GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 285 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 R9 285

Reasons to consider the
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Higher memory bandwidth 176 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s More than 55% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 3,290 GFLOPS vs 2,308.1 GFLOPS Around 45% better floating-point performance
More shading units 1,792 vs 1,024 768 more shading units
More texture mapping units 112 vs 64 48 more texture mapping units
Higher texture rate 102.8 GTexel/s vs 72.1 GTexel/s Around 45% higher texture rate
Better T-Rex score 6.37 frames/s vs 3.92 frames/s Around 65% better T-Rex score
Front view of GeForce GTX 960

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 918 MHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,500 MHz More than 25% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz vs 1,000 MHz Around 20% higher turbo clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,375 MHz More than 25% higher memory clock speed
Better fire strike factor score 57.4 vs 50.84 Around 15% better fire strike factor score
Better PassMark direct compute score 3,046 vs 2,442 Around 25% better PassMark direct compute score
Significantly lower TDP 120W vs 190W More than 35% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 285 vs GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 285
390.89 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 285
72.59 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 285
1,473.77 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 285
485.38 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 960
710.39 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 285
6.37 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

Reviews Word on the street

Radeon R9 285  vs GeForce GTX 960 

8.0
9.0
Gigabyte has crammed three DisplayPorts, two DVI ports, and an HDMI port onto their board, which is more than anyone else.
GeForce GTX 960

Comments

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I bought the EVGA 960 SSC due to it runs cooler and uses less power than the AMD. The rig I built was going to be used in my truck. My HP AMD laptop ran really hot and was due for an upgrade. Now I have decided and built a rig that would fit in my truck easier (I7 6700K with 1060 in a Silverstone case). I may upgrade my 960 rig with something else. Haven't yet decided. But I am thinking about the 1070 since they are coming available.
some times the 960 is better and some times the r9 285 is better i would go for the 960 because of the lower price for the performence
... No dude the 7970 is slightly slower than the R9 280X, do you know what else is slightly slower than the the R9 280X?? A GTX 960. The GTX 960 at stock speeds is as fast as the HD 7970. My GTX 960 runs with 4GBs of GDDR5 and with a core clock of 1505 MHz. I'd return my 960 if it wasn't faster than the top tier card from 2 years ago (Also my 960 is also faster than the GTX 680 which was faster than the 7970 so I don't see why the 7970 is relevant after all these years)
It wasn't. I got rid of my Bottleneck and some reason I get like 60-70 FPS on most maps and like 52 FPS average while flying around the hugest maps. Specs: Intel Core i5-6500 @3.5 GHz G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GB DDR4-2400MHz Ram EVGA GeForce GTX 960 FTW 4GB @1505 MHz
No no. But yeah possibly better FPS on the 285, but my 960 had the edge. And OC power is always a factor.
And it is interesting whether Mantle was used during test.
Nvidia wins again. No way AMD can win with its non-X cards xD
I have a R9 285 X with a 3.6Ghz I3 socket 1150 16GB of RAM, and the GPU cost £108.00 delivered, who care if it runs a bit hot? Sniper 3 average FPS on maximum 1080p with everything maxed is 94.3 with a maximum FPS of 141.0 on my 42" plasma screen (600Hrz refresh rate HDMI) so the card works its nuts off, and don't believe the hype, its not too hot or too loud. R9 285 x is bang for buck a monster card, please buy a good PSU! What do the other 2GB of RAM do in the NVIDIA card then? Sod all that's what. The R9 285 X has higher floating point, more shader units and more texture units, this equates to more quality in the frames displayed if not a higher rate. The NVIDIA is a cracking card all he same, and I would not say no if I was given one - the games on Windows 10 and the new direct X will decide the future, current games often cannot use more than 3GB of RAM so keep that in mind also.
DX12 on the Fury X?
DX12 on the titan X, better than a supercomputer. Checkmate, kid.
JAJAJAA, in your dreams, the 7970 is better than a gtx 960
And nvidia drivers are so perfect that they burn cards XD
No-one's talking about True Audio here... That's kind of the reason the R9 285 exists. As far as frame-rates go: the 960 can be about 5% more expensive before the 285 makes more sense if dollars per FPS are important. If TrueAudio is your thing than go R9 285 all the way; it still has to pick up steam though. And BTW 4 gigs on cards like these make no sense whatsoever.
The 285 will play more games at 1080p at higher frame rates. Even the 970 struggles with GTA V at 1080p on highest settings, let alone the 960.
whats the best for 1080p gaming from these cards ? amd has powerhouse , bandwith 256bit memory , more flops more processors , nvidia has more gpixels and highter clocks so what's better for smooth 1080p gaming?
"GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 based on its noise and power." LOL, out of everything on this page, it chooses something as mundane as this.
Oh, sorry. Thanks
AMD drivers suck, suck, and suck.*
? My 960 FTW 4GB destroys the 7970 in all benchmarks.
No they cost around $195 in the US. You're talking about 4GB 960 if you think a 960 costs $250.
960. Less power and more efficient memory.
Yeah buying a 960 4GB on Sale was the best decision I've ever made.
More or less.
Nope. I own a 960 4GB and I get better performance than any 285 out there on 1080p and 1440p.
Wrong everywhere I've seen 960 beats 285.
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