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 30.18 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 960's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
52.31
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM206
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
22 January 2015
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$199
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$229.99
 
of 4095.95 (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
 
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)
 
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 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
 
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
12.0 (12_1)
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
of 4.6

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
30.14
 
 
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
5803
 
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 (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
0.25
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
143
 
medium / 768p
127
 
high / 1080p
74
 
ultra / 1080p
68
 
4k / 2160p
22
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
115
 
medium / 1080p
60
 
high / 1080p
53
 
ultra / 1080p
37
 
4k / 2160p
16
 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
low / 720p
160
 
medium / 768p
112
 
high / 1080p
56
 
ultra / 1080p
50
 
4k / 2160p
17
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
267
 
medium / 768p
207
 
high / 1080p
116
 
ultra / 1080p
67
 
4k / 2160p
39
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
113
 
medium / 768p
71
 
high / 1080p
44
 
ultra / 1080p
36
 
4k / 2160p
17
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
123
 
medium / 768p
92
 
high / 1080p
45
 
ultra / 1080p
34
 
4k / 2160p
17
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
90
 
medium / 1080p
57
 
high / 1080p
36
 
ultra / 1080p
17
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
164
 
medium / 768p
103
 
high / 1080p
57
 
ultra / 1080p
45
 
4k / 2160p
19
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
147
 
medium / 768p
146
 
high / 1080p
70
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
98
 
medium / 768p
94
 
high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
53
 
4k / 2160p
22
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
249
 
medium / 768p
164
 
high / 1080p
90
 
ultra / 1080p
65
 
4k / 2160p
27
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
143
 
medium / 768p
87
 
high / 1080p
50
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
114
 
medium / 768p
112
 
high / 1080p
66
 
ultra / 1080p
50
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
179
 
medium / 768p
141
 
high / 1080p
107
 
ultra / 1080p
98
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
199
 
medium / 768p
193
 
high / 768p
148
 
ultra / 1080p
58
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
140
 
medium / 768p
124
 
high / 768p
92
 
ultra / 1080p
36
 
Dota 2 (2013)
low / 768p
118
 
medium / 768p
118
 
ultra / 1080p
117
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
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 280, which is faster by 2% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

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