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GeForce GTX 960 vs GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 960 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1127 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which makes use of a 12 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1350 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 4352 SPUs as well as 272 TAUs and 88 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 RTX 2080 Ti 31381 points
GeForce GTX 960 7627 points
Difference: 23754 (311%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 250 Watts
Difference: 130 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti should theoretically be much faster than the GeForce GTX 960 overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 630784 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 518784 (463%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti should be quite a bit (approximately 409%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 960. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 367200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 295072 (409%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 118800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 82736 (229%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 960 GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 2015 September 2018
Code Name GM206 TU102-300A-K1-A1
Memory 2048 MB 11264 MB
Core Speed 1127 MHz 1350 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 112000 MB/sec 630784 MB/sec
Texel Rate 72128 Mtexels/sec 367200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 36064 Mpixels/sec 118800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 4352
Texture Mapping Units 64 272
Render Output Units 32 88
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 128-bit 352-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 12 nm
Transistors 2940 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 960

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