Nvidia brings Maxwell graphics to the masses with entry-level GeForce GTX 960
Nvidia has pulled back the curtain on its latest Maxwell graphics card, the GeForce GTX 960. Unlike previous cards packing the company’s latest GPU architecture, this is an entry level offering, coming in at just US$199.
Maxwell graphics cards are designed to provide up to double the performance of equivalent last-generation GPUs, while lowering power consumption and providing a bevy of new features. The GTX 960 sits right at the bottom of the range, sporting 1,024 CUDA cores with a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz, boostable up to 1.5 GHz. Despite being an estimated 1.6 times faster than a GTX 660, the new card only draws 120 W as opposed to the older card's 140 W requirement, and only needs a single 6-pin power connector to run.
According to Nvidia, the card is capable of delivering 60 frames per second gameplay at 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, even with newer titles. The company released a demonstration of this, showing how the combination of the GPU’s Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) – a Maxwell-exclusive technology – and overlocking allow it to achieve around 60 fps on Far Cry 4. While performance will of course vary from game to game, that’s not bad going for an entry-level card.
The GeForce GTX 960 is available now from various manufacturers, starting at US$199. You can check out the video below for a closer look at the new graphics card.