NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 960 graphics card is finally official. The mid-range card is quite an impressive beast and offer fantastic value for money to gamers looking for a capable GPU in a budget that allows them to play games in 1080p resolution at 60fps.
The GeForce GTX 960 is based on the latest Maxwell architecture and is built on the new GM206 GPU using a 28nm manufacturing process. It features 1,024 CUDA cores, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs and comes with 128-bit memory interface with 2GB of RAM. The card has a clock speed of 1127MHz and can clock up to 1178MHz under maximum boost. Despite the impressive specifications, NVIDIA has managed to lower the power requirement with the new card as it now comes with a TDP of just 120W, allowing it to be connected to a single 6-pin PCI-e slot. According to NVIDIA, the GTX 960 is twice as power efficient as the GTX 660 GPU running at 140W. Another neat trick that NVIDIA includes with the new GPU is the ability to control its fans when under low load. When gaming at 1080p resolution at 60fps, the card can make do with just 30W of power.
Based on preliminary benchmarks, the GTX 960 offers decent improvements over the GTX 760 card and matches the performance of the AMD R9 290X in most games. However, its higher power efficiency does give it an advantage over the AMD offering. It also runs a significantly cooler than the AMD R290X and the other more powerful GPUs from NVIDIA.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 will be available for $199 in the US and some of the GTX 960 products that have been announced so far are the EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC, Asus Strix GTX960-DC20C and the Zotac GTX 960 Amp Edition. No confirmed info on availability outside of the US yet but we expect it to be available in all major markets soon.