NVIDIA’s latest GPU crams in Maxwell energy and not using a hefty worth
For those who’ve been tempted by NVIDIA’s excessive-finish GTX 970 and 980 video playing cards, however could not justify their excessive costs, the corporate’s newest entry is made for you. Nvidia is rounding out its Maxwell household of video playing cards at present with the GTX 960, a desktop GPU which it describes as hitting the “candy spot” in relation to worth and efficiency. It is extra highly effective than the entry-degree GTX 750 and 750 Ti introduced a yr in the past, however it ought to are available considerably cheaper than its excessive-finish siblings (sometimes 60-collection playing cards go for round $250). Simply how highly effective is the GTX 960? Sufficient for you to have the ability to play trendy video games like Watch Canine and Murderer’s Creed:Unit in 1080p with the very best settings and nonetheless get a silky clean body fee of 60 FPS.
The GTX 960 additionally delivers one of many extra intriguing options from the beefier Maxwell playing cards: 4K-like gaming on 1080p screens. Whereas it in all probability will not be highly effective sufficient to play graphics-heavy video games in 4K, it may well run much less intensive video games like League of Legends at that larger decision and translate the sharper textures into one thing usable on your 1080p monitor. The GTX 960 sports activities 1,024 CUDA cores (half of the GTX 980’s cores, and a bit lower than the 970’s 1664) with a base clock velocity of 1.1 Ghz. NVIDIA’s additionally left in loads of overclocking headroom — it claims you’ll be able to bump the GPU as much as 1.5 Ghz with out a lot effort (assuming the cardboard you are utilizing has respectable cooling). Surprisingly, it solely wants one 6-pin energy connector, because of the improved energy effectivity within the Maxwell structure.