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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G GeForce GTX 960 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 123%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40% 123%
eFootball PES 2020 30% 11%
Control 79% 184%
Grand Theft Auto VI 56% 148%
Borderlands 3 8% 71%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 44% 129%
FIFA 20 46% 14%
Red Dead Redemption 2 40% 123%
F1 2019 16% 85%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB.

The GTX 1060 has a 417 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. This results in the GTX 1060 providing 39.1 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 1060 has a 417 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 960. This results in the GTX 1060 providing 38 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 1060 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 960, and so the GTX 1060 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 GTX 1060 has 1024 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 1060 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 1060 has 80 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1060 is much better than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G has 1152 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 2GB has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1060 is 2026 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1628. The GTX 1060 having 398 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1060 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 960.

The GTX 1060 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 960. This means that the GTX 1060 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 2GB requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 1060 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

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Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Grand Theft Auto V

53.7 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

33.7 FPS

The Witcher III

68.1 FPS

The Witcher III

42.8 FPS

Crysis 3

80.6 FPS

Crysis 3

50.6 FPS

Just Cause 4

56.4 FPS

Just Cause 4

32 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

49.1 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

30.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

49.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

31.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

66.1 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

41.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

85.2 FPS

Battlefield 1

53.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

62.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

39.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

53.5 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

33.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

38.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

23.9 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

53.2 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

33.4 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

63.3 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

39.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

63.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

39.7 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

152.6 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

95.9 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

39 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

24.5 FPS

Metro: Exodus

44.3 FPS

Metro: Exodus

27.9 FPS

Far Cry 5

70.7 FPS

Far Cry 5

44.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

85.8 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

54 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

40.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

25.6 FPS

Battlefield V

84.9 FPS

Battlefield V

46 FPS

The Division 2

50.2 FPS

The Division 2

31.6 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

68 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

42.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

39 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

24.5 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

54.3 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

34.1 FPS

F1 2019

77.1 FPS

F1 2019

48.5 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

50.7 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

31.9 FPS

The Witcher III

43.7 FPS

The Witcher III

27.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

27.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

17.5 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

77.2 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

48.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

65 FPS

Battlefield 1

40.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

39.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

24.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

27.9 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

17.5 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

52.1 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

32.7 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

71.3 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

44.8 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

38.7 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

24.3 FPS

Metro: Exodus

30 FPS

Metro: Exodus

18.9 FPS

Far Cry 5

66.8 FPS

Far Cry 5

42 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

50.2 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

31.5 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

31.1 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

19.5 FPS

Battlefield V

65.2 FPS

Battlefield V

41 FPS

The Division 2

53.2 FPS

The Division 2

33.4 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

48.5 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

30.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

34.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

21.6 FPS

F1 2019

61.4 FPS

F1 2019

38.6 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

19.8 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

12.5 FPS

The Witcher III

29.9 FPS

The Witcher III

18.8 FPS

Crysis 3

25.2 FPS

Crysis 3

15.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

19.5 FPS

Just Cause 4

12.3 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

21.7 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

13.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

29.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

18.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

19.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

12.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

39.9 FPS

Battlefield 1

25.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

22.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

14.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

24.7 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

15.5 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

17.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

11.1 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

25.1 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

15.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

21.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

13.7 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

24.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

15.2 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

39.9 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

25.1 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

18.6 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

11.7 FPS

Metro: Exodus

16.1 FPS

Metro: Exodus

10.1 FPS

Far Cry 5

23.8 FPS

Far Cry 5

14.9 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

29.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

18.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

13.6 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

8.5 FPS

Battlefield V

39.2 FPS

Battlefield V

24.6 FPS

The Division 2

21.8 FPS

The Division 2

13.7 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

37 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

23.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

19.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

12 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

28.4 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

17.8 FPS

F1 2019

34.3 FPS

F1 2019

21.6 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1544 MHzvs1127 MHz
Boost Clock1759 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P106-300-A1Maxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential - vs Good
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date18 Aug 2016vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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8.2
2560x1440
7.5
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5.9
3840x2160
5.7
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4.3

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed2002 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.2GB/secvs112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1152vs1024
Actual Shader Performance97%vs78%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs64
Texture Rate111.2 GTexel/svs72.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate74.1 GPixel/svs36.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Ampsvs400 Watts & 27 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel 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 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G is currently the entry level MSI Nvidia GTX 1000 performance graphics card, based on the Pascal Architecture. It comes with locked memory of 3GB instead of the full 6GB.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-300-A1 which is a first gen Pascal GPU and has 9 SM activated, offering 1152 Shader Processing Units (the GTX 1060 6GB version offers 1280 SPU), 72 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1544MHz and goes up to 1759MHz, when Boost mode is activated.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.

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

Performance
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G is capable of playing most modern game system requirements at high graphics settings. The 3GB version is normally around 5% worse than the GTX 1060 6GB full fat version in terms of sheer processing power. But its the 3GB memory reduction that will hamper the high quality game textures this card can deliver, making it less future proof, as more games are released that require GPU memory.

We expect this GPU to return around 51+ FPS at high graphics setting on most modern games @ 1080p screen resolution.
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 CPUIntel Core i7-3820 4-Core 3.60GHz
Intel Core i7-970 6-Core 3.2GHz
AMD Opteron 6274
Intel Xeon Processor E3-1241 v3
Intel Xeon E3-1240 v2
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 UpgradesGeForce RTX 2060 6GB
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1060
Radeon RX 480 8GB
Radeon R9 390X
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GPU Variants-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

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