NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
GTX 960 GTX 1060 6GB Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Price $ 89.0 $ 159.0 70 (79%)
Year 2015 2016 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 76C 1 (1%)
Max Fan Noise 40dB 47.1dB 7.1 (18%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 470W 0 (0%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99) Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 38.0 FPS 67.0 FPS 29 (76%)
Average 1440p Performance 27.5 FPS 48.4 FPS 20.9 (76%)
(Ultrawide) Average 1440p Performance 23.4 FPS 41.3 FPS 17.9 (76%)
Average 4K Performance 16.3 FPS 28.8 FPS 12.5 (77%)
Memory 2 GB 6 GB 4 (200%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 5.2 $ 3.8 1.4 (27%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 7.2 $ 5.3 1.9 (26%)
(Ultrawide) 1440p Cost Per Frame $ 8.5 $ 6.2 2.3 (27%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 12.2 $ 8.8 3.4 (28%)
Variant NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Overall Combination Score 64/100 80/100 16 (25%)
Our Verdict: The GTX 1060 6GB is faster by 76% for 1440p gaming.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960

The GTX 970 might be the mid-range flagship of the latest Maxwell 2.0 set of graphics cards, but their prices keep them out of the reach of most entry-level PC gamers. On the other hand, the GTX 960 is closer to being reasonably affordable at a price tag of $ 199. NVIDIA ’s xx60 cards have always been defined by entry-level prices with performance that knocks on the door of mid-range graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the Maxwell 2.0 graphics card inside the GTX 960, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend.

The GTX 960 is much more cheaper than the GTX 760 as it costs $ 199. Compare this to the GTX 760, which came originally at a price of $ 249. Meanwhile, the AMD closest equivalent card is the R9 280 which costs $ 279. Unfortunately, gaming performance was not quite as impressive. Even if the GTX 960 consistently delivers frame rate increases over the GTX 760, the gain is not much to justify an upgrade.

For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Valorant at 74 fps to 74 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 74 fps. For 1440p Quad HD, we were able to play Valorant at 61 fps to 61 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 61 fps.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

The GTX 1070 might be the mid-range flagship of the latest Pascal set of graphics cards, but their prices keep them out of the reach of most entry-level PC gamers. On the other hand, the GTX 1060 6GB is closer to being reasonably affordable at a price tag of $ 254. NVIDIA ’s xx60 cards have always been defined by entry-level prices with performance that knocks on the door of mid-range graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the Pascal graphics card inside the GTX 1060 6GB, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend.

The GTX 1060 6GB is much more expensive than the GTX 960 as it costs a whopping $ 254. Compare this to the GTX 960, which came originally at a price of $ 199. Meanwhile, the AMD closest equivalent card is the RX 580 which costs $ 229. Spec for spec, this GTX 1060 6GB leapfrogs its direct predecessor, the GTX 960, by boasting 2 % more fps.

The GTX 1060 6GB has 6 GB RAM compared to the GTX 960 's 2 GB video memory. In our synthetic benchmarks, the GTX 1060 6GB blows past the GTX 960 and, amazingly, even the GTX 970 as well.

Fortunately, gaming performance was quite impressive. The GTX 1060 6GB consistently delivers great frame rate increases over the GTX 960 and it really justifies an upgrade. For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Hitman 2, Apex Legends, F1 2019, World War Z, Battlefield V at 61 fps to 68 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 65 fps.

