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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI GeForce GTX 780
Cyberpunk 2077 6% 30%
Hitman 3 37% 69%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3% 19%
Resident Evil 8 6% 30%
FIFA 21 47% 34%
Grand Theft Auto VI 49% 83%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 15%
Genshin Impact 6% 30%
The Medium 32% 62%
Far Cry 6 53% 88%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780.

The GTX 960 has a 264 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 780, but the GeForce GTX 780 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the GeForce GTX 780 exhibits a 21.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 960. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 960 has a 264 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 780. This results in the GTX 960 providing 30.7 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 960 was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 780, and so the GTX 960 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce GTX 780.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 960 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 780, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 960 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 780 has 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 780 is much better than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 780 has 2304. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 3257 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 780 is 2078. The GTX 960 having 1179 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce GTX 780 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI requires 240 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 780 requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GeForce GTX 780. The GeForce GTX 780 requires 10 Watts more than the GTX 960 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce GTX 780 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1127 MHzvs863 MHz
Boost Clock1178 MHzvs902 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1 (x2)Kepler GK110-300-A1
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date22 Jan 2015vs23 May 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs288.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2304
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs192
Texture Rate144.3 GTexel/svs165.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs48
Pixel Rate72.1 GPixel/svs41.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power240 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 40 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 960 2GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM206-300-A1 which, together, offer 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1127MHz and goes up to 1178MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 200W and 250W.

With Proper Driver Support, Gaming benchmarks prove that at 2560x1440, the best suited resolution, GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI is slightly faster than GeForce GTX 970.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Strong Processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 960 4GB SLI.
GeForce GTX 780 is a high-end graphics-card based on the 28nm, Kepler architecture.
It's based on the Kepler GK110 Core (same used on Titan) but with 12 SMX activated and therefore offers 2304 Shader Processing Units, 192 TMUs and 48 ROPs on a 384-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 863MHz and goes up to 902MHz in Turbo, the memory clock operates at 1502MHz. It consumes up to 250W.
Benchmarks indicate that its performance is up to 30% better than previous GeForce GTX 680 and thus allows even the most demanding games to be playable at the highest settings, at 1080p. With proper overclocking and cooling, it can surpass GeForce GTX Titan.
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