NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960

Compare NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 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

76 %
216% significantly better overall score
24 %

Flux Core frame rate

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

95 FPS
67 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate
28 FPS

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

65 FPS
43 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate
22 FPS

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

68 FPS
49 FPS significantly higher City frame rate
19 FPS

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

47 FPS
30 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate
17 FPS

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

78,091
339% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score
17,784

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

70,754
235% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score
21,072

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

60,775
171% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score
22,380

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

7,528
228% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score
2,293

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,365 MHz
21% slightly higher core clock speed
1,127 MHz

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,680 MHz
42% slightly higher boost clock speed
1,178 MHz

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

6 GiB
49% significantly more memory
4 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

192 Bit
49% significantly larger memory bus width
128 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

336 GB/s
199% significantly higher memory bandwidth
112 GB/s

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

160 W
120 W
33% slightly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

81 Gigapixels/s
113% significantly higher pixel rate
38 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

202 Gigatexels/s
167% significantly higher texture rate
75 Gigatexels/s

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

6 TFLOPS
167% significantly better floating point performance
2 TFLOPS

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

1,920
87% significantly more shading units
1,024

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

120
87% significantly more texture mapping units
64

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

48
49% significantly more render output processors
32

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

44th of 526
149th of 526

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

January 2019
January 2015

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR6
GDDR5

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.6
4.5

GeForce RTX 2060 vs GeForce GTX 960 specs and performance

For gaming, the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card is better than the GeForce GTX 960 in our tests.

The GeForce RTX 2060 has a slightly higher core clock speed. This is the frequency at which the graphics core is running at. While not necessarily an indicator of overall performance, this metric can be useful when comparing two GPUs based on the same architecture. In addition, the GeForce RTX 2060 also has a slightly 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.

Furthermore, the spec sheet for both these GPUs show that the GeForce RTX 2060 has significantly more memory with 6 GiB of memory compared to 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 GeForce GTX 960 has a slightly lower TDP at 120 W when compared to the GeForce RTX 2060 at 160 W. Heat output doesn't match power consumption directly but, it's a good estimate.

In conclusion, all specs and GPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the GeForce RTX 2060 over the GeForce GTX 960.

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