The 900 Series
When Nvidia’s Kepler GTX GeForce 780 launched amidst much hype and fanfare, it was a revolutionary step forward from the days of Fermi. The changes and advances were significant in just about every facet, and the popularity of Kepler is a testament to its own success. So where to go from there?
Moving forward, we would expect the 800 series to be the logical evolution for Nvidia. As we now know, that’s not quite the case. There was no 800 series. Why? Because the 800 series actually existed several years ago and Nvidia wanted to avoid a perceived “step backward” with the public perception? Possibly. To avoid confusion like Classic Coke and New Coke, with the Old 800s and New 800s? Maybe. To hype the notion that 980 is THAT much better sounding, and therefore more desirable. Probably. Mostly likely it’s a combination of all those. Only Nvidia knows for sure, but regardless, here we are with the latest in the 900 series GeForce cards, plain and simple.
What’s interesting is that the GTX 960 is built on a 28nm process, and is based on the GM204 GPU. The new chip, however, comes with a 228m2 die and 2.94 Billion transistors. We also get 1024 shaders, 64 TMUs, and 32 ROPs in the pipe. In terms of memory, there’s 2GB of GDDR5 on a 128-bit bus, and a peak bandwidth of 129 GB/s, which round out the hardware specs.
The Gigabyte GTX 960 Gaming G1 comes overclocked to 1295 MHz on the GM206 Core (base clock, with a Boost up to 1359 MHz), and 2025 MHz Memory speed. It’s an evolution, of course, as this new card supports DX12, Open GL 4.5, Open CL 1.2, and Shader Model 5.0.
Here’s an image that shows a bit more detail on the particulars of the Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming model:
Let’s take a closer look now at the card.