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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 104% 118%
Red Dead Redemption 2 49% 59%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 49% 59%
Doom Eternal 28% 37%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 104% 118%
Planet Zoo 60% 71%
Grand Theft Auto VI 127% 143%
Need For Speed Heat 49% 59%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 94% 94%
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem 4% 2%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 2GB Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 152 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 960. This results in the GTX 960 providing 9.8 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 152 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 960 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 960 providing 4.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 2GB Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 2GB Edition 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 3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 960 is marginally better than the GTX 960.

Both the GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 2GB Edition have 1024 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the GTX 960 has 9.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate, 4.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, and 3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth, so should have a slightly faster performance than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition requires 160 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The GTX 960 requires 40 Watts more than the GTX 960 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 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1329 MHzvs1177 MHz
Boost Clock1393 MHzvs1240 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1Maxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date22 Jan 2015vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
8.5
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8.2
2560x1440
6.2
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3840x2160
4.6
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1800 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth115.2GB/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 Units1024vs1024
Actual Shader Performance93%vs82%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs64
Texture Rate85.1 GTexel/svs75.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate42.5 GPixel/svs37.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power160 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Inno3D.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1329MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1393MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1800MHz and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Inno3D's Triple Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 9% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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