For 1440p Quad HD, we were able to play Valorant at 105 fps to 105 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 105 fps. For 2160p 4K, we were able to play Valorant at 91 fps to 91 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 91 fps.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Year Game Frames Per Second
2020 Assassin's Creed Valhalla
15
17.0
26
29.3
2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator
9
11.1
17
19.1
2020 Valorant
66
74.4
115
128.3
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
26
29.2
45
50.3
2020 Death Stranding
30
33.7
52
58.1
2020 Marvel's Avengers
19
21.9
34
37.8
2020 Godfall
29
32.8
50
56.6
2020 Cyberpunk 2077
15
17.0
26
29.3
2019 Apex Legends
32
36.0
56
63.0
2019 Anthem
20
23.2
36
40.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
30
34.0
53
59.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
41
45.7
70
78.8
2019 Metro Exodus
18
20.3
31
35.1
2019 World War Z
33
37.5
61
68.0
2019 Gears of War 5
26
29.6
45
51.1
2019 F1 2019
33
37.2
57
64.1
2019 GreedFall
30
33.4
51
57.7
2019 Borderlands 3
21
23.5
36
40.6
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
40
45.2
70
78.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
15
17.4
27
30.0
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
24
27.3
42
47.2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
34
38.0
63
70.2
2018 Fallout 76
39
44.0
70
78.3
2018 Hitman 2
30
34.0
55
61.2
2018 Just Cause 4
26
29.4
48
53.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
28
31.6
51
57.7
2018 Strange Brigade
42
47.7
74
82.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
27
31.0
46
52.2
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
34
38.5
63
70.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
36
40.7
66
74.2
2017 For Honor
48
54.2
89
98.9
2017 Project CARS 2
34
38.4
63
70.0
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
41
46.6
76
84.9
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
21
24.2
38
43.1
2016 Hitman
29
32.7
54
60.4
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
41
45.8
66
74.2
2016 The Division
31
34.6
47
53.0
2016 Overwatch
53
59.5
98
109.6
2016 Dishonored 2
25
28.0
45
51.1
2015 DiRT Rally
55
62.2
89
99.3
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
32
35.9
55
61.4
2015 The Witcher 3
29
32.9
47
52.6
2015 Total War: Attila
26
29.8
42
46.8
2015 Rocket League
142
158.2
259
288.4
2015 Need For Speed
39
43.8
71
79.9
2015 Project CARS
37
42.0
68
76.6
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
69
76.8
119
132.6
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
43
48.8
68
75.6
2014 GRID Autosport
63
70.6
93
104.4
2014 Shadow of Mordor
38
43.1
72
80.1
2014 The Talos Principle
49
55.1
78
87.3
2013 Crysis 3
35
39.2
54
60.5
2013 Battlefield 4
45
50.8
76
85.3
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
97
108.5
178
197.8
2009 League of Legends
183
203.4
333
370.8

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Year Game Frames Per Second
2020 Assassin's Creed Valhalla
11
14.7
20
25.4
2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator
7
9.7
13
16.8
2020 Valorant
48
60.8
83
104.9
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
18
22.8
31
39.4
2020 Death Stranding
20
26.1
36
45.1
2020 Marvel's Avengers
12
15.6
21
26.9
2020 Godfall
17
21.9
30
37.8
2020 Cyberpunk 2077
12
15.8
21
27.3
2019 Apex Legends
21
26.8
37
46.9
2019 Anthem
14
18.4
25
32.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
21
26.4
36
46.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
24
30.7
42
53.0
2019 Metro Exodus
12
15.8
21
27.3
2019 World War Z
21
27.4
39
49.6
2019 Gears of War 5
17
21.5
29
37.0
2019 F1 2019
21
26.3
36
45.4
2019 GreedFall
19
24.2
33
41.7
2019 Borderlands 3
13
16.5
22
28.5
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
26
32.5
44
56.2
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
11
14.2
19
24.6
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
17
21.5
29
37.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
25
32.0
47
59.4
2018 Hitman 2
17
22.0
31
39.6
2018 Just Cause 4
17
21.7
31
39.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
17
22.1
32
40.4
2018 Strange Brigade
26
33.2
45
57.3
2018 Battlefield V
26
33.0
39
49.5
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
18
23.0
31
39.6
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
20
25.2
36
46.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
23
29.4
42
53.6
2017 For Honor
25
31.6
46
57.7
2017 Project CARS 2
21
27.1
39
49.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
33
42.0
61
76.6
2016 Overwatch
33
41.3
60
75.6
2016 Dishonored 2
19
24.0
34
43.7
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
17
21.7
32
40.6
2015 Total War: Attila
14
17.7
24
30.6
2015 Rocket League
54
67.8
98
123.6
2015 Need For Speed
27
33.9
49
61.8
2015 Project CARS
25
32.1
46
58.5
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
39
49.7
68
85.8
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
25
32.3
40
50.4
2014 GRID Autosport
42
53.0
63
79.2
2014 Shadow of Mordor
19
24.4
44
55.8
2014 The Talos Principle
30
38.5
48
61.2
2013 Crysis 3
28
35.3
30
37.8
2013 Battlefield 4
25
31.4
43
54.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
72
90.4
131
164.8
2009 League of Legends
90
113.0
164
206.0

