NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 vs AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4 GB vs AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT 4 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

24 %
50 %
108% significantly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

28 FPS
61 FPS
33 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

22 FPS
44 FPS
23 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

19 FPS
54 FPS
34 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

17 FPS
25 FPS
7 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

21,072
52,512
149% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

22,380
39,991
78% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

2,293
4,965
116% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,127 MHz
2,310 MHz
104% significantly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,178 MHz
2,815 MHz
138% significantly higher boost clock speed

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

4 GiB
Identical
4 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

128 Bit
100% significantly larger memory bus width
64 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

112 GB/s
144 GB/s
28% slightly higher memory bandwidth

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

120 W
107 W
12% slightly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

38 Gigapixels/s
90 Gigapixels/s
138% significantly higher pixel rate

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

75 Gigatexels/s
180 Gigatexels/s
139% significantly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

2 TFLOPS
6 TFLOPS
139% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

1,024
Identical
1,024

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

64
Identical
64

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

32
Identical
32

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

149th of 526
75th of 526

Family

The product line

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Radeon RX 6000 Series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

January 2015
January 2022

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR5
GDDR6

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.5
4.6

GeForce GTX 960 vs Radeon RX 6500 XT specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark, the Radeon RX 6500 XT GPU is faster than the GeForce GTX 960 in gaming.

Our database shows that the Radeon RX 6500 XT has a significantly higher core clock speed. The core clock speed (or base speed) is the frequency at which the GPU core runs. This metric makes sense when comparing GPUs of a similar architecture or generation. In addition, the Radeon RX 6500 XT also has a significantly higher boost clock speed. The boost clock speed is the frequency that the GPU core can reach if the temperature is low enough. The allows for higher performance in certain scenarios.

Next up, in terms of GPU memory, they both have the same amount of memory at 4 GiB. If you're planning at playing games at high resolutions with high-quality textures, you will need a lot of memory.

In addition, the Radeon RX 6500 XT has a slightly lower TDP at 107 W when compared to the GeForce GTX 960 at 120 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

According to the results of the hardwareDB benchmark utility, the Radeon RX 6500 XT is faster than the GeForce GTX 960.

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