NVIDIA has announced today its new mid-range graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960,  based on the new silicon Maxwell GM206 core with an area of 294 mm² compresses 2,900 million transistors.

GM206 GPU core on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 is featuring 1024 CUDA Cores, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs (1127/1178 MHz for the mod. Ref.), exactly half the GeForce GTX 980, with these configurations it is the perfect graphics card to play at 1080p resolutions, beyond that will be tough against the limitation of a bus of 128 bits and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory @7.10 GHz, but thanks to new technologies implemented its bandwidth increases by 20%.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 comes to replace the GTX 760 still up 50 euros cheaper than when his predecessor was launched, all with a yield close to the GTX 770 and a starting TDP 120W.

For the greater part of the players the unrivaled thing will move their steps to the retrogressive side is  the 2Gb VRAM and tiny bus width of 128 bits won’t permit it to be a win even at sensible resolutions, for example, 1440p. Furthermore, after accounting for Maxwell’s innovative color compression technologies. Without those, I am certain it would not have possessed the capacity to hit 1080p appropriately either. Likewise, when you contrast it with NVIDIA GTX 760 kepler, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960 will beat it in 1080p determination, however, when you go to the wide territory implies big resolutions than GTX 760 will lead the pack.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 – Specifications

Tech4Gamers GeForce GTX 760 GeForce GTX 960 GeForce GTX 970
GPU Kepler GK104 Maxwell GM206 Maxwell GM204
CUDA Cores 1152 1024 1664
TMU 96 64 104
ROP 32 32 64
Clock Speed 980/1032 MHz 1127/1178 MHz 1050/1178 MHz
Video memory 2 GB GDDR5 256-bit 2 GB GDDR5 128-bit 4 GB GDDR5 256-bit
Memory clock 6008 MHz 7010 MHz 7010 MHz
Memory Bandwidth 192 GB / s 112 GB / s 224 GB / s
Power Connectors 2x 6-pin 6-pin 2x 6-pin
TDP 170 W 120W 148W
Price $ 249 $199 $ 329

Benchmark Courtesy: IGN

Test setup based on 4.0GHz Core i7-4790K in a Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 motherboard with 8GB of DDR3/1600

Test setup based on 4.0GHz Core i7-4790K in a Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 motherboard with 8GB of DDR3/1600

GM206-Block-Diagram

GM206 Block Diagram

 

NVIDIA GTX 960 Reference Design

NVIDIA GTX 960 Reference Design

NVIDIA GTX 960 Reference Design

NVIDIA GTX 960 Reference Design

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