NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: Secrets dispelled, the market gradually filled

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: Secrets dispelled, the market gradually filled

Until January 22, remains, in fact, a week, and there is nothing surprising in the fact that here and there begin to emerge pictures of different variants of GeForce GTX 960, or at least its packaging. NVIDIA, along with partners just trying to fill out the market channels to avoid the “paper launch”, which has already happened in the history of the company. At this time, the lens got GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming. Full model name: GIGABYTE-GTX-960-2GB-D5 G1-GAMING.

A simple box, made in the best traditions of the last design GIGABYTE: black matte finish, name cards and stylized roboglaz. It is interesting that the three alleged options GeForce GTX 960 warehouses seen in more or less massive amounts until only the base, which means that the version with the suffix Ti can not be announced on January 22 and later.

As for the specifications, then there is finally dispelled the last white spots: the basic version NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 is really based on the new core GM206-300, rather than on the next iteration truncation GM204. Sad news: Of course, GM206 powerful first-generation Maxwell, core GM107, but there are 8 computing clusters, giving a total of 1024 stream processors only. The number of blocks of texture and raster operations is 64 and 32 respectively. Presumably, the graphics core is clocked at 1228/1291 MHz.

But the saddest thing – a 128-bit memory bus. Yes, the worst assumptions were true enthusiasts, and the basic version GeForce GTX 960 got half the (!) Memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 970 – 112 GB / s versus 224 GB / s, and then could not help even save on equivalent of 7 GHz frequency at which the video memory is running. Against this background, the presence of only 2 GB of memory is no longer afraid, and do not want more video memory with a bus.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: Secrets dispelled, the market gradually filled

Nothing special NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 can not boast in preliminary tests in 3DMark 11. More precisely, nothing special in terms of high cards of the family. But with the Radeon R9 280 novelty quite tough: the results for GeForce make P9960 mode and performance mode X3321 extreme. Results from the camp of Red fighters are in the region of 9000 – 9500 and 2900 – 3100 respectively. Performance in 3DMark Firestrike modest: 6636 points in the normal mode, 3438, in the extreme, and all points in 1097 mode 4K Ultra. Such permits GeForce GTX 960 is clearly not in the teeth. Acceleration to 1398/1461 at the core frequency allowed to raise the result to 7509 points in 3DMark Firestrike, but still, this little, very little.

And the saddest thing – the price. Although just this option, neither we nor our foreign colleagues do not know exactly, presumably it would be $ 199. But resource WCCFtech reported figure, from which the hair of any reasonable user would have stood on end – $ 310! Given the fact that the price of GeForce GTX 970 start at $ 329, in this situation comes to mind instantly popular Soviet-era anecdote about a favorable ratio of the value of an elephant and a chicken in favor of the latter. However, it is most likely talking about Thailand, where all the prices of new products are extremely high because of the huge import duties.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: Secrets dispelled, the market gradually filled updated: January 14, 2015 author: John Malkovich