As expected NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 960 hits the scene today. This new Maxwell-based card has a $199 MSRP and features 1024 CUDA cores, a 1127MHz base lock, 1178MHz Boost clock, and a 128-bit memory bus with 2GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 7000MHz.
The first reviews are in today and in terms of performance the GTX 960 seems somewhat faster than the slightly cheaper Radeon R9 285. Additionally, the GTX 960 uses a lot less power and produces less heat than AMD's offerings due to its higher efficiency.
Today’s introduction of GeForce GTX 960 brings Maxwell’s powerful and efficient architecture to more gamers than ever before. The GTX 960 offers the same incredible Maxwell performance and advanced technologies of its big brother the GTX 980, but at a more affordable $199 price point. That means more and more gamers can enjoy next generation PC gameplay, continuing to fuel the PC gaming revolution.
Powerful, Advanced, Efficient.
We built the GTX 960 for PC gamers who are looking for a cutting-edge gameplay experience. The GTX 960 is powered by 1,024 CUDA cores; while delivering a stunning 60 frames per second on full HD 1080p displays even on some the industry’s most demanding new titles. And while the GTX 960 is powerful out of the box, overclockers will also love the performance headroom.
Maxwell’spower efficiency means the GTX 960 can serve up MOBA titles such as League of Legends or DOTA2 in stone silence – while sipping just 30 watts of power.
The GTX 960 also supports Maxwell advanced technologies like dynamic super resolution (DSR), which provide a 4K experience on a 1080p monitor, and multi-frame anti-aliasing (MFAA), which offers high quality anti-aliasing with improved performance.
Being part of the GeForce GTX gaming platform means that gamers also benefit from NVIDIA technologies like G-SYNC, for stutter-free gameplay; GeForce Experience, which lets gamers optimize their systems with a single click; and GameWorks, which helps developers bring new experiences to gamers.
And its graphics capabilities include support for Microsoft’s next-generation DirectX 12 standard, due this year with Windows 10 (see “Level Up: With Windows 10 — and DirectX — PC Gaming Will Soon Be Better Than Ever“). More than 100 game studios are already working on titles built for DirectX 12.
The GTX 960 will enable more gamersto enjoy Maxwell’s advanced, next-gen gaming experience.