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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition run games
28 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid level piece of gaming hardware, this GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition graphics card can still meet and run indie system requirements and some of the less demanding AAA games. DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Game performance for the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition where we look at the bigger games played in 2019. Looking closely at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 244 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Running at 1080p this card gets a weak frame rate from Borderlands 3 with 17 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at The Outer Worlds which returns a weak 17 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Halo: Reach which we saw getting a strong 87 FPS.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Borderlands 3 to see how the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition dealt with it. It scored up a weak series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 34 FPS, Medium: 27 FPS, High: 18 FPS and Ultra: 13 FPS. Next we looked at The Outer Worlds which was weak with a 13 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Halo: Reach that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 66. 1440p gaming on the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition is certainly a viable option for these higher gaming resolutions. Remember that if you suffer some 1440p FPS drops the you can usually tweak modern game graphics settings until you get a near High graphics setting experience with this Graphics card.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which is 111% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 899 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 55% better and can meet 672 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
24 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition was released on 22 Jan 2015

GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM206-300-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
64
Texture Rate
80 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
40 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
1024
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
Driver Support
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Release Price
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
5120x3200
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
2048 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
128 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache
1024KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
0
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1190 MHz
Boost Clock
1253 MHz
Power
Max Power
120 Watts
PSU
400 Watt & 29 Amps
Power Connector
1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
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GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by MSI.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1190MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1253MHz, 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 MSI's Dual Fan Twin Frozr V Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.


Source [Pip]
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Halo: Reach 78% 50%
Red Dead Redemption 2 10% 57%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 15% 57%
Borderlands 3 2% 66%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 71% 116%
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 116%
FIFA 20 39% 16%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 54% 81%
eFootball PES 2020 24% 7%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 93% 28%
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