NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti vs 960

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
43.73
 
61.66
Architecture
Pascal
 
Maxwell 2.0
Code name
GP107
 
GM206
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
25 October 2016
 
22 January 2015
Launch price (MSRP)
$139
 
$199
Price now
$171
 
$113

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
768
 
1024
CUDA cores
768
 
1024
Core clock speed
1291 MHz
 
1127 MHz
Boost Clock
1392 MHz
 
1178 MHz
Transistor count
3,300 million
 
2,940 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
 
120 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
97 °C
 
no data
Texture fill rate
66.82
 
72 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
2,138 gflops
 
2,413 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
no data
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
145 mm
 
9.5" (24.1 cm)
Height
no data
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
no data
 
400 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
1x 6-pins
SLI options
-
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
7008 MHz
 
7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
112 GB/s
 
112 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
no data
 
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support
no data
 
4 displays
HDCP
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
no data
 
2048x1536
G-SYNC support
+
 
+
Audio input for HDMI
no data
 
Internal

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
+
GameStream
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
no data
 
+
GameWorks
-
 
+
VR Ready
+
 
no data
CUDA
+
 
+
GeForce Experience
no data
 
+
Surround
no data
 
+
Multi-Projection
+
 
no data
Multi Monitor
+
 
no data
Ansel
+
 
no data
Adaptive Vertical Sync
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
12 (12_1)
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.4
Vulkan
+
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 1050 Ti 29.57 +7.3%
GTX 960 27.55

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 1050 Ti 352876 +13.5%
GTX 960 310860

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 1050 Ti 50939 +2%
GTX 960 49918

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1050 Ti 6816 +1.7%
GTX 960 6699

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 1050 Ti 7485
GTX 960 7916 +5.8%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 1050 Ti 9453
GTX 960 10768 +13.9%

Passmark

GTX 1050 Ti 6401 +7.3%
GTX 960 5964

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 +0%
 
4541 +0%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 +0%
 
4541 +0%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
326 Mh/s +2.5%
 
318 Mh/s −2.5%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.01 Gh/s +9.8%
 
0.92 Gh/s −9.8%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
12.62 Mh/s +57.8%
 
8 Mh/s −57.8%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.3 kh/s +11.1%
 
0.27 kh/s −11.1%
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
156.48 Sol/s +10.6%
 
141.47 Sol/s −10.6%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 960 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti

7.3% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (25 October 2016 vs 22 January 2015)
Cheaper ($139 vs $199)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (75 vs 120 watts)
Multi-Projection
VR Ready
Multi Monitor
Ansel

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960

More pipelines (1024 vs 768)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Surround
NVIDIA GameStream
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
H.265 Decoder/Encoder
SLIOptions
HDCP
NVIDIAGameStreamReady
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GameWorks

Conclusion

GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 960 are performing more or less on par, depending on the game. We recommend 1050 Ti, as it is based on newer core and consuming less power. If you manage to find a 960 for a nice price, you might want to buy it instead.

Video comparisons of 1050 Ti vs 960 gaming performance:

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