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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 950 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 68% 98%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 54% 81%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 49% 75%
FIFA 21 15% 0%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 49% 75%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 37% 61%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 141% 184%
Watch Dogs Legion 62% 91%
Genshin Impact 68% 98%
Grand Theft Auto VI 136% 179%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 2GB.

The GTX 960 has a 153 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950. This results in the GTX 960 providing 26.1 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 153 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 950 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 960 providing 4.9 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 less than a year after the GTX 960, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 950 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 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 950 2GB has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1714 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 950 is 1232. The GTX 960 having 482 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 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 950 2GB requires 90 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GTX 950. The GTX 960 requires 30 Watts more than the GTX 950 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 950.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1177 MHzvs1024 MHz
Boost Clock1240 MHzvs1188 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1Maxwell GM206-250
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date22 Jan 2015vs20 Aug 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs
9.6
1920x1080
8.2
green tick vs
7.6
2560x1440
6
green tick vs
5.5
3840x2160
4.4
green tick vs
3.9

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1653 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.2GB/secvs105.8GB/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 Units1024vs768
Actual Shader Performance82%vs59%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs48
Texture Rate75.3 GTexel/svs49.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate37.7 GPixel/svs32.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs90 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs350 Watts & 23 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 i5-4460 3.2GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Zotac.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1177MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1240MHz, in Turbo Mode.

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

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Zotac's Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 950 2GB is a Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
GeForce GTX 950 2GB Features a GPU Codenamed GM206-250 which is a Second Gen Maxwell GPU. It offers DirectX Feature Level of 12.1 and the Third Generation Delta Color Compression Technology which increases bandwidth efficiency by 30%.
It has 6 Stream Multiprocessors activated and offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1024MHz and goes up to 1188MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 128-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1653MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 2GB.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 90W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate Similar Performance to AMD's Radeon R9 270X, using the best suited Resolution - 1920x1080.
As a Result, AMD's Radeon R9 370 is considerably slower and Large Factory Overclocked Versions of GeForce GTX 950, may match GeForce GTX 960's Performance.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 950 2GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Performance Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
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