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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 is a desktop graphics card of the upper middle class. It is based on the GM206 Maxwell chip that is produced in 28nm. The GTX960 offers 1024 shader cores, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs (no deactivated units of the chip). The graphics memory is usually 2 or 4 GB GDDR5 (7 GHz effective clock) connected with a 128 Bit interface. 

On average the gaming performance is on a level with the AMD Radeon R9 280 and R9 285. Compared to laptop graphics cards, the 960 is slightly faster than a mobile Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M. The 970M offers more shader cores, but at a lower clock speed. The similar named GeForce GTX 960M for notebooks offers only 640 shader cores and a slightly lower core clock. The performance of the GTX 960 should be suffice for most games in full HD resolution. In our benchmarks only GTA 5 and The Witcher 3 achieved below 30 fps on average (see below for detailed benchmarks).

The GM206 supports CUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, GeForce Experience, Surround, GameStream, GPU Boost 2.0, Adaptive Vertical Sync / G-SYNC, SLI, DSR, MFAA and Virtual Reality latency improvements. The GTX 960 also includes a H.265 capable de- and encoder as a first.

The power consumption of the GTX 960 on the desktop without load is around 10 Watt and on a similar level to the AMD counterparts. During gaming the 960 reaches around 85-100 Watt (depending on the model) which is a lot less than e.g. the Radeon R9 285 (around 170 Watt) - source tomshardware.com

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 900 Series
GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop) compare 4096 @ 1126 - 1228 MHz256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 Ti compare 2816 @ 1000 - 1200 MHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 compare 2048 @ 1126 - 1216 MHz256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop) compare 2048 @ 1126 - 1228 MHz256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 970 compare 1664 @ 1050 - 1178 MHz224 + 32 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 960 1024 @ 1127 - 1178 MHz128 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 950 compare 768 @ 1024 - 1188 MHz128 Bit @ 3300 MHz
CodenameGM206
ArchitectureMaxwell
Pipelines1024 - unified
Core Speed1127 - 1178 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed3500 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12
Transistor Count2940 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesCUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, GeForce Experience, Surround, GameStream, GPU Boost 2.0, Adaptive Vertical Sync, G-SYNC, SLI, H.265 Decoder/Encoder
Date of Announcement22.01.2015
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-...

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
35.2 pt (39%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 +
specvp12 snx-02 +
specvp12 showcase-01 +
specvp12 mediacal-01 +
specvp12 maya-04 +
specvp12 energy-01 +
specvp12 creo-01 +
specvp12 catia-04 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1280x720
159.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
111.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
55.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
50  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
17.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
low 1280x720
266.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
206.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
115.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
66.9  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
38.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Doom

Doom

2016
low 1280x720
142.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
126.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
74  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
68  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
21.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
118.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
104.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
68.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
51.6  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
21.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
73.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
71.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
37.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
36  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
18.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
122.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
91.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
45  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
33.9  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
16.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
115  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
60  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
53  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
37  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
16  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
XCOM 2

XCOM 2

2016
low 1280x720
90  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
56.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
35.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
112.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
71.3  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
43.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
36.1  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
17  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.