GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 6990 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 6990

Reasons to consider the
Diamond Radeon HD 6990

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Is dual GPU Yes vs No About half of graphics cards are dual GPU
Much better 3DMark06 score 30,500 vs 10,767.5 More than 2.8x better 3DMark06 score
Much higher memory bandwidth 320 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s More than 2.8x higher memory bandwidth
Significantly better floating-point performance 5,099.6 GFLOPS vs 2,308.1 GFLOPS Around 2.2x better floating-point performance
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Significantly higher texture rate 159.4 GTexel/s vs 72.1 GTexel/s Around 2.2x higher texture rate
Many more shading units 3,072 vs 1,024 Three times as many shading units
Many more texture mapping units 192 vs 64 Three times as many texture mapping units
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Much wider memory bus 512 bit vs 128 bit 4x wider memory bus
Higher pixel rate 53.12 GPixel/s vs 36.1 GPixel/s More than 45% higher pixel rate
Better cloud gate factor score 21.43 vs 20.16 More than 5% better cloud gate factor score
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 10,630 More than 3x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly better PassMark score 5,813 vs 2,844 More than 2x better PassMark score
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 830 MHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,000 MHz More than 40% higher effective memory clock speed
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 32,171 vs 27,760 More than 15% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,250 MHz More than 40% higher memory clock speed
Better T-Rex score 3.92 frames/s vs 1.76 frames/s Around 2.2x better T-Rex score
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 1,255 Around 2.5x better PassMark direct compute score
Much lower TDP 120W vs 375W 3.1x lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 6990 vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6990
265.3 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6990
17.28 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6990
840.45 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6990
264.29 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 960
710.39 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 6990
1.76 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
3.92 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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