GeForce GTX 960 

Released January, 2015
  • 1.1 GHz
  • 2 GB GDDR5
7.5 Out of 10

Explore 40 desktops with the GeForce GTX 960
Gigabyte has crammed three DisplayPorts, two DVI ports, and an HDMI port onto their board, which is more than anyone else.
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In this article, we are reviewing the Palit GTX 960 Super JetStream, which is the highest clocked GTX 960 that we are reviewing today.
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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 960 among Desktop GPUs for under $200

Gaming

GeForce GTX 960
8.1
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

GeForce GTX 960
9.6
T-Rex, Manhattan and Cloud Gate Factor

Computing

GeForce GTX 960
6.9
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

GeForce GTX 960
7.4
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 30 more

Value

GeForce GTX 960
5.3
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 30 more

Noise and Power

GeForce GTX 960
6.6
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.5

Overall Score

GeForce GTX 960
7.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the GeForce GTX 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

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

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

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

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

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

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

GeForce GTX 960
57.28

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

GeForce GTX 960
360.02

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

GeForce GTX 960
19.87

Thief

GeForce GTX 960
50.6

Battlefield 4

GeForce GTX 960
58

Reviews Word on the street for the GeForce GTX 960


9.0
Using an automatic TMDS switch chip on the board, you may run 2x DVI, 1x DP and 1x HDMI or 3x DP, 1x DVI and 1x HDMI at the same time.

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Performance

Since most NVIDIA add-in card (AIC) partners don't have reference-design cards, we simply picked two of the best cards we have with us, lowered their clocks to match NVIDIA reference specs, and put them through our test-bench.
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With such high clocks, the GTX 960 G1 Gaming achieves an 8% performance increase over reference, which is bigger than any other GTX 960 we tested so far.
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I like Gigabyte's move to increase Boost clocks so much, as it provides extra performance that most other GTX 960 cards won't reach.
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Applications

One of the oldest and most engaging game franchises, Tomb Raider deserves to be reimagined to fully make use of the current generation of gaming hardware.
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All by itself, the GTX 960 SLI is a cracker of a combination, and we see performance upscale in excess of 80 percent in games that take advantage of SLI, at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.
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GPU Temperature ComparisonIdleLoadGigabyte GTX 960 OC32°C65°CGigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming38°C67°CMSI GTX 960 Gaming45°C63°CASUS GTX 960 STRIX42°C60°CEVGA GTX 960 SSC40°C71°CPalit GTX 960 Super Jetstream35°C67°C Important: GPU temperature will vary depending on clock speed, voltage settings, cooler design, and production variances.
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Gaming

World of Warcraft is the most successful massively multiplayer online game in the world, with far over 10 million monthly subscribers.
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While the game doesn't introduce any revolutionary new concepts, it's welcome new food for lovers of the genre.
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Second, those who want to convert their vanilla desktops to gaming PCs, and game on their Full HD TVs.
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Power

NVIDIA has clearly transferred some of the cost-savings from a smaller chip with lower power-draw translating into a cheaper VRM, fewer memory chips, and a lighter cooler, over to the consumers.
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NVIDIA has clearly transferred some of the cost-savings due to a smaller chip with lower power-draw, which translates into a cheaper VRM, fewer memory chips, and a lighter cooler, to the consumers.
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This configuration is specified for up to 225 W power draw.
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Memory

With NVIDIA's memory bandwidth management sauce added to the mix, the company is talking about an unscientific "effective bandwidth" figure of around 144 GB/s..
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Don't be quick to write off the 128-bit memory bus width just yet, because NVIDIA is backing it with a new lossless texture compression technology that reduces memory bandwidth usage, effectively making it a wider memory bus than it physically is.
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Don't be quick to write off the 128-bit memory bus width just yet as NVIDIA is backing it with a new lossless texture compression technology that reduces memory bandwidth usage, effectively making it a wider memory bus than it physically is.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand Nvidia
GPU name GM206
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,127 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card None

raw performance

Shading units 1,024
Texture mapping units 64
Render output processors 32
Pixel rate 36.1 GPixel/s
Texture rate 72.1 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 2,308.1 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,753 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz
Memory bus 128 bit
Memory 2,048 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 112.2 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 120W
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i have to say after owning this card it overclocks well i got it up to 1494mgz stable and it plays anything i want at 4k
Yeah, I had 2x 760's, they were a bit faster then the GTX 960's in firestrike benchmark, but mine were overclocked. I'd say stock for stock they are pretty much the same, but a game that requires high memory bandwidth will perform slightly better on the 760.
No problem at all. I was really frustrated and this was the first game I played with my gtx 960, so I thought it was busted. Little did I know that it was the game itself that was poorly optimised.
Holy shit man thank you very much!
http://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/92/ - makes a HUGE difference.
Woah woah woah, could you post the link? I've had the 960 for about 3 months now and never heard about the shadow mapping patch.
Really well! All the settings can be on high. You'll get 55-60fps all the time. BUT you do need to download a third-party patch because the shadow mapping fucks with the cards, really slowing it down in towns.
thank mine comes in tomorrow from new egg the 4gb addition any idea how it will run fallout 4?
Have had the 4GB GTX 960 for 6 months now. Every single game I've thrown at it gets 60fps at 1080p at max to high. Highly recommended.
For some reason the fact that a 760 can get almost double the FPS of a 960 smells like pure bs...
I get that in the end the 960 is still the better GPU, why did they downgrade the memory bandwidth throughout the generations so significantly? I mean it's clear that it's not unimportant when some games (e.g. Crisis 3) have there system requirements based off the amount of memory bandwidth..
You stupid? The 760 has a Wider Memory Bus and has more Texture Mapping Units.
960 gets worse FPS in Crysis 3 than a 760..? What?
The 960 is a budget gamingcard you can buy this or the r9 280x
Is this the best budget gpu or what should I get?
a little more being like $120 where i live
this is coming from a 7970 owner
300watt tdp. Cool story bro.
I would just pay a little more and get a dirt cheap 290
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