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GeForce GTX 950 vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTX 950 comes with a GPU core speed of 1024 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1652 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 768 SPUs, 48 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 960, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1127 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 960 7627 points
GeForce GTX 950 6536 points
Difference: 1091 (17%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 960 11 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 950 10 Mh/s
Difference: 1 (10%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 950 155 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 960 154 Sol/s
Difference: 1 (1%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 950 90 Watts
GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 960 should theoretically be just a bit better than the GeForce GTX 950 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 950 105728 MB/sec
Difference: 6272 (6%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 is quite a bit (approximately 47%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 950. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 950 49152 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 22976 (47%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 950 32768 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3296 (10%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 950

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 950 GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2015 January 2015
Code Name GM206 GM206
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1024 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 6608 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 105728 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49152 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32768 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 1024
Texture Mapping Units 48 64
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2940 million 2940 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 950

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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