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 29.88 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 960's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
40.34
 
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
$229.99
 
of 4403.52 (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 (FirePro S9300 X2)
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
 
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 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
112 GB / s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)
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
+
 

Video card 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
29.56
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
5805
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
7740
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.

Fortnite

2018

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 660

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

Overwatch

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum HD Graphics 4400
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Overwatch on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 720p
267
 
medium / 768p
207
 
high / 1080p
116
 
ultra / 1080p
67
 
4k / 2160p
39
 

GTA V

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of GTA V on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
147
 
medium / 768p
146
 
high / 1080p
70
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 

Rainbow Six Siege

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce GTX 460
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rainbow Six Siege on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
249
 
medium / 768p
164
 
high / 1080p
90
 
ultra / 1080p
65
 
4k / 2160p
27
 

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Dota 2

2013

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce 8600 GT

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dota 2 on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
118
 
medium / 768p
118
 
ultra / 1080p
117
 

Counter-Strike: GO

2012

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce 6600

League of Legends

2009

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce 6150
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Minecraft

2009

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum Radeon HD 2400
recommended Radeon HD 5970

Doom

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Doom official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum Radeon HD 7870
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Doom on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 720p
143
 
medium / 768p
127
 
high / 1080p
74
 
ultra / 1080p
68
 
4k / 2160p
22
 

Far Cry Primal

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Far Cry Primal official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum Radeon HD 5770
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Far Cry Primal on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 720p
115
 
medium / 1080p
60
 
high / 1080p
53
 
ultra / 1080p
37
 
4k / 2160p
16
 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Rise of the Tomb Raider official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce GTX 650
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rise of the Tomb Raider on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
113
 
medium / 768p
71
 
high / 1080p
44
 
ultra / 1080p
36
 
4k / 2160p
17
 

The Division

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to The Division official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum Radeon HD 7770
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Division on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 720p
123
 
medium / 768p
92
 
high / 1080p
45
 
ultra / 1080p
34
 
4k / 2160p
17
 

XCOM 2

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to XCOM 2 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum Radeon HD 5770
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of XCOM 2 on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 720p
90
 
medium / 1080p
57
 
high / 1080p
36
 
ultra / 1080p
17
 

Fallout 4

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Fallout 4 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce GTX 550 Ti
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Fallout 4 on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 720p
164
 
medium / 768p
103
 
high / 1080p
57
 
ultra / 1080p
45
 
4k / 2160p
19
 

Just Cause 3

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Just Cause 3 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum Radeon HD 7870
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Just Cause 3 on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
98
 
medium / 768p
94
 
high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
53
 
4k / 2160p
22
 

Star Wars Battlefront

2015

FPS tests

Real world test results of Star Wars Battlefront on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
197
 
medium / 768p
145
 
high / 1080p
70
 
ultra / 1080p
61
 
4k / 2160p
21
 

The Witcher 3

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to The Witcher 3 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 770

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Witcher 3 on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
143
 
medium / 768p
87
 
high / 1080p
50
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 

World of Warships

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to World of Warships official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 550 Ti

FPS tests

Real world test results of World of Warships on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
184
 
medium / 768p
148
 
high / 1080p
125
 
ultra / 1080p
111
 
4k / 2160p
36
 

Dragon Age: Inquisition

2014

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Dragon Age: Inquisition official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dragon Age: Inquisition on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
126
 
medium / 768p
109
 
high / 1080p
58
 
ultra / 1080p
39
 

Far Cry 4

2014

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Far Cry 4 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum Radeon HD 5850
recommended GeForce GTX 680

FPS tests

Real world test results of Far Cry 4 on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
114
 
medium / 768p
112
 
high / 1080p
66
 
ultra / 1080p
50
 

Sims 4

2014

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Sims 4 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce 6600

FPS tests

Real world test results of Sims 4 on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
179
 
medium / 768p
141
 
high / 1080p
107
 
ultra / 1080p
98
 

Battlefield 4

2013

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Battlefield 4 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 4 on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
199
 
medium / 768p
193
 
high / 768p
148
 
ultra / 1080p
58
 

Crysis 3

2013

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Crysis 3 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce GTS 450
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Crysis 3 on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
140
 
medium / 768p
124
 
high / 768p
92
 
ultra / 1080p
36
 

Tomb Raider

2013

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 960 performance compared to Tomb Raider official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 960
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Tomb Raider on GeForce GTX 960.

low / 768p
484
 
medium / 768p
301
 
high / 768p
188
 
ultra / 1080p
89
 

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 285, which is slower by 2% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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