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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition run games
28 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

One of the more powerful mid range graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 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.

What FPS performance can the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition get on latest AAA 2019 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 250 games in todays list.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition can run Cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p and predict it will return weak frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that eFootball PES 2020 returns a reasonable 47 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Cyberpunk 2077 and predict it will deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. We then checked the performance on eFootball PES 2020 to see if that runs well. It was playable with a 35 FPS at Ultra 1440p. In summary we feel the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition running at 1440p is not ideal and its more advisable to run modern games at 1080p resolution. But if you really want to play games at 1440p then you will likely have to make some graphical adjustments to improve game FPS stability.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition? A suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, which is 107% more powerful and can run 898 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500 4GB which is 52% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 671 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
26 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition was released on 22 Jan 2015

GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM206-300-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
64
Texture Rate
84 GTexel/s
ROPs
32
Pixel Rate
42 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
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
0
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1253 MHz
Boost Clock
1317 MHz
Power
Max Power
150 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
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Asus.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1253MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1316MHz, in Turbo Mode.


Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock remains the same while 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
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Asus's DirectCU II cooling technology which outperforms reference designs with an exclusive 10mm heatpipe that transports 40% more heat away from the GPU.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.


Source [Pip]
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
50%
RAM
11GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 12% 54%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 16% 54%
Halo: Reach 78% 51%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 71% 112%
FIFA 20 40% 18%
Borderlands 3 0% 63%
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 112%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 67% 44%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 55% 78%
eFootball PES 2020 25% 5%
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