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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 1080
Red Dead Redemption 2 59% 34%
Halo: Reach 49% 79%
Cyberpunk 2077 118% 9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 59% 34%
Doom Eternal 37% 43%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 118% 9%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 94% 97%
Grand Theft Auto VI 143% 1%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 118% 9%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2% 59%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has a 417 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. This results in the GeForce GTX 1080 providing 180.9 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 GeForce GTX 1080 has a 417 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 960. This results in the GeForce GTX 1080 providing 64.7 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 GeForce GTX 1080 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 1080 has 6144 MB more video memory than the GTX 960, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 1080 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has 208.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 is massively better than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1080 has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1732 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 is 5989. The GeForce GTX 1080 having 4257 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 1080 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 1080 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 960. This means that the GeForce GTX 1080 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1080 requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1080. The GeForce GTX 1080 requires 60 Watts more than the GTX 960 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 1080 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1190 MHzvs1607 MHz
Boost Clock1253 MHzvs1733 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1Pascal P104-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date29 Jun 2015vs27 May 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1251 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5X
Memory Bandwidth112.2GB/secvs320.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs2560
Actual Shader Performance83%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units64vs160
Texture Rate76.2 GTexel/svs257.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate38.1 GPixel/svs102.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

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

Overclock: Memory Clock

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Gigabyte's WINDFORCE 2X With Unique Blade Fan which is Equipped with two 90mm unique blade fan and three copper heat pipes. The airflow is split 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.

Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
GeForce GTX 1080 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed P104-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU and has 20 SM activated, offering 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

The central unit runs at 1607MHz and goes up to 1733MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Second Gen GDDR5X, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1251MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 180W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Benchmarks Indicate GeForce GTX 1080 can be over 25% Faster than GeForce GTX 980 Ti at 4K. In Fact, even the Dual Radeon R9 295X2 is easily topped.
At 1920x1080, the default rank for all GD Graphics Card, expect a performance boost ranging between 20% and 30%, over GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
As of May 2016, GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest single Graphics Card available.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1080 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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