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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 57% 180%
Cyberpunk 2077 116% 285%
Doom Eternal 35% 141%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 57% 180%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 3% 73%
Halo: Reach 50% 11%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 116% 285%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 116% 285%
Grand Theft Auto VI 141% 329%
Need For Speed Heat 57% 180%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 4GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 265 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 560. This results in the GTX 960 providing 24.4 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 265 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 560 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 960 providing 8.5 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 3072 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 960 Gigabyte OC 4GB Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition has 336. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1732 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 560 is 622. The GTX 960 having 1110 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 960 Gigabyte OC 4GB Edition requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 560 Asus DirectCU II TOP 1GB Edition requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 560. 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 Speed1190 MHzvs925 MHz
Boost Clock1253 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1Fermi GF114-325-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date29 Jun 2015vs19 May 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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7.9
1920x1080
8.3
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6.1
2560x1440
6
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4.1
3840x2160
4.4
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1050 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.2GB/secvs134.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs336
Actual Shader Performance83%vs30%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs56
Texture Rate76.2 GTexel/svs51.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate38.1 GPixel/svs29.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs450 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
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 i5-2300 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 4GB 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 1190MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1253MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB: a gimmick which doesn't yield any performance boost and can be considered marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.

Cooling Solution
WINDFORCE 2X Cooling System: the airflow is spilt through the triangle design at the fan edge, and is guided smoothly through the fan by special 3D stripe curve design. At the same time, it effectively enhanced the cooling capacity while reducing air turbulence.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Overview
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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