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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

One of the more powerful mid range graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition might struggle sometimes with the more system demanding game requirements. All games with system requirements of DirectX 12 or lower are met by this card.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2019. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 272 games in the list.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Planet Zoo and saw it deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. We proceeded to look at Borderlands 3 to see how that compared and saw that it returned a weak 18 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition ran Planet Zoo to a weak performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. Another game tested was Borderlands 3, L: 35FPS, M: 28FPS, H: 19FPS, U: 13FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Death Stranding, wih estimates revealing L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS at 1440p. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is not powerful enough to deal with the increased resolution.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition in your PC? This GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 105% better and can meet 897 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 54% better and can run 685 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
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The GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is released on 10 Mar 2015

GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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Architecture
Maxwell GM206-300-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
64
Texture Rate
83 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
42 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
1024
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
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Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
5120x3200
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 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
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1241 MHz
Boost Clock
1304 MHz
Power
Max Power
120 Watts
PSU
400 Watt & 29 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB 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 1241MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1304MHz, in Turbo Mode.


Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock while the Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB - a gimmick in most situations, as the graphics card doesn't prove to be powerful enough to run under circumstances in which 4GB are needed.


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 4% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.


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GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 11% 56%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16% 56%
Death Stranding 4% 114%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 71% 114%
Cyberpunk 2077 4% 114%
Need For Speed Heat 13% 56%
Planet Zoo 17% 68%
Diablo 4 6% 114%
FIFA 20 40% 17%
Borderlands 3 1% 65%
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Could I upgrade to this graphic card?

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is this a good choise with my MOBO and CPU ?

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yea good balance :)

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Hi guys!I want to upgrate to this card.Will my cpu handle it?Please help!

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There won't be any bottleneck.

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Thanks for the reply!Much appriciated!:)

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I recently bought this card and i am very pleased. Good price per fps.

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yes you are right.but the r9280x tri x vaporx oc edition is better.it was cheap around 2013-2014

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Maybe, but i don't like radeon anymore because of the driver problems. I own an radeon hd 6990 and the amd catalyst is so bad… Geforce experience is way more better. Its my firs nvidia videocard and i would never buy an amd again, maybe if they will improve the catalyst.

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back in time there were more problems with cf sli not becouse drivers but maybi becouse devs were to lazy to make sli cf working properly now crossfire and sli have bin improved by alot also omega drivers from amd are good so i dont see any problems here you might had bad luck with your games just…

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My AMD A8 6500 match this card?

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Recently bought this as part of a new build and its running like a charm :) the 4gb memory gives it awesome flexibility between graphic settings in graphic intensive games.

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do my cpu match this card? please help

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I would recommend upgrading your CPU in the future, but for now it should fine.

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Which GPU would be better for my 6300: this one or Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB? Would having an all-AMD rig get my any kind of advantage in performance etc?

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No performance advantage
and 380 is better card but not much

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R9 380, get's very hot tho, I have this GPU and I get 65 degrees when I'm running Arma 3 on OC and everything maxed -45 fps.
Which I guess it's pretty good.

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Would it be a worthy upgrade?

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Probably, I'm contemplating upgrading too but I'm not sure if I should get the Radeon R9 380 MSI Gaming 4GB or this one

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I need Shadowplay for my YouTubing, so the 960 is already good. I'm really trying to get the 960 4GB but I just sometimes think it could have been better. Like if you watch a side by side comparison you only notice about 10-15 fps difference which, to be honest, I'm not even sure if its worth it…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQI8GZknfIQ

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not worth gtx 970 or r9 290 should be worth upgrade even r9 280x is better then r9 380

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I need something around the price range of this card though…

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trust me r9 290 is lot more powerfull then gtx 960 or r9 380 it will cary you atleast 2-3years more playing games on ultra tweaked ultra settings 1080p for sure.. you are going to get only about 15-20more performance so this means only 10fps +- more… id say not worth at all

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is it okay such amount of vram is 4gb but memory bus only 128bit?? I wanna buy this GPU if it doesnt consume too much memory

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