GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 6950 vs 960 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 Radeon HD 6950

Reasons to consider the
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950

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Much better 3DMark06 score 19,760 vs 10,767.5 Around 85% better 3DMark06 score
Higher memory bandwidth 166.4 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s Around 50% higher memory bandwidth
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
More shading units 1,408 vs 1,024 384 more shading units
More texture mapping units 88 vs 64 24 more texture mapping units
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 5,240 More than 6.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Better PassMark score 5,813 vs 3,192 More than 80% better PassMark score
Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 32,171 vs 20,890 Around 55% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 880 MHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,200 MHz Around 35% higher effective memory clock speed
Much higher battlefield 3 framerate 80 vs 30 Around 2.8x higher battlefield 3 framerate
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,300 MHz Around 35% higher memory clock speed
Better T-Rex score 3.92 frames/s vs 1.66 frames/s More than 2.2x better T-Rex score
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 1,261 Around 2.5x better PassMark direct compute score
Slightly higher pixel rate 36.1 GPixel/s vs 28.16 GPixel/s Around 30% higher pixel rate
Better cloud gate factor score 20.16 vs 18.8 More than 5% better cloud gate factor score
Lower TDP 120W vs 200W 40% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 6950 vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6950
251.55 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6950
17.01 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6950
900.42 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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