NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 960 sales 22 January 2015 at a recommended price of $199 . This is Maxwell architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7.0 GB/s are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 112 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 9.5" (24.1 cm). 1x 6-pins power connector is required, and power consumption is at 120 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 32.20 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 960's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
41.44
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Code name
GM206
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
22 January 2015
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$199
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$229.99
 
of 4762.99 (Quadro P6000)

Technical specs

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 960's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1024
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
CUDA cores
1024
 
Core clock speed
1127 MHz
 
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
 
Transistor count
2,940 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
120 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
72 billion/sec
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
2,413 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 960's 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
PCI Express 3.0
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
9.5" (24.1 cm)
 
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
Width
2-slot
 
Recommended system power (PSU)
400 Watt
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pins
 
SLI options
2x
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on 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
 
Maximum RAM amount
2 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
of 11408 (TITAN Xp)
Memory bandwidth
112 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 960.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
HDCP
+
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
G-SYNC support
+
 
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by 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
+
 
GameWorks
+
 
CUDA
+
 
SLI
+
 
GeForce Experience
+
 
Surround
+
 
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 960, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12
 
OpenGL
4.4
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 960. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
32.09
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
310860.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
49917.50
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6698.50
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
7915.50
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
10767.50
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
30751.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
5151.51
 
 
Unigine Heaven 4.0
866
 
 
Passmark
5804
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
7740
 
 
Octane Render OctaneBench
48
 
 

Mining hashrate

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 960. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
318 Mh/s
 
 
Decred / DCR (Decred)
0.92 Gh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
8 Mh/s
 
 
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.27 kh/s
 
 
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
141.47 Sol/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 960 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.37
 
 
Games can run, %
At minimum settings
100
At recommended settings
89.03
New games support
84
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
142.80
 
medium / 768p
126.80
 
high / 1080p
74.00
 
ultra / 1080p
68.00
 
4k / 2160p
21.60
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
115.00
 
medium / 1080p
60.00
 
high / 1080p
53.00
 
ultra / 1080p
37.00
 
4k / 2160p
16.00
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
266.70
 
medium / 768p
206.60
 
high / 1080p
115.70
 
ultra / 1080p
66.90
 
4k / 2160p
38.60
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
112.60
 
medium / 768p
71.30
 
high / 1080p
43.70
 
ultra / 1080p
36.10
 
4k / 2160p
17.00
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
122.60
 
medium / 768p
91.70
 
high / 1080p
45.00
 
ultra / 1080p
33.90
 
4k / 2160p
16.60
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
90.00
 
medium / 1080p
56.90
 
high / 1080p
35.60
 
ultra / 1080p
16.70
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
163.60
 
medium / 768p
103.40
 
high / 1080p
56.70
 
ultra / 1080p
44.80
 
4k / 2160p
18.50
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
147.30
 
medium / 768p
146.10
 
high / 1080p
69.80
 
ultra / 1080p
28.30
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
98.00
 
medium / 768p
94.10
 
high / 1080p
60.30
 
ultra / 1080p
52.60
 
4k / 2160p
21.60
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
248.50
 
medium / 768p
163.60
 
high / 1080p
90.20
 
ultra / 1080p
64.50
 
4k / 2160p
27.20
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
142.80
 
medium / 768p
86.60
 
high / 1080p
49.80
 
ultra / 1080p
27.70
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
113.60
 
medium / 768p
112.20
 
high / 1080p
65.80
 
ultra / 1080p
50.40
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
178.80
 
medium / 768p
141.30
 
high / 1080p
107.00
 
ultra / 1080p
98.30
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
198.80
 
medium / 768p
193.20
 
high / 768p
147.50
 
ultra / 1080p
58.00
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
139.70
 
medium / 768p
123.90
 
high / 768p
91.70
 
ultra / 1080p
36.10
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
484.40
 
medium / 768p
301.20
 
high / 768p
187.50
 
ultra / 1080p
89.10
 

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 960 from AMD is Radeon R9 270X, which is slower by 1% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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