Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 review: extremely efficient Full HD graphics card

Less power hungry, but also faster than the competition?

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Introduction

Nvidia has introduced their new GTX 960 today, with a SRP of around £ 159 / € 209 and meant to allow optimum Full HD resolution gaming. Compared to its predecessors the GTX 760 and 660 the card is not only (a lot) faster according to Nvidia, but also uses a lot less power. This would make it the "overclockers dream card" according to the manufacturer.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960


In the last few days and weeks there has already been a lot of information floating around about the new GTX 960, the only thing that was yet unclear was the actual price the card would get introduced at. It has proven today that the prices that were guessed so far have been way too high, as we have been told that standard cards will cost around £ 159 / € 209 at introduction and the custom cards will only be a bit more expensive than that. That puts the GTX 960 on par with the AMD Radeon R9 280, and this will be our main comparison in the benchmarks we are running for this test.

The GTX 960 is based on the GM206 chip from the Maxwell-generation, basically a smaller and less complex version of the GM204 chip that can be found in the more expensive GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. All possibilities that we discussed in that review like DSR, MFAA and HDMI 2.0 are present in the GM206 chip, as well as a H.265 video-decoder that we will talk about a bit later.

The GeForce GTX 960 is obviously the successor to the GeForce GTX 760, but Nvidia is placing it as a logical upgrade for users that still have a GTX 660 or older card in their system. As there are not many people that buy a graphics card every year this is a logical comparison however as the GTX 660 is more than two years old every comparison with this card looks better than against the GTX 760.

Several manufacturers are introducing their models of the GTX 960 today as well, a review of the cards we have been sent will appear soon on Hardware.info, but we can already disclose that there will be enough choice. . 

In this review we will mainly look at the specification of the new card and the performance of the GTX 960 compared to the direct competition as well as its predecessors.


Product discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB

GM206, 1024 cores, 1126 MHz, 2048 MB, 128 bit, DirectX 12 fl 12_1, PCI-Express 3.0 x16

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