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 2.0 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 29.77 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 960's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
44.86
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM206
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
22 January 2015
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$199
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price now
$257
 
of 10560 (Quadro GV100)

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
 
of 1620 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
 
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Transistor count
2,940 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 7
Power consumption (TDP)
120 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
72 billion / sec
 
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)
 
Recommended system power (PSU)
400 Watt
 
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pins
 
SLI options
2x
 

Memory

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
 
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
of 14000
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
 
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.
GameStream
+
 
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
GPU Boost
2.0
 
GameWorks
+
 
CUDA
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 960, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (12_1)
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
of 4.6
Vulkan
+
 

Benchmark 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

29.77

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

310860

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

49918

3DMark Fire Strike Score

6699

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

7916

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

10768

3DMark Vantage Performance

30751

Unigine Heaven 4.0

866

Passmark

5818

Octane Render OctaneBench

48

Mining hashrates

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

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 960 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

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 Ellesmere, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

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