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
17
22.9
30
40.1
2019 Anthem
11
15.2
20
26.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
16
21.6
28
37.8
2019 Resident Evil 2
18
24.5
32
42.3
2019 Metro Exodus
10
13.7
18
23.8
2019 World War Z
17
23.1
31
41.8
2019 Gears of War 5
14
18.8
24
32.3
2019 F1 2019
17
23.0
30
39.8
2019 GreedFall
13
18.2
23
31.5
2019 Borderlands 3
10
13.4
17
23.2
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
21
27.8
36
48.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
9
12.4
16
21.5
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
14
18.8
24
32.3
2018 Forza Horizon 4
21
28.4
40
53.0
2018 Hitman 2
14
18.7
25
33.7
2018 Just Cause 4
13
17.7
24
32.2
2018 Monster Hunter: World
13
17.5
24
32.0
2018 Strange Brigade
20
27.4
35
47.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
14
19.3
25
33.2
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
15
20.6
26
35.2
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
20
26.6
36
48.5
2017 For Honor
19
25.4
35
46.3
2017 Project CARS 2
20
26.6
36
48.5
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
31
41.4
57
75.4
2016 Overwatch
25
33.3
46
61.3
2016 Dishonored 2
17
23.0
31
41.9
2015 Rocket League
40
53.2
73
97.0
2015 Need For Speed
22
30.2
41
55.1
2015 Project CARS
22
29.3
40
53.3
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
29
38.9
51
67.2
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
69
91.9
127
167.5
2009 League of Legends
64
84.6
117
154.3

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Year Game Frames Per Second
2020 Assassin's Creed Valhalla
6
9.9
12
17.2
2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator
5
7.7
9
13.3
2020 Valorant
37
52.9
63
91.3
2020 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
8
12.2
14
21.1
2020 Death Stranding
11
15.9
19
27.4
2020 Marvel's Avengers
5
8.2
9
14.1
2020 Godfall
7
10.4
12
18.0
2020 Cyberpunk 2077
7
10.4
12
17.9
2019 Apex Legends
11
16.0
19
28.0
2019 Anthem
7
10.0
12
17.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
9
14.0
17
24.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
10
15.1
18
26.1
2019 Metro Exodus
6
9.9
12
17.2
2019 World War Z
11
15.8
20
28.6
2019 Gears of War 5
9
13.6
16
23.4
2019 F1 2019
11
16.7
20
28.9
2019 GreedFall
6
9.9
12
17.2
2019 Borderlands 3
6
8.6
10
14.8
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
13
19.4
23
33.5
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
6
9.0
10
15.6
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
9
13.6
16
23.4
2018 Forza Horizon 4
14
21.0
27
39.6
2018 Hitman 2
9
13.0
16
23.4
2018 Just Cause 4
7
11.3
14
20.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
7
10.6
13
19.4
2018 Strange Brigade
12
18.1
21
31.2
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
9
13.0
15
22.5
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
9
13.3
13
19.8
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
14
20.3
25
37.1
2017 For Honor
11
15.8
20
28.8
2017 Project CARS 2
15
22.6
28
41.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
24
35.3
45
64.3
2016 Overwatch
14
21.0
27
39.1
2016 Dishonored 2
13
19.0
24
34.6
2015 Rocket League
22
31.6
40
57.7
2015 Need For Speed
15
22.6
28
41.2
2015 Project CARS
15
22.6
28
41.2
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
16
23.1
27
39.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
56
81.4
103
148.3
2009 League of Legends
31
45.2
57
82.4
GTX 960 vs GTX 1060 6GB with i7-4790K vs i7-6700K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 960 vs GTX 1060 6GB with i7-4790K vs i7-6700K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 960 vs GTX 1060 6GB with i7-4790K vs i7-6700K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / 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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / i7-6700K

At 1440p, GTX 1060 6GB can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 1060 6GB is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for GTX 1060 6GB against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the GTX 1060 6GB 's 6144 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

GTX 960 vs GTX 1060 6GB Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 960 GTX 1060 6GB
Board NumberPG301PG410
Length9.5 inches 241 mm9.823 inches 250 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin1x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W120 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 960 GTX 1060 6GB
Boost Clock1178 MHz1709 MHz
GPU Clock1127 MHz1506 MHz
Memory Clock1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 960 GTX 1060 6GB
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 900GeForce 1000
Launch Price199 USD199 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateJan 22nd, 2015Mar 8th, 2018

Graphics Features

GTX 960 GTX 1060 6GB
CUDA5.26.1
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.16.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 960 GTX 1060 6GB
ArchitectureMaxwell 2.0Pascal
Die Size228 mm²314 mm²
GPU NameGM206GP104
GPU VariantGM206-300-A1GP104-150-A1
Process Size28 nm16 nm
Transistors2,940 million7,200 million

Memory

GTX 960 GTX 1060 6GB
Bandwidth112.2 GB/s192.2 GB/s
Memory Bus128 bit192 bit
Memory Size2048 MB6144 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 960 GTX 1060 6GB
ROPs3248
Shading Units10241280
TMUs6480

Theoretical Performance

GTX 960 GTX 1060 6GB
FP32 (float) performance2,413 GFLOPS4,375 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance75.39 GFLOPS (1:32)123.0 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate37.70 GPixel/s82.03 GPixel/s
Texture Rate75.39 GTexel/s136.7 GTexel/s

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