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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 112% 123%
Control 171% 184%
eFootball PES 2020 5% 11%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 112% 123%
Grand Theft Auto VI 136% 148%
Borderlands 3 63% 71%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 118% 129%
Red Dead Redemption 2 112% 123%
FIFA 20 18% 14%
F1 2019 76% 85%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 126 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 960. This results in the GTX 960 providing 8.1 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 126 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 960 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 960 providing 4 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 960, 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 memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition are the same, which means the GTX 960 and the GTX 960 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition have 1024 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the GTX 960 has 8.1 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate and 4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, but the has GB/sec greater memory bandwidth. Although the GPUs are very similar in performance, the GTX 960 takes the edge.

The GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The GTX 960 requires 30 Watts more than the GTX 960 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 960 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 960.

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Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Grand Theft Auto V

33.7 FPS

The Witcher III

42.8 FPS

Crysis 3

50.6 FPS

Just Cause 4

35.5 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

30.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

31.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

41.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

53.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

39.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

33.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

25.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

23.9 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

33.4 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

41.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

39.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

39.7 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

100.7 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

95.9 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

24.5 FPS

Metro: Exodus

27.9 FPS

Far Cry 5

44.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

56.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

54 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

25.6 FPS

Battlefield V

53.4 FPS

The Division 2

31.6 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

42.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

24.5 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

34.1 FPS

F1 2019

48.5 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

31.9 FPS

The Witcher III

27.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

17.5 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

48.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

40.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

24.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

18.4 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

17.5 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

32.7 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

44.8 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

24.3 FPS

Metro: Exodus

18.9 FPS

Far Cry 5

42 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

33.1 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

31.5 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

19.5 FPS

Battlefield V

41 FPS

The Division 2

33.4 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

30.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

21.6 FPS

F1 2019

38.6 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

12.5 FPS

The Witcher III

18.8 FPS

Crysis 3

15.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

12.3 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

13.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

18.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

12.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

25.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

14.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

15.5 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

11.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

11.1 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

15.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

14.4 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

13.7 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

15.2 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

26.3 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

25.1 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

11.7 FPS

Metro: Exodus

10.1 FPS

Far Cry 5

14.9 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

19.6 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

18.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

8.5 FPS

Battlefield V

24.6 FPS

The Division 2

13.7 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

23.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

12 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

17.8 FPS

F1 2019

21.6 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1253 MHzvs1127 MHz
Boost Clock1317 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1Maxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date22 Jan 2015vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
8.3
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8.2
2560x1440
6.1
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3840x2160
4.4
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.2GB/secvs112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1024
Actual Shader Performance88%vs78%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs64
Texture Rate80.2 GTexel/svs72.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate40.1 GPixel/svs36.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1253MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1316MHz, 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 marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Asus's DirectCU II cooling technology which outperforms reference designs with an exclusive 10mm heatpipe that transports 40% more heat away from the GPU.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Palit.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit Remains the Same.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.

Performance
Without Any Overclock Out of The Box, GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition is as fast as the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Recommended CPUIntel Xeon Processor W3520
Intel Core i7-920 Quad 2.67GHz
Intel Core i7-870S Quad 2.67GHz
Intel Core i5-2500S 2.7GHz
AMD Opteron 6168
Intel Core i7-3770S 4-Core 3.1GHz
Intel Core i5-7600 3.5GHz
AMD FX-9370
Intel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades--
GPU Variants--

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