Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI

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How well can the GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2024 popular games. This short GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 443 games in the list.

The GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI graphics card is returning a reasonable performance on Back 4 Blood at 1080p of 54 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Star Citizen which we predict will get reasonable frame rates of 54 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Forza Horizon 5, which was getting 32 FPS under tests.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Back 4 Blood and saw it deliver playable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 108 FPS, Medium: 85 FPS, High: 57 FPS and Ultra: 41 FPS. We then checked the performance on Star Citizen to predict if that will run well. It is predicted to be playable with a 41 FPS at Ultra 1440p. 1440p GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI PC gaming is a perfectly suitable selection of hardware for theis larger screen size. If a game at 1440p struggles a bit or experiences a frame drop then you can tweak settings in game to help get it stable. This might mean lowering it to medium or low in some specific options.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI in your PC? This GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI? There are no graphics cards on the current market that would provide a big enough increase in performance to warrant upgrading the GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI.
FPS System Benchmark
66 FPS
The GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI was released on 22 Jan 2015
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI
Maxwell GM206-300-A1 (x2)
Texture Rate
151 GTexel/s
32 (x2)
Pixel Rate
75 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Direct X
DX 12
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
4096MB (x2)
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
128bit (x2)
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
1024KB (x2)
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1127 MHz
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
Max Power
240 Watts
550 Watt & 40 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
GD Official

GeForce GTX 960 2GB SLI Game Requirement Analysis

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.

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