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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950 LP MSI OC v3 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 960 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 92% 71%
Hitman 3 150% 123%
Resident Evil 8 92% 71%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 76% 57%
FIFA 21 3% 14%
Grand Theft Auto VI 171% 141%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 70% 52%
Genshin Impact 92% 71%
Far Cry 6 178% 148%
The Medium 140% 114%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 LP MSI OC v3 2GB Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 51 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950. This results in the GTX 960 providing 20.5 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 51 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 960 providing 1.7 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 950 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 960, and so the GTX 950 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 960.

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 GeForce GTX 950 LP MSI OC v3 2GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 960 2GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 960 has 6.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 950, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 960 is marginally better than the GTX 950.

The GeForce GTX 950 LP MSI OC v3 2GB Edition has 768 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 2GB has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950 is 1299 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1628. The GTX 960 having 329 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 960 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 950.

The GeForce GTX 950 LP MSI OC v3 2GB Edition requires 75 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 2GB requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GTX 950 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The GTX 960 requires 45 Watts more than the GTX 950 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 960 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 950.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1076 MHzvs1127 MHz
Boost Clock1253 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-251-A1Maxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Mar 2016vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1600x900
9.7
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
7.7
vs green tick
8.2
2560x1440
5.6
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5.9
3840x2160
4
vs green tick
4.3

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1653 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth105.8GB/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 Units768vs1024
Actual Shader Performance63%vs78%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units48vs64
Texture Rate51.6 GTexel/svs72.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate34.4 GPixel/svs36.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 23 Ampsvs400 Watts & 27 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 i5-6400 2.7GHzvsIntel 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 950 LP MSI OC v3 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Fast-Middle-Class GeForce GTX 950 LP 2GB, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1076MHz, instead of 1024MHz, while the Boost Clock achieves 1317MHz, instead of 1253MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Dual Fans Thermal Design: Dual fans covers more area of heatsink to take heats away more efficiently.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 3% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 950 LP 2GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 960 2GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
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.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed GM206-300-A1 which has 8 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is initially clocked at 1127MHz and goes up to 1158MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
At 1920x1080, the best suited resolution for GeForce GTX 960, benchmarks indicate its performance is a little over the older GeForce GTX 670.
Therefore, GeForce GTX 770 and even Radeon R9 280X are still faster, though less energy efficient.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 960 2GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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GeForce GTX 960 MSI 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 PNY 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 1X 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 1X 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit JetStream 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 2X OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 2X OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Point of View AMMO OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Tiger OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax Gamer OC Mini Black 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA Superclocked 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax EXOC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 100ME 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Mini OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit JetStream 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward Phantom 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! v2 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Turbo OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax EXOC White 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax KFA2 EXOC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax KFA2 EXOC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Turbo OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit Super JetStream 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward Phantom GLH 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition