Also, the reason the power cord disconnection gets rid of the lines is because your laptop automatically switches to Intel HD Graphics when the power is removed. You can edit those settings in the nVidia contol panel and intel control panel.
The increase in performance comes in smoother game play, not so much a big increase in fps. Too, an SLI setup with two 4GB cards work better for 2 and 4K video over 2GB cards. Also, because of the Haswell architecture, the power efficiency of this video card chipset, the 128bit bus is not as limiting as it would be for older cards with the same bit rate.
You must also be aware that it is not that big of a performance boost between 2gb and 4gb for the 960, as its 128bit bus limits it.
Hope they fix that. It has to be electrical interference from something that should not be there, and it might be related to the charger, itself, since that is when it happens. If they can find what is causing it they will be able to fix it. Good luck.
Thank you for the reply. I already bought the Asus f550jx. For now I'm satisfied with it but there's a problem with the GPU or some other hardware problem because when I play a game (it doesn't matter which game) some lines appear during gameplay. It's similar when a TV is starting to lose signal. The weird part is that if I remove the charger the lines disappear, so honestly I have no idea what could cause it but I will send the laptop back soon and hope that they can fix it.
Well, 21 days since you posted, so you've probably bought something already. If I were to go with the ASUS 15.6 F550JX I would go with the 240GB SSD + 16GB RAM model for about $400 more or get the one you are considering but replace the 1T hard drive with a 500ish size SSD (I don't use more than about 140GB of my desktop 240GB SSD, my ONLY storage drive, btw). SSD hard drives are much faster and more energy efficient (great for laptops) and once you've used one you won't use a regular hard drive as your boot drive, ever. Mass storage, yes, but boot, no! However, because the graphic card is only a GTX 950M, I, personally, would spend a little more ($120 more over the above mentioned 240GB SSD model) and get the ASUS Zenbook Pro UX501 15.6" model. It comes with 16GB of RAM, an NVidia GTX960M 2GB video card (2 GB less RAM than the one you are considering, but more powerful video card), and it comes with a 512 GB PCIe (!) SSD, which is very fast, even faster than a regular SATA III SSD, which is what most folks have in their computers. You can check it out here: PS: Ignore the 12GB shown in the product headline. Look down in the specs - it comes with 16GB of RAM. Just a typo by Amazon. Still, if you are on a tight budget, then the one you are considering would probably serve you well. I always consider how long I will be using a computer, which is a long time for me, so I push for more as the use will outweigh the cost for me, personally. Cost might be far more important to you.
Yes, you can. That is the minimum wattage for a GTX 970. Such a power supply also needs a minimum of 28A on the 12V rail. Here's a handy list from the MSI forums that shows the PSU wattage for various video cards: Many older, pre-built consumer models from manufacturers such as Dell, HP, ASUS, etc, use power supplies around 400 watts on their higher end models, which is where the GTX 960 comes in as a great replacement card. My old 2009 model Dell XPS 435T with an i7 940 cpu, for example, has a 475 watt power supply, so I replaced my old GTX 650 Ti 1GB card (an upgrade from a very old original AMD model) with an MSI GTX 960 4GB and can now play my games on very high to max settings, something I could not do before.
You can run a 970 on an 500watt PSU.
How much is it? Can you get 960M? I'd rather go for the 960M if it's $50 more or along the lines...
Hey guys! Can I get your opinion on this laptop? ASUS 15.6'' F550JX, FHD, Procesor Intel® Core™ i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz Haswell, 8GB, 1TB (7200rpm), GeForce GTX 950M 4GB
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