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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 62% 178%
Hitman 3 110% 262%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 154%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 43% 146%
FIFA 21 19% 40%
Grand Theft Auto VI 127% 291%
Far Cry 6 134% 302%
Genshin Impact 62% 178%
Battlefield 6 110% 262%
Resident Evil 8 62% 178%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 654 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 470. This results in the GTX 960 providing 47.1 GTexel/s better texturing performance. 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 654 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 470. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 960 manages to provide 15.7 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 three years more recently than the GTX 470, and so the GTX 960 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 470 when running the latest games.

The GTX 960 has 2816 MB more video memory than the GTX 470, 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 GTX 470 has 23.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 470 is slightly better than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition has 448. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1890 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 582. The GTX 960 having 1308 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 960 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 470.

The GTX 960 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 470. This means that the GTX 960 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition requires 215 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470. The GTX 470 requires 95 Watts more than the GTX 960 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 470 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1304 MHzvs650 MHz
Boost Clock1367 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1Fermi GF100-275-A3
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date22 Jan 2015vs01 Jun 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs1280 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs850 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs320 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.2GB/secvs136GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 640 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs448
Actual Shader Performance91%vs28%
Texture Mapping Units64vs56
Texture Rate83.5 GTexel/svs36.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs40
Pixel Rate41.7 GPixel/svs26 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs215 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs550 Watts & 38 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by EVGA.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1304MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1367MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock remains the same while the Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB: a gimmick which doesn't yield any performance boost and can be considered market to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by EVGA's ACX 2.0+ Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
GeForce GTX 470 Golden Sample Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 470.
This edition comes with a dual-fan custom solution and overclocked out of the box in the central unit which was increased from 607MHz to 650MHz, while the operating memory clock is now of 850MHz, instead of 837MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
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