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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition
Halo: Reach 11% 49%
Cyberpunk 2077 285% 118%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 73% 2%
Red Dead Redemption 2 180% 59%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 180% 59%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 285% 118%
Doom Eternal 141% 37%
Grand Theft Auto VI 329% 143%
FIFA 20 49% 15%
Need For Speed Heat 180% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 240 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 560. This results in the GTX 960 providing 22.8 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 240 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 560 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 960 providing 7.7 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 960 was released over three years more recently than the GTX 560, and so the GTX 960 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 560 when running the latest games.

The GTX 960 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 560, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 960 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 560 has 22.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 560 is slightly better than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition has 336 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1698. The GTX 960 having 1076 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 560.

The GTX 960 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 560. This means that the GTX 960 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 560.

The GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The GTX 560 requires 30 Watts more than the GTX 960 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 560 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed925 MHzvs1165 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1228 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF114-325-A1Maxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date19 May 2011vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
7.9
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
6.1
vs green tick
8.2
2560x1440
4.1
vs green tick
6
3840x2160 - vs green tick
4.4

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1050 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth134.4GB/secvs112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 512 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 Units336vs1024
Actual Shader Performance30%vs82%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units56vs64
Texture Rate51.8 GTexel/svs74.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs37.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-2300 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 560, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 925MHz, instead of 810MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1050MHz, instead of 1002MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
DirectCU II: Copper heat pipes in direct contact with the GPU to speed up heat dissipation for over 20% cooler performance, DirectCU II takes cooling further with twin 80mm fans for doubled airflow.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 9% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 560.
Overview
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Gigabyte.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1165MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1228MHz, in Turbo Mode.

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

Cooling Solution
Packed with GIGABYTE’s unique blade fan design and pure copper heat pipe direct touch (HDT) technology, delivering superior cooling capacity and heat transfer efficiency at an extremely low noise level. Optimized fan speed according to real-time GPU temperature, effectively improving power efficiency. Measuring merely 17cm in length, the card, perfectly compatible for building most of the PCs from ATX to mini-ITX.

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