NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
vs
AMD Radeon R9 285

GTX 960 R9 285 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 AMD Radeon R9 285
Price $ 199 $ 249 50 (22%)
Year 2015 2014 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 70C 5 (7%)
Max Fan Noise 40dB 48dB 8.3 (19%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 540W 70 (14%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 43 FPS 46 FPS 3.1 (7%)
Average 1440p Performance 31 FPS 33 FPS 2 (6%)
Average 4K Performance 16 FPS 16 FPS 0.6 (4%)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB 0 (0%)
Overall Combination Score 64/100 66/100 2 (3%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 960 to R9 285 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 960 .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
AMD Radeon R9 285
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Fallout 76
44
36
2018 Forza Horizon 4
38
32
2018 Hitman 2
34
28
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
39
32
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
31
48
2016 Overwatch
60
49
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
36
36
2015 Total War: Attila
30
32
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
49
52
2014 GRID Autosport
71
69
2014 Shadow of Mordor
43
47
2014 The Talos Principle
55
60
2013 Battlefield 4
51
46
2013 Crysis 3
39
41

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
AMD Radeon R9 285
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
32
27
2018 Hitman 2
22
18
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
25
20
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
23
37
2016 Overwatch
41
34
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
22
21
2015 Total War: Attila
18
21
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
32
34
2014 GRID Autosport
53
50
2014 Shadow of Mordor
24
32
2014 The Talos Principle
39
43
2013 Battlefield 4
31
30
2013 Crysis 3
35
35

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
AMD Radeon R9 285
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Forza Horizon 4
21
18
2018 Hitman 2
13
11
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
13
11
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
13
21
2016 Overwatch
21
18

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / Core i7-4790K

With current 2048 MB RAM, the GTX 960 can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. With current 2048 MB RAM, the GTX 960 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. View Current Price List

AMD Radeon R9 285 / Core i7-4770K

For the most part, the R9 285 is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. With current 2048 MB RAM, the R9 285 can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. This combination between R9 285 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 285 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 2048 MB RAM, the R9 285 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. View Current Price List

GTX 960 vs R9 285 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 960 R9 285
Board NumberPG301C766
Length9.5 inches 241 mm8.7 inches 221 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort2x DVI1x HDMI1x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W190 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 960 R9 285
GPU Clock1127 MHz918 MHz
Memory Clock1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective1375 MHz 5500 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 960 R9 285
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 900Volcanic Islands (R9 200)
Launch Price199 USD249 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateJan 22nd, 2015Sep 2nd, 2014

Graphics Features

GTX 960 R9 285
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_0)
OpenCL1.22
OpenGL4.64.5
Shader Model6.16
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 960 R9 285
ArchitectureMaxwell 2.0GCN 3.0
Die Size228 mm²366 mm²
GPU NameGM206Tonga
GPU VariantGM206-300-A1Tonga PRO (215-0851128)
Process Size28 nm28 nm
Transistors2,940 million5,000 million

Memory

GTX 960 R9 285
Bandwidth112.2 GB/s176.0 GB/s
Memory Bus128 bit256 bit
Memory Size2048 MB2048 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 960 R9 285
ROPs3232
Shading Units10241792
TMUs64112

Theoretical Performance

GTX 960 R9 285
FP32 (float) performance2,413 GFLOPS3,290 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance75.39 GFLOPS (1:32)205.6 GFLOPS (1:16)
Pixel Rate37.70 GPixel/s29.38 GPixel/s
Texture Rate75.39 GTexel/s102.8 GTexel/s