First introduced in the GTX 980 and 970, NVIDIA has now brought its newest Maxwell GPU architecture down to the mid-range with the GeForce GTX 960. Gamers can now opt for an excellent combination of performance, power efficiency, and an affordable price in a single package.
The GTX 960 features a GPU based on the second-generation Maxwell GM206 chip which sports a transistor count of 2.94 billion, 1024 CUDA cores clocked at 1126MHz, 64 texture units, 32 ROP’s, 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 7GHz with a 128-bit bus width, and a TDP of 120W. It also supports Microsoft's upcoming DirectX 12 game API's that will debut with the launch of Windows 10.
Performance wise you can expect similar results to the GTX 670 and the AMD R9 285, so you should be able to run the latest games at their highest settings at 1080p resolutions. Of course frame rates will go down with higher resolutions.
Some of NVIDIA’s board partners including EVGA, Asus, Gainward, Gigabyte, MSI and PNY also showed off custom versions of the GTX 960, with some that will be factory overclocked. NVIDIA has set a $199 MSRP for the GTX 960 which is the same price that some partners are even offering their overclocked versions.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 is available for purchase now from physical and online retailers. Additionally, NVIDIA has also released new GeForce drivers that add support for its latest card, you can download these below.