10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed
Based on current gaming requirements the GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition is considered one of the weakest cards and wont meet modern AAA game specs.
This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.
Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2023. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 132 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.
The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition shows us that Star Citizen is predicted to get a weak result of 24 FPS, and then we are seeing Battlefield 2042 returning a weak 0 FPS while another game on our list is the Days Gone which is getting 15 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.
As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition ran Battlefield 2042 to a weak performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. Another game tested was Days Gone, L: 29FPS, M: 23FPS, H: 15FPS, U: 11FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Star Citizen, wih estimates revealing L: 48FPS, M: 38FPS, H: 26FPS, U: 18FPS at 1440p. 1440p gaming on the GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition is not going to be able to maintain a playable game at this resolution.How many years will the GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition in your PC?
We think this GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered. Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition?
A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB
. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 76% better and can meet 716 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5300
which meets 300 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 41% better performance.